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To Be a Good Cook

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From the introduction to the 1915 Ladies’ Aid Cookbook

“To be a good cook means the knowledge of all fruits, herbs, balms and spices. It means carefulness, inventiveness, watchfulness, willingness and readiness of appliance. It means the economy of your grandmother, and the science of modern chemists; it means much tasting and no wasting, it means English thoroughness, French art, Arabian hospitality. It means, in fine, that you are to be perfectly and always ladies, and you are to see that everybody has something nice to eat.” — Ruskin.

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