The Woman Suffrage Cookbook Review

The Woman Suffrage Cookbook Review

Title: The Woman Suffrage Cookbook: The 1886 Classic
Author: Hattie A. Burr
Published: May 21, 2020, Dover Publications
No. of Pages: 176
Cover Price: $14.95 Paperback, $13.29 Kindle

The Woman Suffrage Cookbook was originally published in 1886 as a fundraiser for the women’s movement to pass the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote. The book includes recipes from prominent women suffragists at the time. The cookbook includes recipes for almost everything that was popular in the day, and before there were convenience foods. While the recipes may be considered old fashioned, that is actually what is charming about this cookbook. There are recipes for condiments, jellies, jams, and relishes, as well as the expected recipes for meats, poultry, vegetables, and desserts including cakes, pies, cookies, and puddings. There is even a chapter with recipes for invalids. The recipes call for fresh and natural ingredients, so this cookbook may appeal to those who try to cook naturally and healthy. Also included are recipes for soaps, as well as household hints.

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t have photographs, but that is to be expected since this cookbook was first published so long ago. The recipes are written in paragraph form, and are short on directions. Anyone who cooks can figure out how to make them, however, and the recipes (at least the ones I tried) do actually turn out. This cookbook resembles a modern day church or community cookbook where the recipes which have been submitted and are most likely not tested by anyone except the submitter whose names are found at the bottom of the recipe.

Anyone who enjoys cooking old fashioned food from cookbooks from the past will certainly enjoy this charming cookbook

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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