How to Cook a Husband Manuscript Book A Collection in Special Collections

How to Cook a Husband Manuscript Book, c. 1880 Ms.2010.079

A Collection in Special Collections


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Julia Viets

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2010.079
Title
How to Cook a Husband Manuscript Book,c.1880
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Language
English .
Abstract
This collection consists of a book entitled, A Novel Recipe "How to Cook a Husband," c. 1880. Intended for newlywed women, the book's popular recipe contains metaphors that compare treating a husband well to cooking a good meal.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the How to Cook a Husband Manuscript Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: How to Cook a Husband Manuscript Book, Ms2010-079, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was obtained by Special Collections in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the How to Cook a Husband Manuscript Book was completed in October 2010.


Historical Information

The book's contents are based on a popular story that uses cooking metaphors to instruct newlywed women in treating their husbands well. Although the creator of the original story is unknown, the story is thought to have originated in New England in the early 1880s.

Scope and Content

The collection contains a single hand-made ribbon-bound manuscript entitled, A Novel Recipe "How to Cook a Husband." The book's recipe instructs newlywed women on how to treat their husbands well with metaphors that compare wifely duties and cooking. It starts off with the lines, "A good many husbands are utterly spoiled by mismanagement in cooking and are so not tender and good."

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • History of Food and Drink

Container List

folder 1
Manuscript book,
c.1880