1742.001: The Compleat Housewife.

Published: 1742

Full Title: The Compleat Housewife: or, Accomplish'd gentlewoman's companion: being a collection of several hundred of the most approved receipts, in cookery, pastry, confectionary, preserving, pickles, cakes, creams, jellies, made wines, cordials. And also bills of fare for every month in the year. To which is added, a collection of near two hundred family receipts of medicines; viz. drinks, syrups, salves, ointments, and many other things of sovereign and approved efficacy in most distempers, pains, aches, wounds, sores, &c. never before made publick in these parts; fit either for private families, or such publick-spirited gentlewomen as would be beneficent to their poor neighbors. … Collected from the fifth edition.

Author: Smith, Eliza (d. ca. 1732).

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: William Parks

Description: 252 pgs.; 18 cm. (12mo)


First cookbook published in North America. Two differing binding states among surviving copies indicates that this title was available in sheets for several years after publication, with the last signature in each gathering evincing different advertisements for books then for sale in the Williamsburg printing office.

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