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Book, "Good Things Made, Said and Done, for Every Home and Household'; Goodall, Ba...

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Book, Book,
Name/Title
Book, "Good Things Made, Said and Done, for Every Home and Household'
Edition
Fourth
Maker Role
Publisher
About this object
Fourteen-year-old Clara Emily Clendon received this cooking book in 1880. It is filled with old-fashioned recipes and accompanying decorative illustrations for meals such as mayonnaise of mutton, roast goose, giblet pie, jugged hare, gooseberry fool, Welsh rabbit and mock crab. It also includes health and home recipes for quinine wine, plate powder, and lavender water perfume. At the head and foot of every page, there are little moral phrases, such as ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’, ‘moderation is a great safeguard’, ‘despise school and remain a fool’, and ‘hunger is the best sauce.’

Before the mid-20th century, it was generally accepted that a woman’s social role was centred upon marriage, motherhood, and taking care of husband, home and children. Housekeeping, especially cooking, was a significant part of the life of a nineteenth-century woman. This book provides an insight into the types of foods that were available and utilised during the Victorian era.

Clara was born on 14 April 1866 and was the daughter of Captain James Reddy and Jane Takotowi Clendon (nee Cochrane). She grew up at Clendon House, located in Rawene (previously known as Herd’s Point) in the Hokianga region. On 19 February 1885, Clara married Andrew Webster at Herd’s Point Church in Hokianga. They had three children: Frederick, James Reddy and Edith May.

For more information about the Clendon family and Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials
Paper, leather and cardboard
Measurements
14 x 9.5 x 0.6cm
Date Made
1880
Place Made
London, England
Publisher
Goodall, Backhouse & Co.
Publication Place
London, England
Publication Date
1880
Subject and Association Keywords
Girlhood
Credit Line
Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Book
Object number
XCH.260

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