Technical Housewifery

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The introduction of new technological gadgets in the Canadian home in the mid-late 19th century, such as gas stoves and ice boxes, meant that housekeeping required less time and effort than in the past. In many households, full-time help was no longer needed. Many women began to take great pride in their cooking, especially the opportunity to present beautiful, tasty, and complicated dishes to dinner guests. The “perfect” hostess was often known for her careful attention to detail in the kitchen which was evident in her signature dishes.

This section will explore the new style of cookbook, which became a prominent fixture in the kitchens of middle and upper-class housewives.