The Compleat Housewife by Eliza Smith


This book of cookery secures a spot in our "top five" list of recommended 18th century cookbooks, and is valuable library addition for anyone interested in historical foodways.

First Published in 1727, Eliza Smith's The Compleat Housewife became hugely popular with 18 printed editions. This piece of literary and culinary history provides an intriguing glimpse into 18th century English cuisine as well as some of the contributing ethic influences.

This is the 1730 edition with more than 330 pages. Facsimile text, paperback.

Made in USA

Item # C-7002

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Good read

Terrible printing. The old English is great but how ever it was printed is just awful. A lot of the book isn’t even readable because it’s so sloppy.

James J. Grimes
Recipes and More...

The Compleat Housewife is indeed complete. Most of the book contains hundreds of recipes, but there is also a section on making drinks and another section on health remedies in the home. It is an important part of my 18th Century cooking library.

Steven Lasher
Exactly what I wanted!

Nothing of note to point out, just that it is exactly what it is advertised as.