Story: Cooking

The up to date housewife

In her 1926 cookbook The up to date housewife, Melanie Primmer argued that British cookbooks assumed women had servants, including cooks, so the books were less useful in New Zealand, a largely servantless nation. Primmer's book was written with New Zealand conditions in mind and she included a section on setting up a kitchen, which she knew would be mainly used by housewives.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-K 876; (Melanie S. Primmer, The up-to-date housewife: recipes, food suggestions and family hints for all occasions. Dunedin: Coulls Somerville Wilkie, 1926)

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David Burton, 'Cooking - Who cooks?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by David Burton, published 5 Sep 2013