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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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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