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Cookery Exhibit: Maria Parloa
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Maria Parloa, Home Economics, A Guide to Household Management
(New York: Century Co.), 1898. First Edition.

Parloa (1843-1909) wrote about a dozen cookbooks which went through many editions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her books were considered models of clarity. She also endorsed many food products and served as a spokesperson for companies such as the Walter Baker Cocoa and Chocolate Company.

Selected Excerpts from the Text

Cover To Make the Starch - page 107

Mix to a smooth past half a cupful of corn-starch, or rice-starch, and one pint of cold water. Pour on this, stirring all the time, three quarts of boiling water. Cook for five minutes, stirring continually, then add three quarts of cold water, and strain through cheese-cloth.

Flour-starch is made in the same manner, except that a cupful of flour is used.

To wash a garment with the starch, put two and one half quarts of the starch into a tub with eight quarts of water. Wash the garment in this thoroughly, just as you would with soap-suds. Have eight quarts of warm water in a second tub, and one pint of the starch. The garment is to be washed in this water, and rinsed in plenty of cold water. Turn it wrong side out, and put on the line at once. When dry, sprinkle, and iron on the wrong side. The method of washing with starch is by all odds the most satisfactory for dark prints, cambrics, sateens, etc. Garments that are very much soiled require twice the quantity of starch mentioned above.

Kitchen design How to Mend Plaster Casts and Picture-Frames - page 326

Collect all the pieces, and place the cast where you can work with ease. It is well to have the cast, if small, on a board on which it may be lifted when putting it away. This will obviate the necessity of handling after the cast is mended.

Put a little white of egg in a saucer; stir into this enough fine whiting to make a smooth, thin paste. Wet the broken parts with this, and press them together gently but firmly. When all is done, wipe off any particles of the paste that show. If bits of the cast are lots, fill in with the paste, and spread a little very thin and newly prepared paste over this to give the desired finish.

If there is a great deal of work to be done, prepare the paste several times; it will dry and become rough if it stands any length of time.

White-and-gilt picture-frames may be mended in the same manner. If the gilt part is lost, the repaired portion may be covered with gold-leaf, of, if the frame is a cheap one, it may be touched with the liquid preparation.

Bovine muscular system Furniture-Cleaner and -Polisher - page 332

Put into a quart bottle, in the order named:
1 gill of powdered rottenstone
1 gill of cold-drawn linseed oil
1 gill of turpentine
1 gill of naphtha
1 gill of strong solution of oxalic acid
1/2 gill of alcohol
1 gill of cold water to which has been gradually added a tablespoonful of sulphuric acid.

Shake well the contents of the bottle, and it is ready for use. Keep well corked. Use this, as directed for rottenstone and oil, for cleaning and polishing dull and dirty surfaces. This preparation will remove white marks from oiled, varnished, or painted surfaces.