Housewife Manuals: A Research Document


British Isles

The English Housewife by Gervase Markham (1615)


Manual de mugeres en el qual se contienen muchas y diversas reçeutas muy buenas / Manual of Women in which is contained many and diverse very good recipes (16th century) 


Le Ménagier de Paris / The Goodman of Paris (1393)


The Secrets of Lady Isabella Cortese (1561) Full Title: “I secreti de la signora Isabella Cortese: ne’qvali si contengono cose minerali, medicinali, arteficiose, & alchimiche, & molte de l’arte profumatoria, appartenenti a ogani gran signora: con altri bellissimi secreti aggiunti”

*For translation help:  Florio’s 1611 Italian/English Dictionary:  Queen Anna’s New World of Words

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