March 19, 2016
You all loved the vintage advice for new brides I posted the other day so I went looking for more in the same vein. And what did I come up with? A book from 1947 that just makes me mad.
Not only does Ms. Malone offer instructions on heating up canned soup, she also upholds the terrifying ideal of the subservient and perfect – in deed and demeanor – little wife.
As you’ll see, the first ingredient for a successful breakfast is essentially you, the reader, the new wife, all dewy and well-groomed… No wonder my mother and her friends were all so angry!
I assumed the whole book would drone on in this fashion, but then I got to the section called, “We deal in trickery.” Reading it I was almost ready to forgive Ms. Malone. “If you cake has fallen, don’t grieve for a second. A fallen cake is always richer.” Shades of Eve – apple and all.
And one day I’m going to try those cookies…..
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