This is the last of the books in the pile from my aunt. It was her home economics book from school and has her handwritten notes in pencil with indications of what needs to be learnt for tests and exams. :-)
This was the only “local” book being written and published in South Africa by M.S.E. van Niekerk, Senior Inspectress of Domestic Science and M.A. Phillips, Inspectress of Domestic Science. I never knew that was such a words as inspectress.
Dedicated to the schoolgirls of today-
the housewives of the future
I loved all the instructions in the 4 page introduction and how to test the temperature of an oven without a thermometer. How easy things have become over the years!
The book is divided into two parts – Housewifery and Cookery.
The chapters under Housewifery cover The Domestic and Personal Duties of the Members of the Family in the Home; The Care of the Home; The Outside of The House; The Choice, Care and Cleaning of Household Cleaning Utensils; Metals; The Kitchen – Furnishing and Equipment; The Kitchen Sink; Stoves; The Disposal of Household Waste; Cutlery; China; Glass; The Setting of Tables; Shoes and Leather Articles; Brushes and Combs; Books; Furniture; Floor Coverings; The Bedroom; The Bath-Room and Lavatory; Household Mending; Household Cloths; Household Pests and The Household Budget.
The chapters under Cookery cover Marketing; Terms Used in Cookery; Weighing and Measuring; Foods and Nutrients; Methods of Cooking; The Planning of Meals; Soups; Fish; Meat; Vegetables; Salads; Fruit; Beverages; Milk and Milk Products; Eggs; Cereals; Raising Agents; Flour Mixtures; Sandwiches; The Preservation of Food; Sauces and Kitchen Economy.
Each chapter has comprehensive information with nothing being left to the imagination – a great book for young ladies of the time. Oh dear, now I am making my aunt sound old – sorry Aunty Christine – you know what I mean.
By the time I got to having home economics classes, all we learnt was how to cook and bake basic items, that was it, well as far as my old brain can remember.
What did you learn in home economics at school?