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This is my collection of "Housewife" books:
There are books on household management, recipe books, and books about mending and darning. A couple of them are reproductions of old books, but most of them are original.
The collection sort of started without me, when my mum and sister went to an antiques fair and found the "Make Do and Mend" pamphlet, thinking it would make a "hilarious" gift for me because I am a bit obsessive about re-using things, fixing things and making do without new things. Now, I go to the antiques fair whenever it's on and scour the old cookery books.
I do use the recipes, too. The "120 ways of using bread" book is insanely useful. The big, red Mrs Beeton book is from the 1930's. It was given to me by my grandmother and belonged to her mother. I also have a 1970's version of Mrs Beeton complete with lurid food photography: