Washington DC: The Brodix Publishing Co., 1889. Wraps. 12 pages. 42 x 28 cm. This charming periodical features six sheets of cooking instructions detailing: Fish-Soup; Meat; Sauces-salads; Vegetables; Pastry; Sweets and Preserves; and How to Make Bread. The binding style and large type set likely indicates that this publication was meant for display in the kitchen. The inside cover purports the benefits of a healthy diet, especially focused on wheat and grain's positive effects on the brain. The following pages outline recipes and instructions for proper food preparation, taking care to mention the repercussions of poorly tended food (ranging from indigestion from unchopped capers to dangers of under or overcooked vegetables). The final page includes helpful hints for food shopping, health and safety suggestions as well as a treatise on the proper diet for invalids.
The Home Magazine, a monthly illustrated periodical, ran from 1888 to 1908 serving as a guide to social, domestic and business life. Mrs. John A Logan served as editor for the Home Magazine following the death of her husband, a Civil War general and statesman John A. Logan. Born Mary Simmerson Cunningham, an educated woman from Missouri, she played an active role in her husband's political life, accompanying him on campaigns and organizing volunteers. Mary became a prominent figure in Washington society in her own right, often meeting with Adele Douglas, wife of Senator Stephen A. Douglas, and Julia Dent Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant, to discuss political happenings and social issues. Mary was a celebrated American writer and editor, authoring two books and contributing to several publications including William Randolph Hearst's monthly syndicate, Cosmopolitan. She was committed to social causes, dedicating herself to the women's suffrage movement and was an early supporter of the American Red Cross. Weak fold across cover, wear to edges and small paper loss to inside pages not effecting text. Oversized pink paper wrappers, staple bound. Very good. Item #339