On women's work, and its importance


"Never be satisfied with any but the nicest cooking, with variety enough to make your table a delight as well as a necessity. And don't let anybody lay it to you that you are pampering your family, and devoting yourself to a low sphere of action. 

"You are doing no such thing, but are giving them strong, active bodies, steady nerves and tempers, and clear brains to meet their work with. By just so much as you neglect your part of the work, they will fail in theirs. You are the engineer to feed the fires, and keep the wheels oiled, and the whole family system depends on you. 

"Don't dare to call such work low."

~ 'The Home Cook Book', 1877 (Hunter, Rose and Co, Toronto.)