On the personality of a good cook

"Make choice of a strong, healthy, intelligent, brisk, cheerful, honest person ; one who has been accustomed to obedience, and has been trained in habits of neatness, for it is scarcely possible to engraft these habits on one who has lived contentedly a sloven for fifteen or twenty years."

"An intelligent person is apt to have some temper. Amiability, it is true, is lovely in the human character, but a superabundance of this quality in a cook is not desirable."

Mrs Mary Ann Bryan Mason, "The Young Housewife's Counsellor and Friend: Containing Directions in Every Department of Housekeeping, Including the Duties of Wife and Mother." J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1871.