Friday, January 20, 2012

Housekeeping, Cooking, Sewing

I've often said that I love books of all genres, but I can't help but find myself drawn to housekeeping books written in the 1800's or early 1900's.

When I got my Kindle a few weeks ago, as all new Kindle owners do, I searched the internet and download a bunch of free books, pretty much anything I could get my hands on.  But as the time has gone by I've started removing some and being kind of picky with what I download, and it's not even something I'm doing consciously when I'm looking for new books, I just find that when I go into my Kindle, I'm starting to notice a pattern.

Yep, lots of cute books on homemaking and sewing and all sorts of things like that, but they're not just manuals on these subjects, they include stories and cute little snippets here and there.

So, I thought it would be fun to share those links with you, in case any of my readers are drawn to the same kind of books and would like them for their Kindle OR to read online.

A Little Housekeeping Book for a Little Girl  (just select the kind of download you want from the list)

A Little Cookbook for a Little Girl

A Little Sewing Book for a Little Girl

A Little Candy Book for a Little Girl


A Little Preserving Book for a Little Girl   (read online or download PDF or epub file, on the right side of the page under the little gear icon)

Saturday Mornings - a little girl's experiments and discoveries, or How Margaret learned to keep house

Sewing - (scroll down to bottom to download)

Little Lessons for Little Housekeepers

Daily Living   

a manual designed to simplify the work of the housekeeper; being a practical cook book adapted to families of moderate and small means, introducing food principles, marketing, cooking and serving ... furnishing menus and recipes for 365 consecutive days
by Nellie E. Ewart ...published 1908

Nellie's Housekeeping

Daisy's Work

Violet's Idol

Rosalie's Pet

If you enjoy Joanna Mathews, you can follow this link to see many more of her series.  I plan on downloading all the Bessie ones too, actually, I plan on downloading every single one I can get my hands on.....I may be a grown women but these are still my favorite kind of books to read  :)

To get you started with some, check out Joanna Hooe Mathews page on Open Library, there's quite a few there to download :) 

Little House on the Prairie (you KNOW I had to go there lol)

Mrs Beeton's Household Management

These are just a few to get your started, as I find more, I will share with you.  Again, these books are ones that I find interesting and have been downloading to my Kindle, they are merely suggestions :)


  1. You've got some fun books listed. I love the Little house books!

  2. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! What a wonderful gift to give to your readers!

  3. Thank you so so much!!! Very interesting books!! Love to know all about traditional housekeeping :)

  4. So excited to read some of these books! Also, the Little house books have been my favorite since I was very little. My mom used to read those to me and my sister before we knew how to read.

  5. What a great list!! I'll have to see if they are available for the ipad

  6. I thought I was the only one who like old fashioned homekeeping books. I love Mrs Beeton. Thanks, Barb


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