I'm in the process of selling some cookbooks, and this one in particular is so much fun that I thought I'd share some excerpts. It's called "The White House Cookbook," first published in 1887, one of the co-authors being Hugo Ziemann, who was steward of the White House, apparently during the McKinley administration. It's a big book, over 500 pages, and mostly food recipes, but quite a bit of tips, remedies, advice, warnings.
TO CURE EARACHE
Tobacco smoke, puffed into the ear, has oftentimes been effectual.
TO KEEP MILK SWEET
Put into a panful a spoonful of grated horseradish, it will keep it sweet for days.
THAWING FROZEN MEAT, ETC.
If meat, poultry fish, vegetable, or nay other article of food, when found frozen, is thawed but putting it into warm water or placing it before the fire, it will most certainly spoil by that process, and be rendered unfit to eat. Then only way to thaw these things is by immersing them on sold water. [Note that they speak of things "found" frozen, presumably accidentally.)
Asparagus - which should be always served on bread or toast so as to absorb superfluous moisture - may be taken from the finger and thumb.
Green corn should be eaten from the cob; but it must be held with a single hand.
A family dinner, even with a few friends, can be made quite attractive and satisfactory without much display or expense; consisting first of good soup, then fish garnished with suitable additions, followed by a roast; then vegetables and some made dishes, a salad, crackers, cheese and olives, then dessert. This sensible meal, well cooked and neatly served, is pleasing to almost any one, and is within the means of any housekeeper in ordinary circumstances.