I don't know what drove me to download this 1878 cookbook to my Kindle, but I am enjoying reading it.
From the revision preface: "In this edition an additional chapter has been devoted to the preparation of fruit for dessert, with special reference to the needs of American housewives. Most American ladies prepare fruit for table use either by canning it, or making it into rich and expensive preserves; while both of these methods are palatable, and available for winter use, the receipts given in the closing chapter will provide a welcome variety for serving fresh fruits at the table, and will tend to increase the healthy consumption of those abundant and excellent domestic productions, while they cannot fail to decrease the deplorable prevalence of that objectionable national compound, the pie."
That's right, the author hopes to "... decrease the deplorable prevalence of that objectionable national compound, the pie."
There are so many funny little things like that, as well as many tips on what is and is not good nutrition.
A link to the ebook download page: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28419
A link to the html readable online edition follows.