|A Bake Oven (1898, Quebec)|
|Spinning Wheel (1895, Quebec)|
The Canadian Housewife was an interesting read. I feel that I learned a lot about the history of my sisters but it definitely had a 'textbook' vibe to it. Neering does the best she can to liven it up (is laundry ever exciting?) with articles, photographs and recipes from the eras mentioned. I didn't like how it ended abruptly. Being a modern housewife myself, I think there's more to be said about housewives in Canada. It also focuses on the European Canadian experience for the most part. Maybe that's fodder for another book.
It wasn't perfect but was informative and well researched. I recommend it to anyone interested in the lives of ordinary women.