The book contains useful advice to the 1860's housewife on how to cook, sew, and keep a perfect home.
Mrs. Cornelius (not sure if that is her first or last name) states, How often do we see the happiness of a husband abridged by the absence of skill, neatness, and economy in the wife! Really?? Many a day-laborer, on his return at evening from his hard toil, is repelled by the sight of a disorderly house and a comfortless supper; and perhaps is met by a cold eye instead of 'the thriftie wifie's smile;' and he makes his escape to the grog-shop or the underground gambling-room.
Apparently I need to work on my thriftie wifie's smile...whatever that is....or my husband will take off to the liqueur store or casino.