Even so, the book is hardly a practical manual for the contemporary cook. Working with mortar and pestle, sieve and sturdy pot, the "Carolina Housewife" of 1847 could learn "How to Caveach [prepare as escabeche] a Mackerel," "To Dress a Calf's Head in Imitation of Turtle," or "To Make a Dish of Snow." From her kitchen, she could turn out such concoctions as Bops, Zephyrines, Dodgers, Dabs, Jumbles, Marvelles, and Wigs—all of them varieties of biscuits, breads, or tea cakes. The author also includes a receipt "for throwing an illusion over an indifferent dinner, to which company is suddenly brought home, by that notoriously thoughtless person, the husband." Her injunction is brisk: "A clean tablecloth and a smiling countenance."