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Housewife

A woman who stays home while her husband works to earn a living. Housewives generally are responsible for cooking, cleaning and child-rearing. For that reason, they form a strong demographic for products related to these activities. Housewives are less common today as women have gradually entered the workforce and more households have two breadwinners. See also: Housewife time.
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Gervase Markham notes in his The English Huswife, a book geared to a slightly lower class of reader than Plat's, and which, as a result, contains both practical cookery and banqueting receipts, that banqueting dishes are "not of general [i.
The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchen, first published in 1588, offers a good idea of the type of pie Shakespeare is referring to here.
In his book The good huswifes Jewell, Thomas Dawson writes of sugar, spices, and confits, but it is the coming of the "soteltie," or subtlety, which gives them power to transform.
Thomas Dawson, The good huswifes Iewell (1587), 26-27.