Green beans, or string beans as they are usually called, must be done [boiled] till very tender — it takes nearly an hour and a half.—Sarah Josepha Hale, The Good Housekeeper (1839)
Sarah Josepha Hale was an American writer and editor who wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” She is also known for campaigning for the creation of the Thanksgiving holiday, and Hale served as editor of Ladies’ Magazine from 1827-1836 and Godey’s Lady’s Book from 1837-1877.
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