Hinkle uncovered a copy of his grandmother's The New Dixie Cook Book published in 1896. This book gave details on how a housewife could maintain a clean home and a well run kitchen. The book included directions on how to make homemade soaps and suggested using chemicals such as iron sulfate, sprinkled on a clean floor to prevent malarial exhalations. Suggestions were also made about the husband's role in moving heavy objects for cleaning. The book finally suggested that women not work themselves too hard and that they take time to rest and count their blessings.