Christine Terhune Herrick

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Christine Terhune Herrick
Christine Terhune Herrick-1893.jpg
Herrick photo published in 1893
Christine Terhune

(1859-06-13)June 13, 1859
DiedDecember 2, 1944(1944-12-02) (aged 85)
Spouse(s)James Frederick Herrick
ChildrenHorace Terhune Herrick
James Frederic Herrick
Parent(s)Edward Payson Terhune
Mary Virginia Terhune

Christine Terhune Herrick (June 13, 1859 – December 2, 1944) was an American author who wrote mostly about housekeeping.[1][2][3][4][5] She published articles in Harper's Bazaar[6] and was also a journalist.[7]


Herrick was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 13, 1859. She was the eldest daughter of the writers Edward Payson Terhune and Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune.[8]

She married James Frederick Herrick (1851–1893),[9] an editor of the Springfield Republican, in 1884.[1] They had three children; Horace Terhune Herrick (1887–1948),[10] James Frederic Herrick, and a toddler daughter who died at age 3.[1]

She published her first article in the first issue of Good Housekeeping in 1885.[1] Her husband died in 1893 of typhoid fever,[9] but she was able to support herself and her two young sons through her writing.[1]

Around 1890, she built a home in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey she called The Outlook, where she resided for 13 years.[11]

She died on December 2, 1944 in Washington, D.C.[12][13]


She wrote over thirty books on housekeeping, childcare and cooking. Herrick also published magazine articles and wrote a book with her mother.[14][15][16]


  • Housekeeping Made Easy (Harpers, 1888)
  • Cradle and Nursery (Harpers, 1889)
  • Liberal Living Upon Narrow Means (Houghton, Mifflin, 1890)
  • What to Eat, How to Serve It (Harpers, 1891)
  • The Little Dinner (Scribners, 1892)
  • Chafing – Dish Suppers (Scribners, 1894)
  • The Cottage Kitchen (Scribners, 1895)
  • The National Cook Book (Scribners, 1896)
  • The Home Book for Mothers and Daughters (Christian Herald, 1897)
  • The New Idea Home and Cook Book (Blanchard, 1900)
  • First Aid to the Young Housekeeper (Scribners, 1900)
  • In City Tents (Putnam, 1902)
  • Hospitality at Small Expense (Clode, 1904)
  • The Expert Maid – Servant (Harpers, 1904)[17][18]
  • The Consolidated Library of Modern Cooking and Household Recipes (Bodmer, 1904)
  • The Lewis Carroll Birthday Book (Wessels, 1905)
  • Sunday Night Suppers (Estes, 1907)
  • The Cooking School (Anderson & Stoner, 1908)
  • Like Mother Used to Make (Estes, 1912)
  • The Helping Hand Cook Book (Moffat, Yard, 1912)
  • My Boy and I (Estes, 1913)[19]
  • Candy Making (Rand, McNally, 1913)
  • Candy Making in the Home (Rand McNally, 1914)
  • The ABC of Housekeeping (Harpers, 1915)
  • The ABC of Cooking (Harpers, 1916)
  • Lose Weight and Be Well (Harpers, 1917)
  • Letters of the Duke of Wellington to Miss J (Unwin, 1924)
  • Feed The Brute (Stokes, 1926)
  • The New Common Sense in the Household (Stokes, 1926)
  • Smart Supper Recipes (Page, 1928)


  1. ^ a b c d e James, Edward T., et al. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Vol. II, p. 188-89 (1971) (ISBN 978-0674627345)
  2. ^ Inventory to the Records of the Women's Project of New Jersey, 1984-2004By Carla B. ZimmermanApril 2008 from Rutgers University
  3. ^ Notes on Contributors from the University of Massachusetts
  4. ^ Concerning Race Suicide by Christine Terhune Herrick
  5. ^ Christine Terhune Herrick
  6. ^ Harper's Bazaar sample article
  7. ^ Marketplace Scholar Works from UMass Quote: "Even the relatively adventurous journalist Christine Terhune Herrick, who recommended that readers of her book In City Tents give tables d’hote a try, reported that ethnic restaurants in America sometimes assembled meals from 'the leavings of hotels and high priced restaurants.'
  8. ^ Burstyn, Joan N. Past and promise: lives of New Jersey women, p.150-51 (Syracuse University Press 1997) (ISBN 978-0815604181)
  9. ^ a b "Obituary Notes". The New York Times. February 4, 1893. Retrieved June 18, 2010. ...
  10. ^ "Horace Herrick, 61, Agricultural Aide". The New York Times. October 8, 1948. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  11. ^ Historic Preservation Property Description-The Outlook Archived May 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Borough of Pompton Lakes. Accessed January 27, 2015. "Built by Christine Terhune Herrick circa 1890. Mrs. Herrick called her home Outlook. Mrs. Herrick lived there for thirteen years."
  12. ^ "Mrs. C. Herrick Dies. Wrote Cook Books, 85". The New York Times. December 3, 1944. Retrieved May 24, 2007. Mrs. Christine Terhune Herrick, author of several books on cooking and housekeeping, died today at the age of 85. She was the widow of the James Frederick ...
  13. ^ "Christine Herrick Dies". Chicago Tribune. December 3, 1944. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  14. ^ Ohio Historical Society[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Digitized Rare Books from Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives
  16. ^ A Social History of Trash By Susan Strasser .
  17. ^ "The Servant Question.; The Expert Maid Servant. By Christine Terhune Herrick. 16mo. Pp. 135. New York: Harper & Brothers, $1 net". The New York Times Book Review. November 5, 1905. Retrieved June 18, 2010. .
  18. ^ Herrick, Christine Terhune. The Expert Maid – Servant (Harper and Brothers, 1904)
  19. ^ The Boy Problem; My Boy And I. By Christine Terhune Herrick. Dana Estes & Co. $1. October 26, 1913, Sunday Section: Review of Books, Page BR581, 418 words Quote: "Christine Terhune Herrick's "My Boy and I," might equally be called the "Education of a Mother." It is a book that every mother of a boy should read, particularly if she is to have no masculine help in bringing up her little man child." New York Times Book review
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