American Cookbook, Mostly Sweets, ca. 1860

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[Library Title: English cookbook, 1800s]

Manuscript Location
University of Iowa Main Library, Special Collections, Szathmary Culinary Archive
Manuscript Cookbooks Survey Database ID#
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Composition
ca. 1860
Written in an unusually large (almost childlike) but highly legible hand, this cookbook of 97 numbered pages focuses on desserts, cakes, breads, and griddle cakes. Many of the recipes are copied or paraphrased from American cookbooks published during the second third of the nineteenth century. The Baked Indian Pudding, for example, comes from Directions for Cookery (1837), by Philadelphia cookbook author Eliza Leslie, and the book's two sweet pudding sauces are paraphrased from Sarah Hale's 1845 American edition of a cookbook by English author Eliza Acton. Recipes include Mrs. Goldsby's Receipt Italian Cream, Rice Wafles, Pot au Feu, Sago Pudding, A Good Custard, Connecticut Bannock, Potato Cakes, Fresh Potato Yeast, Premium Bread, Rice Cakes, Spiced Cantalope, Melon Rind Jam, Telegraph Pudding, Turtle Bean Soup without Meat, Coco Nut Pudding, Mrs. Buchanan's Spiced Round of Beef, Sweet Pickled Cantelopes, Whortleberries, Lemon Cheese Cake, Apples, Apple Jelly, Cranbery Sauce, Apple Sauce, Wine Jelly, Water Melon Jam, Sweet Pudding Sauce, Punch Sauce, A Delicious Pudding Sauce, Good Oyster Sauce, Washington Breakfast Loaf, Soft Ginger Cake, Pickled Damsons, Soft Jumbles, Sponge Cake, Potato Pudding, Rusk, Poor Man's Cake, Apple Pudding, Indian Meal Pudding, Indian Meal Cakes, Albany Cakes, Cup Cake or 1,2,3,4, Pound Cake, Measure Cake, Portugal Cake, Rich Fruit Cake, Cork Cake, Mock Cake, Macaroons, Lemon Cake, Toleration Cake, Ohio Cake, Bisuit Dough, Black Cake, Mrs. Bennett's Receipt for Macaroons, Fruit Cake, Cream Cakes, Fruit Cake, Frosting, Composition Cake, Lemon Sponge Cake, Ginger Bread, Light Biscuit, Shrewsbury Biscuit, Mountain House Party, Panton Biscuit, Savoy Biscuit, Drop Biscuit, Rice Cakes, Potato Yeast, Rice Fritters, Mush Cakes, Breakfast Loaf, Ten Minutes Soda Biscuit, Whips, Rice Griddle Cakes, Boneclabber or Soda Muffins, Lemon Biscuit, Breakfast Loaf, Apple Trifle, Lemon Custard to Freese, Floating Island, Blackberry Brandy, Soft Jumbles, Raspberry Sponge, and Meringues.

This book almost certainly originated in the United States, not in England, as the the library believes.