American Recipe Book, ca. 1850-ca. 1880

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[Library Title: Recipe book, [ca.1850?].]

Manuscript Location
Winterthur Library
Holding Library Call No.
Doc. 1424
Manuscript Cookbooks Survey Database ID#
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Composition
ca. 1850-ca 1880
Kept by an unknown person, this 113-page book includes recipes for a variety of cakes (Jenny Lind, Boston, Lady, Temperance, and New York); icings; omelets; pickling (watermelon rinds, cucumbers, and peaches); preserving pineapples; mead, blackberry cordial, and small beer; caramels; pies; cookies (sugar biscuits, molasses crackers, and jumbles); cornbread; chow-chow; and preserving beef. Some recipes are attributed, such as Annie Walborn's Gingerbread. Some of the recipes written in pencil are very difficult to read. On pages 74-76 there is a list of tablecloths, napkins, and silver, both solid and plated. Most of the silver is marked S.E.B., R.B., or R.L.B. It comprises teaspoons, tablespoons, forks, and knives, including a tea knife and a butter knife. A partial index is written at the beginning of the volume. A complete typed index is available at the library.