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Thematic recipe book

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The creators of this "Thematic receipe book" are unknown, but appear to have lived in the Yorkshire area of England during the 1880s. Bakewell pudding is an accidental creation, resulting from a mid-19th century misunderstanding in the kitchen of the White Horse Inn in Bakewell, England. The Inn's mistress, Mrs. Greaves, instructed the cook to make a strawberry tart, but the cook spread the ground almond and egg paste mixture over the top of the tart instead of mixing it into the pastry dough, resulting in what became Bakewell pudding.

Sources:

"Bakewell Pudding Shop: History." The Old Bakewell Pudding Shop, 2023, www.bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk/our-history.

This volume contains 64 culinary recipes created or compiled in the late 19th century, possibly in Yorkshire, England. The volume is bound in half leather and has an original marbled pastedown and endleaf. The volume is written by one primary hand with a second hand appearing sporadically (p. 30, 43, 48, 136, 138, and 159). Neither contributor is identified.

The recipes are organized thematically, according to an index. There are "soups broths" (p.1), "made dishes" (p. 12), sauces (p. 18), "puddings pies etc" (p. 22) "cakes biscuits etc" (p. 32), jellies (p. 36), pickles (p. 40), "wine beer etc" (p. 46), and miscellaneous (p. 54).

The volume is written primarily in English, but there are two recipes written entirely in French – "Bouillie Gratinée" (p. 7) and "Coquilles de Ris de Veau" (p. 29).

Examples of recipes include, tapioca soup (p. 3), "omelot with kidney beef" (p. 12), Boudin à la Hollondaise (p. 24), Bakewell pudding (p. 24), Cornish fish pie (p. 28), Omnibus pudding (p. 30), scarlet beef (p. 41), and The King Cup (p. 47).

Sold by Alastor Rare Books, Ltd. (Lymington, England), 2021.

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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kelin Baldridge Smallwood
Finding Aid Date
2023 September 15
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