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British household recipe book


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Little is known about the identify of this volume's creator, though they were likely from above-average wealth given their literacy.

Mulligatawny soup originated from South Indian cuisine and became popular in British cuisine in the 19th century. The earliest British references to the soup date back to 1784, and by 1827 it had become ubiquitous. According to the Oxford Companion to Food, it contains chicken, mutton, lentils, fried onion, and spices. The name originates from Tamil words translating to "pepper-water."

This volume contains 164 culinary and 21 household and medicinal recipes likely compiled in England in the 1840s. The volume is bound in half burgundy leather (rebacked) over marbled paper boards.

The volume is tabulated alphabetically and the recipes are organized accordingly. At the end of each letter's section, there are several blank pages (p. 2-6, 13-22, 31-42, 45-49, 51-58, 60-64, 67-72, 74-80, 85-92, 100-102, 107-114, 116-121, 141-144, 146-152, 157-160, 162-168, 170-176, 180-190, 193-194, 202-235). There are also several inserted leaves with recipes (p. 65, 81, 93, 103, and 123).

Several of the recipes are attributed to various individuals, including Miss Blackstock (p. 7), Miss Yates (p. 8), Miss Carrie (p. 9), Miss Theahstone (p. 44), Miss Borndaile (p. 50), Mrs. Horsfell (p. 66), Mrs. Byron (p. 83), Mrs. Gladwin (p. 83), Miss Carson (p. 99), Miss Seaforth (p. 104), Mrs. J. Forster (p. 153), and Mrs. Hind Leeds (p. 179). Many of these names are attached to multiple recipes.

Examples of culinary recipes include beef tea (p. 11), calves head hash (p. 23), buttered eggs (p. 50), honey comb gingerbread (p. 65), real Scotch marmalade (p. 99), mince pies (p. 124), Canterbury pudding (p. 126), Lady Graham's pudding (p. 135), Mulligatawny soup (p. 154), and to make yeast (p. 191).

Examples of household and medicinal recipes include for a cold (p. 196), to take rust off steel (p. 197), and to destroy cockroaches (p. 198).

Sold By The Second Shelf (London, England), 2022.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kelin Baldridge Smallwood
Finding Aid Date
2023 November 7
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