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Henrietta F. Butler cookbook


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Henrietta F. Butler lived at 14 Gunterstone Road in Kensington, London, England. Little else is known about her, but given the date of the cookbook, she may have been born around 1810. She may have had a son or brother named Cole Butler, who, according to the volume, lived at the same address.

Half a century later, London directories from 1902 and 1911 indicate that a Colonel James Butler lived also at 14 Gunterstone Road with his wife, Catherine Butler. He was born around 1846 in Bengal, India and served in the British Army. It is unclear if this family is related to Henrietta Butler.

Several other members of the Butler family are identified within the recipe book, including a Mrs. John Butler of Warblington, Hampshire, England and a Mrs. T. Butler of Midhurst, West Sussex, England.

Also mentioned within the volume is Reverend Sydney Smith (1771-1845), an English writer and Anglican cleric. He was best known for being the founding editor of the Edinburgh Review, lecturing at the Royal Institution, and creating a rhyming salad dressing recipe.


Rumens, Carol. "Poem of the Week: Recipe for a Salad by Sydney Smith." The Guardian. 2019 April 8.

This volume contains 130 culinary recipes and 1 household recipe created and compiled by Henrietta F. Butler between 1826 and 1831 in Kensington, London, England. There are two additional unidentified hands that appear at the end of the volume (p. 60-62, 66-68, 74). The volume is bound in quarter leather. There is an index (p. 71-73) and several pages have been cut out (p. 42-43).

The majority of the recipes in this cookbook are culinary, and within the culinary, most are puddings, baked goods, jams, and jellies. There is a selection of savory recipes (p. 54-59, 66, 74), mostly consisting of stews and soups.

Examples of the culinary recipes in this book include: Mother Eve's pudding (p. 1), Indian corn pudding (p. 7), vermicelli pudding (p. 11), Malaga pudding (p. 12), Knight's Templar pudding (p. 17), Bath buns (p. 21), twelfth cake (p. 24), apple jelly (p. 36), Damson cheese (p. 39), raspberry vinegar (p. 41), Somersetshire pudding (p. 44), macaroni no. 1 (p. 49), to pickle hams (p. 54), Irish stew (p. 57), jugged hare (p. 66), and brine for pork (p. 74).

The sole household recipe is for "water proof dubbing for boots" (p. 69).

Several individuals known to Henrietta Butler are noted in this cookbook, including Cole Butler (p. i), Mrs. C. Butler (p. 2), Mrs. Eldridge of Abingdon (p. 20), Mrs. John Butler of Warblington (p. 52), and Mrs. T. Butler of Midhurst (p. 60).

Reverend Sydney Smith's recipe for salad is also included (p. 59).

Sold by Alastor Rare Books (East Cowes, England), 2023.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Kelin Baldridge Smallwood
Finding Aid Date
17 January 2024
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