Main content

Manuscript recipe book


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Sarah K. Fotterall is the creator of this nineteenth-century manuscript recipe book. Certain recipe ingredients, such as oysters, tomatoes, and peaches, suggest that she may have lived in the mid-Atlantic region. Furthermore, the use of imported produce such as lemons, oranges, coconut, and pineapples indicate that the author had access to a port city, possibly Philadelphia.

Biographical information derived from the collection.

This nineteenth-century manuscript volume, containing food and medicinal receipts, belonged to Sarah K. Fotterall, whose name is engraved on the front cover. This small, leather-bound volume contains recipes for a variety of types of food and drink, home remedies, and housekeeping tips.

The food and drink recipes are arranged in categories such as meat preparation and pickling. They include instructions for preparing fish, beef, pastries, vegetables, bread, beer, and cordials. The medicinal recipes include instructions for treating colds, swelling, cough, and cramps. The housekeeping hints are much fewer in number and include instructions for cleaning silk and preventing hair loss. Some of the recipes throughout the book are attributed to others, such as the Brandy Peaches, which are noted as "Mrs. Birking's receipt."

Food receipts comprise the front three-quarters of the volume. Between the sections, some pages are left blank, preserving space for later additions. Several pages have also been torn out. The remaining quarter consists of medicinal receipts, followed by a small number of housekeeping receipts. Fotterall oriented the food and medicinal sections differently, so the reader must turn the volume upside-down to view the final section.

The volume consists of 152 pages, 118 of which bear writing in ink and pencil; marbleized pastedowns; and four items laid-in items, including instructions on how to wash blankets and a newspaper clipping dated 1864.

  1. Item 0107: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Gift of the Moyerman Family, 1972.

Processed and encoded by Lindsey Baker, June 2007.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 June 18
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Manuscript recipe book, approximately 1800-1864.
Item 0107
Physical Description

1 volume

Print, Suggest