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Manuscript recipe book


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

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Overview and metadata sections

The author of this nineteenth-century manuscript recipe book is unknown.

This nineteenth-century manuscript recipe book contains forty-eight pages of handwritten entries and printed clippings of food, medicinal, and housekeeping receipts. The clippings appear to be from different publications, with no discernible organization.

The food recipes, medical receipts, and housekeeping instructions are arranged in no apparent order; for example, one page displays a variety of clippings which include the receipts for croup, cancer of the nose, and hair oil, alongside recipes for ginger nuts, federal cake, and sugar cake. Other food receipts within this volume include instructions for cakes, cookies, breads, and vegetables. The medicinal receipts include cures for snake bites, measles, hives, and rheumatism. Housekeeping instructions include improving candlewicks, exterminating flies and roaches, and making cement. With the exception of the instructions on how to kill flies and roaches, all of the handwritten recipes are food-based; however, the printed clippings include food, medicinal, and housekeeping receipts.

The handwriting is in ink on unlined paper, most of which bears staining and spotting. The book is long and narrow measuring approximately 10 x 27 cm.

Purchase, March 2000.

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 1835-1858.
Item 0145
Physical Description

1 volume

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