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Recipes for Cake, pies, & pudding &c

circa 1867-1888


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 102


Creator: Creator unknown.


Title: Recipes for Cake, pies, & pudding &c


Inclusive Dates: circa 1867-1888


Extent: 1 v. (70 p.) ; 15 cm.


Abstract: Although the compiler of this late nineteenth-century manuscript recipe book is unknown, in many instances, names and dates are attributed to the entries. The majority of the recipes in the volume are, as the title suggests, desserts and baked goods such as cakes, puddings, and breads. The remaining entries can be categorized as main dishes or medicinal receipts for treating various illnesses and conditions.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 097, Item 102, Recipes for Cake, pies, & pudding &c, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 102: Shelved in SPEC MSS 097

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Transfer from print backlog, 1992.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Lindsey Baker, June 2007.


The collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The recipes within this anonymous book suggest an extensive social network for trading and collecting recipes. There are multiple entries for the same food, such as the entry on the front pastedown for ginger snaps provided by "Libbie" and the later entry for ginger snaps attributed to "Emma Lills." There are names and dates associated with many of the recipes, indicating the span of time over which this collection of recipes was compiled.

Sources:

Historical information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

The majority of the recipes in the volume are, as the title suggests, desserts and baked goods such as cakes, puddings, and breads. The remaining entries can be categorized as main dishes or medicinal receipts for treating various illnesses and conditions.

The recipes in the first two-thirds of the book include entries for such items as white cake, molasses pound cake, cream cake, ginger snaps, fried bread, and white sponge cake. The recipes which feature meat as an ingredient include several ways to prepare beef and a brine for ham. The receipts for medicinal home remedies include instructions for treating burns, dog bites, poison ivy irritation, and rattlesnake bites.

This small leather-bound volume contains seventy pages of writing in ink and pencil, as well as writing on the front and end pastedowns. The title, "Recipes for Cake, pies, & pudding &c" is written inside the front cover of the book; &c is an alternate way to abbreviate etcetera. A poem titled "Beyond the River," which was clipped from a newspaper, is sewn onto the first page. Although the compiler of this late nineteenth-century manuscript recipe book is unknown, in many instances, names and dates are attributed to the entries. A handwritten recipe is sewn onto one of the final pages in the volume as well. Another page bears the word "cat" written in a child's hand. The general wear and stained pages indicate that this small recipe book likely received frequent use.


Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
Cooking, American.
Materia medica.
Form/Genre Terms
Cookbooks.
Recipes.
Manuals (Handbooks)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.


Detailed Contents List

Recipes for Cake, pies, & pudding &c, circa 1867-1888   [Item 102]

1 v.