Exploring Antique Cookbooks.
This is a highly eclectic range of cookbooks. The book titles below are linked to the Library of Congress. Enjoy!
- The cook and housewife’s manual : a practical system of modern domestic cookery and family management 1837
- American cookery, or, The art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables : and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves : and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plumb to plain cake, adapted to this country, and all grades of life 1796
- American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families. 1819
- A shilling cookery for the people : embracing an entirely new system of plain cookery and domestic economy 1855
- The art of modern cookery displayed. Consisting of the most approved methods of cookery, pastry, and confectionary of the present time. 1767
- Adam’s luxury, and Eve’s cookery, or, The kitchen-garden display’d : in two parts … to which is added, the physical virtues of every herb and root. 1744
- Cheap receipts and hints on cookery; collected for distribution amongst the Irish peasantry in 1847.
- Kettner’s book of the table : a manual of cookery, practical, theoretical, historical. 1897
- The new book of cookery, or, Every woman a perfect cook : containing the greatest variety of approved receipts in all the branches of cookery and confectionary 1760
- E. Kidder’s receipts of pastry and cookery for the use of his scholars : who teaches at his school in Queen Street near St. Thomas Apostles on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1740 (FAVORITE)
- French domestic cookery, combining economy with elegance, and adapted to the use of families of moderate fortune. 1825
- The art of cookery, made plain and easy; which far exceeds any thing of the kind ever yet published 1747 (Talk about having to live up to a claim!)
- A collection of above three hundred receipts in cookery, physick, and surgery : for the use of all good wives, tender mothers, and careful nurses 1734
- The Accomplish’d lady’s delight in preserving, physick, beautifying, and cookery 1675
- The housekeeper’s valuable present, or, Lady’s closet companion : being a new and complete art of preparing confects, according to modern practice 1790
- The art of cookery made easy and refined; comprising ample directions for preparing every article requisite for furnishing the tables of the nobleman, gentleman, and tradesman.1808
- Soyer’s culinary campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war. With the plain wit of cookery for military and civil institutions the army, navy, public, etc. etc. 1857
- The whole body of cookery dissected, taught and fully manifested, methodically, artificially, and according to the best tradition of the English, French, Italian, Dutch, &c., 1673 (Artificial cooking…hmm…)
- The closet of the eminently learned Sir Kenelme Digby, Kt., opened : wherein is discovered several ways for making of metheglin, sider, cherry-wine, &c., together with excellent directions for cookery 1671
- The lady’s complete guide; or, Cookery in all its branches … To which is added … The complete brewer … Also, The family physician; consisting of a considerable collection of approved prescriptions 1788 (Talk about responsibilities…)
- The queen-like closet, or, Rich cabinet : stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying, and cookery, very pleasant and beneficial to all ingenious persons of the female sex 1672
- The Farmer’s wife, or, Complete country housewife : containing … to which is added the art of breeding and managing song birds in general, likewise a variety of receipts in cookery 1789 (Breeding song birds?!)
Hope you enjoyed this list. Again, all of the titles are hyperlinked to the US Library of Congress digital archives so you can browse through them, too. US tax dollars at work!
What’s your favorite title? Cast your vote in the Comments below!
More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks
- Potato Omelet ~ 1900
- Oranges With Jelly ~1886
- I must confess to a weakness for asparagus in mid-winter…~1893