Welcome to Convivial Supper! My name is Erin O’Reilly, lay antique cookbook hobbyist. This blog is dedicated to the interesting excerpts I encounter related to American and British home cookery. In my other life, I am a university administrator, mother, Army veteran, amateur winemaker, and overall decent human being.


Due to copyright laws, the blog’s focus is work in the public domain, pre-1923. The blog includes excerpts from my private collection as well as books and newspapers from the Library of Congress. If you find that there is a citation from a book with a renewed copyright, please Contact Me.

Lest I Offend…

To My Esteemed Readers:

The contents of this blog are pulled from a range of historical documents and are loosely curated based on their novelty to today’s reader. Excerpts may not be politically correct! The excerpts may cause unintended offense due to their implied values. Indeed, some perspective may be needed when perusing Convivial Supper. These authors penned their works during interesting times – the Industrial Revolution, the Potato Famine, the the rise and fall of the British Empire, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, Prohibition, Suffrage – and, as such, posts should be viewed from the appropriate lens. I make no apology for the viewpoints that the original authors may express. Every period of history has positives and negatives. Attempting to edit out biases would be to edit the past in an attempt to present a romantic image of what, for the majority of people living at the time, was a harsh and cruel life. A quick historical post-script may be added when appropriate. That said, trolling is not convivial.

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This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Erin O’Reilly. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions and trading/advertising. Payments are accepted for the time and effort of crafting, photography, writing, editing, promoting and providing quality content for the advertiser. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. Mentions of associated products, services and businesses may be noted as an affiliate.

What does affiliate mean?  It means that I get a small commission if you purchase from my link.  There is no additional cost to you.  I only provide information for products I use myself and feel comfortable promoting.  When I promote a product, it’s because I truly believe in it and purchase it myself. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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