Historic Cookbooks

Jean Brown’s Paistry Book

8 Recipes

Colonial housewives used recipes handed down from mother to daughter by word of mouth. Women who could read and write might copy down their family recipes in manuscript cookbooks like this one.

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The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1971 reprint edition)

4 Recipes

This popular cookbook, first published in England in 1747, was one of the few printed cookbooks available during the 18th century. The author, Hannah Glasse, wrote the book to instruct less experienced cooks “how to do Cookery well.”

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