Historical Cooking Books: The farmer’s own book; or, Family receipts for the husbandman and housewife… (1832)

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Cookery, recipes and much, much more! Everything you needed to know to be a successful farmer back in the day! — Douglas

The farmer’s own book; or, Family receipts for the husbandman and housewife; being a compilation of the very best receipts on agriculture, gardening, and cookery, with rules for keeping farmers’ accounts

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The title and contents of this work present a better preface, perhaps, than could be given by enumerating all the claims usually accompanying the introduction of books.

An attempt to assume any thing more than utility in this case, might convict me of the “crime” so frequently charged against the quill fraternity; vulgarly called ^’clipping books and cabbaging ideas.”

Many original recipes are given, but the majority of them are borrowed from the most celebrated American and European works.

The “Domestic Encyclopedia” “New American Gardener” “American Farmer” “New-England Farmer” “Journal of Health” “Genesee Farmer” “Mackenzie’s Receipts” “Farmer’s Guide,” “Loudon’s Agricultural Encyclopedia”, “Dean’s New-England Farmer”,”A New-York Farmer” “Farmers Assistant,” “Farmers Manual,” “Edinhurgh Encyclopedia,” and “Library of Useful Knowledge,” are the principal works referred to in selecting the matter.

The whole taken together comprises a valuable book for families of any occupation or situation in life. I do not feel disposed to pufF, but having given credit to oth- ers for the matter, no delicacy is felt in representing the work in its true character. 3

If “method is the soul of management, then the prosperity and happiness of a family depend greatly on the order and regularity established in it. There is economy, as well as comfort, in a regular mode of doing business.”

Many husbandmen and housewives attend to tlie various duties devolving upon them in their domestic concerns without any rule, system, or order, and therefore trust entirely to the precariousness of chance.

The design of this work, is to obviate this difficulty, by giving, in few words, such rules as will secure beneficial results in the most important branches of Domestic Economy.


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Publication date 1832
Topics Agriculture, Cookery, Gardening, cbk
Publisher Boston, Carter, Hendee, and co.
Collection umass_amherst_libraries; blc; americana
Digitizing sponsor UMass Amherst Libraries
Contributor UMass Amherst Libraries
Language English

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