Victorian Cookbook Project

by Amy
(PA)

Question:
My son has to "write" a victorian cookbook. I am having trouble locating truly authentic recipes. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Amy

Answer:


Hello Amy and Thank You for your inquiry.

I like to use Archive.org for referencing a lot of old books. I did just a quick search for 'old cookbook' and I came up with this: http://www.archive.org/details/housekeepersfrie00buck I have no doubt you will find others if you do another search and maybe vary your keywords. Most books here are in the public domain, but make sure to check evidence of copyright (given in the book information) or give credit to at least the book he finds recipes in.

I also like this site, they have lots of old recipes and cookbooks that they sell through their site. I have bought several from her and am enjoying working my way through them. http://oldfashionedcookbooks.breakfast-and-brunch-recipes.com/

I hope this is some information your son can at least get started with. You might also try local museums or libraries and see if they carry vintage cookbooks or re-printed versions. Amazon.com I know sells the White House cookbook circa 1887. A quote from the title page:

The White House Cookbook, 1887

COOKING, TOILET AND HOUSEHOLD RECIPES,

MENUS, DINNER-GIVING, TABLE ETIQUETTE,

CARE OF THE SICK, HEALTH SUGGESTIONS,

FACTS WORTH KNOWING, Etc., Etc.

THE WHOLE COMPRISING

A COMPREHENSIVE CYCLOPEDIA OF INFORMATION FOR THE HOME
BY
MRS. F.L. GILLETTE

AND
HUGO ZIEMANN,

Steward of the White house

1887

TO THE WIVES OF OUR PRESIDENTS, THOSE NOBLE WOMEN WHO HAVE GRACED THE WHITE HOUSE, AND WHOSE NAMES AND MEMORIES ARE DEAR TO ALL AMERICANS, THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR.

Sheila
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