My copy of this old manuscript is falling apart. The binding is split, many pages have come loose and tatters of paper flitter out each time I open it. The prior owner, whomever she or he was, left additional treasures inside. Lots of little recipes, both clipped from newspapers and handwritten, are found within the yellowed sheets. They include canning okra, dandelions, egg-plant and summer squash as well as how to make sponge cake, ‘Cristmas’ Cake, New England corn muffins and Knox “Jack Frost” Dessert.
Mine is the Edgewood edition; illustrated and edited by “A Skilled Corps of Practical Experts” (hmmm) and published by Edgewood Publishing Company. Entered, according to the Act of Congress, by Charles S. Archer, in 1884.
It is typical of its time which means it includes not only food recipes but recipes of home economy such as how to remove stains from kit gloves and lace, as well as how to operate a hot water generator for basins and a thorough illustrated description of how to use chafing dishes.
The first recipe I’ve posted from this cook book is baked apples. You can find it here: Baked Apples.