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Collection Number Ms2008-024
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityContact Information:
P.O. Box 90001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24062-9001
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Processed by: Emily Cook, Special Collections Staff
2008 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Collection is open to research.
Permission to publish material from the "Book for Receipts" Recipe Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Book for Receipts" Recipe Book, Ms2008-024 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The "Book for Receipts" Recipe Book was purchased by Special Collections in 2005.
Alternative Form Available
Digital images of the cover and inner pages of "Book for Receipts" Recipe Book can be found here.
The processing and description of the "Book for Receipts" Recipe Book took place in May 2008.
No biographical information exists on the authors of the recipe book.
The "Book for Receipts" is a recipe book written in England in 1731. At least two owners added to this work (the names of owners remain unknown) because the handwriting changes in the last third of text. Some recipe contributors are named, such as: Lady Westmorland, Mrs. Catherine Sanderson, Mrs. Allston, Mrs. Gilbert, and Sr. Orlando Gees. Recipes focus largely on delicacies-not on staple meals-and home remedies. Categories of recipes include: pickles and preserves, cakes, biscuits, jellies, creams, and beverages (wines). One noteworthy example of a home remedy entitled "The famous American Receipt for the Rheumatism" appears in the volume and, according to the author, "is very famous in America; a Hundred Pounds have been given for the Receipt." Recipes also indicate the availability of foodstuff in the eighteenth century-as seen through the use of several pounds of good "Jamaican Sugar".
The collection is arranged by material type.