Document: Cookbook and medicine recipe book
Date: 1870 - 1890
Time Period: 1870 - 1890
Medium: 8 x 6 1/2 inches Manuscript 4 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches newspaper clipping
Summary: This hand-written volume with many inserted loose pages was most likely maintained by a member of the Parsons or Bowne families in Flushing, New York. Though used for duel purposes, the creators' emphasis was writing down various cooking recipes. Numerous recipes for breads, cakes, puddings and other foods are given. This is a "turn-about" volume and a smaller section was devoted to listing home remedies for coughs, the dropsy and other diseases. In this excerpt are directions on how to cure a felon (an infection in the finger tip), exterminate cockroaches, and remove the taste of wood. A saved clipping on the topic of using green corn in the winter and a personal letter saved in the book gives a sense of the daily use this volume received. Recipes include icing for a cake, cough syrup, muffins, soft waffles, and others. There are also lists of breakfast, dinner and dessert foods. Click "see more of this item," to see all of the digitized pages from this volume as well as a transcription by Queens Memory Project volunteer, Rachel Donner.
Subject: Cookbooks [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh2010007517],Traditional medicine--United States [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh2010116803]
Flushing (New York, N.Y.) (was created at)
Parsons Family Miscellaneous Personal & Business Papers at The Archives at Queens Library (is part of)
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Shira Bistricer, 8/9/2012