The Family Receipt Book, Containing Several Hundred Valuable Receipts on Every Branch of Domestic Economy ... Cookery, the Cure of Diseases, the Use of the Principal Roots and Herbs Used as…


Rare Mexican–American War-era domestic economy catch-all. Author H. Pinney breaks this work into four segments. Cooking is first with a promise made that many of its recipes are new and original to this work. Recipes seen—and here is a brief sample—offer up directions for making roasted pigeon, Sunderland and sago puddings, fried eels and jams, many jams.

Second and thirdly, and perhaps most interesting are “The Medical Department” and “The Mode of Treating Diseases” sections. These provide a vegetable materia medica with uses for skunk cabbage, prickly ash, pipsissewa, hemlock bark, blueflag, blue scull-cap herb, Crane’s bill root and a good deal more. If not inclined to herbal remedies, turpentine will help a toothache, pig’s foot oil can help chilblains, bodies should be kept open with the use of a syringe and so forth. Finally, the “Housewife’s Department” presents numerous receipts. Pinney states a number of these receipts are original to the work as well.

OCLC returns one copy only at AAS for this 1848 ed., seven for the 1847 ed.


Description: The Family Receipt Book, Containing Several Hundred Valuable Receipts on Every Branch of Domestic Economy ... Cookery, the Cure of Diseases, the Use of the Principal Roots and Herbs Used as…

Philadelphia: Printed for the Publisher, (1848) [front wrap: 1847], 72pp. Printed wrappers; rear wrap absent; front wrap stained with paper loss at top, but only affecting portion of ornamental border; textually complete.

[3729185]

Lowenstein (1954 ed.) 283. Not in Cagle & Stafford.


Price: $275.00

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