A friend, knowing that I collect cookbooks presented me with a real gem. Printed in 1880. The pages are very lightly yellowed with age, but who ever had it must have taken really good care of it because it is still in surprisingly great condition.
I have been enjoying reading through it. Most of the recipes I wouldn't even think of trying their instructions nearly non existent. They range from incredibly bland and boring to some of the weirdest things I have ever heard of. There are some unique tips that I might try out some day but overall reading this book makes me very thankful that I got to grow up a century later when recipes had evolved to something much better.
Here is a sample of the things found in the book.
One pint sour cream, two eggs, one teaspoonful of soda, flour to stiffen. Bake or boil.
Needless to say I will not be making it.
Boil hard and cut in slices, pepper and salt and dip in beaten raw egg, then in bread or cracker crumbs and fry in butter. Serve hot.
There are instructions on how to prevent a felon and the several cures. All sorts of home remedies are sprinkled through out the book with no rhyme or reason. With no index and no categories it must have been hard to find what you were looking for.
According to this book plans made on a Sunday will not hold. Any promises made on a Sunday can not be fulfilled.
Cure for corns .... Easy shoes.
Chickens may be cured of gapes by inhaling tobacco smoke. I don't have a clue what gapes are. And the thought of trying to get them to inhale tobacco smoke. Mind boggling!
Croup can be cured in one minute with sugar and alum. take a teaspoon full of fine alum mixed with twice sugar. Be in haste. Yowza! I was always under the impression alum was not something you want to ingest.
I will be enjoying this book a lot for the vast amount of entertainment between the covers. And now if you'll excuse me I need to read how to cure all manner of other diseases in humans and animals, tucked charmingly between a recipe for ice cream and veal soup.