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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A6151i

Cookbook of Anonymous, 1842-ca.1900


Handwritten cookbook and loose recipes and clippings possibly belonging to an individual in Boston, Massachusetts, or New York, New York.


  • 1842-1900


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. The cookbook created by Anonymous is believed to be in the public domain. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2 folders

Collection consists of a handwritten (in several different hands) cookbook with recipes for cakes (including a recipe for loaf cake which includes the comment "not very good!" and recipes for "mountain cake," election cake, Boston cream cakes); snuckarnoodles (with the observation "They are the most delicious little cakes that I ever tasted when properly made. They can be easily spoiled in making, but why - is one of the things that no fellow can find out."); pancakes; waffles, "Whigs"; breads (including Jenny Lind, Sally Lunn, Astor House cornbread and Parker House rolls); puddings; calves foot jelly; ices; croquettes; chicken fritters; several oyster recipes; and fruit pickles. Several of the recipes are attributed to individuals such as "Mother" and "Aunt Augusta." The collection also includes loose recipes; clippings regarding an outbreak of cholera in Turkey and a treatment for the disease; a cure for dyspepsia; a program for a Unitarian Autumnal Convention banquet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1862; and a letter to an Augustus Reynolds of New York, including a cough syrup recipe.


The compiler of this cookbook may have lived in the Boston, Massachusetts, or New York area. It is possible the cookbook belonged to Augustus Reynolds.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M108

The diary of Anonymous was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Anne Dane/Lackland Books in June 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2021

By: Susan Earle

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Sibyl Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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