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Anne Burton manuscript cookbook with medicinal recipes, 1742

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


This 1742 manuscript cookbook “of choice receipts” was owned by the anthropologist and food historian Sophie Coe ’55, whose cookbook collection was donated to the Library in 1994. The pages, bound in vellum and compiled by Anne Burton, include annotated recipes for food and drink, housekeeping hints, and home remedies. On facing pages, you might find instructions for drying lemon and orange chips and a recipe for relief for “Frantic and Mad People and all kinds of Melancholy.”

Sophie D. Coe Manuscript Cookbook Collection, Schlesinger Library

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Find out more about Sophie Coe and her cookbook collection at the Library.

See the research guide to historic cookbooks at the Schlesinger Library.

Heather Min