Y.M.C.A Cook Book: by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Y.M.C.A. Medina, N.Y.

The title page of the Y.M.C.A. Cook Book states that “every receipt has been tested,” presumably by committee members Mrs. George Benson, Mrs. Avery Andrews, and Mrs. G. H. Simonds. The book contains almost 500 recipes divided into nineteen chapters, each described (in most cases) in under four sentences, covering everything from basic baking powder Read More …

Snap Shots: Geneseo State Normal, 1918

This pictorial of Geneseo Normal School scenes is an attractive, thorough “snap shot” of the school as it existed at nearly 50 years old. Included are photographs taken from within and without “Old Main,” then still the school’s sole building (albeit with all its added wings and annexes) — different scenes and activities within the Read More …

Warner’s Safe Cook Book

Published by the H.H. Warner Company, a noted Rochester-based safe (and later patent medicine) manufacturing company, this large cookbook is teeming with hundreds of recipes for everything ranging from mustard pickles to pepper mangoes and venison pie. Apart from the recipes themselves, the extensive descriptions of culinary technique and numerous illustrations of cooking equipment present Read More …

Golden Links Cook Book

Collected for the benefit of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Perry, N.Y. by a group of eight women under the direction of a Mrs. W.H. McClelland, this cookbook is chock-full of brief (but good) recipes for a variety of dishes. Each section is prefaced with a culinary aphorism, such as Eggs (“In thy concoction there Read More …

Rochester through a Kodak

Featuring numerous photographs and copper engravings, Rochester Through a Kodak is both a literal and figurative snapshot of the Flower City during its heyday in the late 1800s. Many of Rochester’s signature locations are pictured within its pages—from High Falls and the Genesee River Gorge, to Kodak Park and the University of Rochester campus. There’s a lot Read More …

Genesee County Cook Book: in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Presbyterian Church, Corfu, New York

If you’ve ever wished you could create a meal like your grandmother used to make, then the Genesee County Cook Book is the resource for you. Compiled and published in 1918 by the Woman’s Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church of Corfu, New York, the cook book includes recipes for soups, fish, meats, relishes, entrees, Read More …

Contributed Recipes

Contributed Recipes, like so many older, locally produced cookbooks, offers readers much more than just recipes. There’s all that rich cultural (and commercial) history, too, such as the admonishment to “Use F. W. Potter & Co.’s Gilt Edge Flour for Pastry” that runs across the footer of each page, and the back-cover description of Shredded Read More …

Recipes of Quality: A Cook Book De Luxe

Compiled and published by the American Brewing Company of Rochester, N.Y., Recipes of Quality covers courses, foods and preparations representative of early 20th century American tastes. (No surprise, then, that all the recipes are deemed best “when you augment these preparations with the zest contained in every bottle of Liberty Beer or Seneca Ale”!) The Read More …

Tagging Along

This engaging memoir records the recollections of a grandson of the times he spent with a kind, wise, generous, and very patient grandfather. Focused on events in James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr.’s, life as he related them to his grandson, Stuart Symington, Jr., weaves this story of his grandfather’s political career and private life against a Read More …

The Genesee Valley Cookbook

This charming cookbook full of “receipts” was privately printed by Miss Mumford in 1905. Unlike many recipe books from the time period, there is a lot of detail about ingredients and amounts. The author states in a note that she felt the recipes were worth passing down through the generations. There are some gems here, Read More …