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, but the fun of reading it is in descriptions such as “boil a chicken to pieces” and names like “Meat Jelly for Invalids” and “ChowChow.” The Genesee Valley Cook Book provides valuable insight into turn-of-the-century upstate New York households and lives.
-Sue Ann Brainard
This work, originally published in 1905, is reprinted by Milne Library at the State University of New York College at Geneseo as part of the Genesee Valley Historical Reprints series. The Genesee Valley Historical Collection is Milne Library’s largest and most accessible collection of local history materials. Its geographical scope covers the eight counties surrounding the Genesee River in New York State: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming. For more information, see: http://go.geneseo.edu/gvhr.
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