Kislak Center Recipe Books

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The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania houses a wide variety of recipe books among its collections. These include culinary recipes, comprising food and drink; medicinal recipes, for both humans and animals; household recipes, for cleaning supplies, inks, and other materials used in a home setting; chemical and alchemical recipes; and industrial recipes. Some of these recipes include apothecary and alchemical symbols. The recipe books selected for this transcription project cover most of these types of recipes, providing an opportunity to test out various transcription challenges associated with this material.
Arts and sciences; chemistry.

Arts and sciences; chemistry.

[England], 1777. Collection of recipes (numbered 1-253 with many errors) for alchemical and practical applications such as making candles, butter, varnish, many types of ink (including a recipe for "magic ink", p. 201), sealant for waterproofing shoes (p. 15), cement for mending broken china or...

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255 pages: 8% indexed, 95% transcribed, 13% needs review
Hannah M. Keen's receipt book, UPenn Ms. Codex 633

Hannah M. Keen's receipt book, UPenn Ms. Codex 633

Hannah M. Keen lived at 3312 Race Street in West Philadelphia. Most recipes in this manuscript cookbook are for breads, puddings, pies, and cakes, including a "West Phila. Cake" and "Railroad Cake." The source for a number of the recipes is "Widdifield's," presumably Widdifield's new cook book:...

131 pages: 59% indexed, 100% transcribed, 40% needs review
Recipe book :; [manuscript].

Recipe book :; [manuscript].

[United States], 1800-1843. Comprised chiefly of culinary recipes from the middle Atlantic region of the United States with recipes for rock fish, shad, sturgeon, crabs, and oysters, as well as recipes for preparing wild ducks, meats, pickles, preserves, cakes and biscuits, keeklings, puddings,...

211 pages: 2% indexed, 100% transcribed
Recipe book, ca.1856, UPenn Ms. Coll. 392

Recipe book, ca.1856, UPenn Ms. Coll. 392

UPenn Ms. Coll. 392. Comprises culinary recipes for puddings, custards, pies, dessert sauces, ice cream, cakes, cookies, beef, fish, chicken, pigeons, tripe, curing hams, and several for Theo Hook's punch. Several items laid in including menus for large events, one for a "Vestry Supper;" one is a...

231 pages: 70% indexed, 90% transcribed, 20% needs review
[Recipe book], UPenn Ms. Codex 1038

[Recipe book], UPenn Ms. Codex 1038

UPenn Ms. Codex 1038. Collection of recipes for desserts, meats, preserves, "soops," and condiments, including Indian-influenced dishes such as curry and pickles. Some recipes are attributed, and Paxton, Baker, Ward, Pridham, Simeon, and Sayer are surnames that appear repeatedly. Included among...

165 pages: 12% indexed, 91% transcribed, 78% needs review
[Recipe book]; [manuscript].; Receipt book

[Recipe book]; [manuscript].; Receipt book

[England, 1780-1850] Begins with an 18th-century, undated section of medical recipes, primarily for horses and other animals, but with some remedies for worms in children, ague, heart burn, rheumatism, etc. (p. 1-26), with a listing of the contents of this section on f. i recto. Remainder of the...

169 pages: 12% indexed, 100% transcribed
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