Recipe books at the Folger Shakespeare Library

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List of recipe books at the Folger Shakespeare Library

This page contains a list of all early modern English manuscript recipe books at the Folger Shakespeare Library. It is updated frequently. Recipes also appear written in printed books and interspersed in letters and other manuscripts. At some point we hope to create another page which lists those additional recipes.

Transcriptions for the following recipe books are searchable (using original spelling) in Luna: Folger Manuscript Transcriptions Collection: Bd.w. A1767, E.a.4, E.a.5, V.a.7, V.a.8, V.a.20, V.a.125, V.a.140, V.a.215, V.a.260, V.a.361-2, V.a.364, V.a.387, V.a.388, V.a.401, V.a.425, V.a.430, V.a.434, V.a.450, V.a.452, V.a.456, V.a.468, V.a.490, V.a.544, V.a.561, V.a.563, V.a.600, V.a.612, V.a.619, V.a.621, V.a.630, V.a.677, V.a.669, V.a.680, V.a.682, V.a.683, V.a.684, V.a.686, V.a.697, V.b.13, V.b.272, V.b.301, V.b.316, V.b.342, V.b.363, V.b.366, V.b.399, V.b.400, W.a.111, W.a.113, W.a.136, W.a.283, W.a.302, W.a.303, W.a.315, W.a.332, W.b.103, W.b.653, W.b.668, W.b.79, X.d.24, X.d.469, X.d.602, X.d.738, X.d.742, X.d.743, X.d.745, X.d.746, X.d.750, X.d.751, Y.d.77 (1), Y.d.77 (2). Vetted transcriptions are being added on a regular basis and we will try to keep this site as up to date as possible. Because of formatting limitations they are not perfect, but will hopefully get you to the relevant digital image.

If a recipe book's transcription is available for search in Luna (check the Transcribed on Luna column), then the Luna link below will take you to the transcribed images in the Manuscript Transcriptions Collection, rather than the images in the Folger Digital Image Collection.

We are grateful to the Pine Tree Foundation for supporting the digitization of the entire recipe book collection at the Folger. We also acknowledge the work of our Photography and Digital Imaging team, including Julie Ainsworth (now retired), William Davis, Melanie Leung, and Christine Naulty. The crowdsourcing effort has been led by Heather Wolfe. An amazing group of volunteers from Zooniverse's Shakespeare's World, the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective, Folger docents, and Folger paleography courses, have created full transcriptions of every recipe book that has been digitized (so far!). We are in the process of vetting the remaining transcriptions (an effort led by Nicole Winard and Robert Tallaksen, with support from Elisabeth Chaghafi, Sara Butterfass Schliep, Stephen Schmidt, and Heather Wolfe). Emily Wahl has made the transcriptions available through full text search in Luna, our digital image database. As part of the Mellon-funded 'Before' Farm to Table' initiative in collaborative research, research fellow Elisa Tersigni has encoded the documents, cleaned the data, and transformed our transcriptions into semi-diplomatic PDF reading copies, using an XSL style sheet created by Michael Poston. The user names of all of our volunteers are part of the XML for each recipe book to which they contributed.

*Editors' note: dates have been altered somewhat from Hamnet records for functionality of the table. For example, a date original cataloged as "ca. 1700" has been rendered as "1700 (ca.)"; "[1700?]" has been rendered as "1700 (?)", etc. See Hamnet for authoritative dating.

Call Number Creator(s) Title Year(s) LUNA Images Reading copy Image
Bd.w. A1767 Miscellaneous collection of receipts [manuscript] 1688 (?) LUNA Digital Images
Bd.w. A1767.jpg
E.a.4 Receipt book [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
E.a.5 Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London Medical miscellany [manuscript] 1634 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.7 Buckhurst, Jane, of Sutton Valence, author Cookbook of Jane Buckhurst [manuscript] 1653 Sutton Valence, Kent LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.8 Cromwell, L., 17th cent. Cookbook of L. Cromwell [manuscript] 17 th century LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.19 Cookbook [manuscript] 17 th century LUNA Digital Images
V.a.20 Hall, Constance, fl. 1672. Cookbook of Constance Hall [manuscript] 1672 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.21 Pharmaceutical and cookery recipes [manuscript] 1675 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
V.a.125 A book of verses collected by me, R. Dungarvan (with recipes) [manuscript] 1630 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.140 Baley, Walter, 1529-1592. Blundell, Richard, active 16th century. Receipt book [manuscript] 1600 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.215 Packe, Susanna, fl. 1674. Cookbook of Susanna Packe [manuscript] 1674 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.260 Miscellany [manuscript] 1613 (ca.) - 1756 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.347 Phillips, Dorothy A sermon book with culinary and medical recipes [manuscript] 1616 - 1617 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.361-362 A book of receipts which was given me by several men for several causes, griefs and diseases . . . [manuscript] 1625 (ca.) - 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.364 Webster, Nicholas, fl. 1650 Certain profitable and well experienced collections for making conserve of fruits . . . as also of surgery, approved medicines . . . [manuscript] 1650 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.387 Packer, Katherine, fl. 1639 A boocke of very good medicines for seueral deseases, wounds, and sores both new and olde [manuscript] 1639 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.388 Corlyon, Mrs., fl. 1660 A booke of such medicines as have been approved by the speciall practize of Mrs. Corlyon [manuscript] 1606 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.396 Patrick, Penelope, 1646-1725 Receipt book of Penelope Jephson [manuscript] 1671, 1674/5 LUNA Digital Images
V.a.397 Brown, Katherine, fl. 1650-1662, compiler Medicinal and cookery recipes [manuscript] 1650 (ca.)- 1662 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
V.a.398 Slee, Andrew, 1629 or 1630- compiler Medicinal recipes compiled by Andrew Slee [manuscript] 1654 LUNA Digital Images
V.a.401 Staveley, Jane, 17th century Receipt book of Jane Staveley [manuscript] 1693-1694 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.425 Longe, Sarah, fl. 1610 Receipt book of Sarah Longe [manuscript] 1610 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.429 Kendall, Rose, active 1682. Cater, Anne, 1651 or 1652-. Clarke, Elizabeth, active 17th-18th century. Bold, Anna Maria, 1708- Cookery and medicinal recipes [manuscript] 1675 (ca.) - 1750 (ca.) Bedfordshire. Yorkshire. Lancashire. LUNA Digital Images
V.a.430 Granville family Cookery and medicinal recipes of the Granville family [manuscript] 1640 (ca.) - 1750 (ca.) Worcestershire. Cadiz. LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.434 Smith, Ann, fl. 1698 Cookbook of Ann Smith [manuscript] 1698 Reading LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.450 Pudsey, Lettice, fl. 1675 Cookery book of Lettice Pudsey [manuscript] 1675 (ca.) Seisdon, Staffordshire LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.452 Sheppey, Thomas, fl. 1675 A book of choice receipts collected from several famous authors a great part in monasteries and often experimented as to a great number of them [manuscript] 1675 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.456 Baumfylde, Mary, fl. 1626 Medicinal and cookery recipes of Mary Baumfylde [manuscript] 1702-1758 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.458 Medicinal, household and cookery recipes [manuscript] 1650 (ca.) - 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
V.a.468 Fowler, Elizabeth, fl. 1684 Cookbook of Elizabeth Fowler [manuscript] 1684 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.490 King, John, 1696-1728 Medicinal and cookery recipes [manuscript] 1625 (ca.) - 1725 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.540 King, John, 1696-1728 Pattern and medical receipt book of Thomas Bathings [manuscript] 1708 - 1710
V.a.544 item 2 Cookery and medicinal recipes [manuscript] 1688 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
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V.a.561 Cookeries [manuscript] 17 th century (late) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.562 Cookery and medicinal recipes [manuscript] 17 th century LUNA Digital Images
V.a.563 Medicinal, household and cookery receipts [manuscript]. 17 th-18 th centuries LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.600 Castleton, Grace Saunderson, Viscountess, d. 1667 The Lady Grace Castleton's booke of receipts [manuscript] 17 th century LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.612 Carr, Anne, active 1674, compiler Choyce receits collected out of the book of receits, of the Lady Vere Wilkinson [manuscript] / begun to be written by the Right Honble the Lady Anne Carr, Jan. 28 1673/4 1674-1770 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.619 Baker, Margaret Receipt book of Margaret Baker [manuscript] 1675 (ca.)? LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.621 Bacon, Catherine, 1660-1757, author Receipt book of Catherine Bacon [manuscript] 1680s ca. -1739 LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.630 Manuscript cookery book [manuscript] 1675 ca. - 1686 ca. LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.669 Cordial waters simple waters and syrrups [manuscript] 1680 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.677 Receipts in Cookery &c: [manuscript] 1660-1685 (ca.) Somerset? LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.680 Receipt book [manuscript] 1690-1750 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.682 Smith, Mary Culinary and medicinal recipe book of Mary Smith [manuscript] 1662 (ca.) England? LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.683 Miscellaneous Receipts [manuscript] 1709-1727? England? Luna Digital Images X
V.a.684 Hutson, Beulah Receipt book [manuscript] 1680 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.697 Receipt book [manuscript] 1660s (ca.) - 1680s (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.13 Cookbook [manuscript] 1678 (ca.) - 1689 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.14 Dawson, Jane, 17th cent. Cookbook of Jane Dawson [manuscript] 17 th century (late) LUNA Digital Images
V.b.129 De Feckenham, John, 1515?-1585, compiler This book of sovereign medicines against the most common and known diseases ... collected of Master Doctor Feckenham, late Abbot of Westminster [manuscript] 1600 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
V.b.272 Receipt book [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.273 Receipts in cookery and medicine [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
V.b.286 Pharmaceutical recipes [manuscript] 1690 (ca.), 1750 (ca.) - 1870 (ca.) Derbyshire. Nottinghamshire LUNA Digital Images
V.b.301 Randolph, Grace, 1674-1750 Cookbook of Grace Blome [manuscript] 1697 Kent LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.316 M. W. Cookery and medicinal recipes of M.W. [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) - 1850 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.342 Hookes, Mary, fl. 1680 Receipt book of Mary Hookes [manuscript] 1675 (ca.) - 1725 LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.363 Receipt book [manuscript] 1679 (ca.) - 1694 LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.366 Winch, Rebecca, d. 1713 Receipt book of Rebeckah Winche [manuscript] 1666 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.b.380 English cookery and medicine book, [manuscript] 1677 (ca.) - 1711 LUNA Digital Images
V.b.399 Culinary manuscript compilation [manuscript] 1680-1690 (ca.) England Luna Digital Images X
V.b.400 Receipt book [manuscript] 17 th century (late) - 18 th century (early) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.87 Cookbook [manuscript] 18 th century (early) LUNA Digital Images
W.a.111 Cookbook [manuscript] 1706 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.112 Eyre, Margaret, b. 1686? Cook-book of Margaret Turner [manuscript] 1709 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
W.a.113 Langley, Elizabeth, fl. 1757 Cookbook of Elizabeth Langley [manuscript] 1757 (?) March 17 LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.136 Smith, Elizabeth, fl. 1749-1800 Receipt book of Elizabeth Smith [manuscript] 1749 - 1800 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.283 Stevens family. Warwick family. Receipt book [manuscript] 1704 (ca.) - 1787 Oxfordshire. Warwickshire. LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.302 Webb, Jane, fl. ca. 1725-ca. 1750 Cookery book of Jane Webb, compiled by several people [manuscript] 1725 (ca.) - 1750 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.303 Mallett family. Cookery and pharmaceutical recipes of the Malet family [manuscript]. 1700 (ca.) - 1740, 1882 Northamptonshire LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.311 Johnston, Mrs., compiler Receipts for cookery and pastry work [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
W.a.315 Stone, Dorothy, fl. 1725 Receipt book of Dorothy Stone [manuscript] 1725 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.317 Cookbook [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) - 1775 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.318 Pennyman, Dorothy, 1698 or 9-1754, compiler Cookery and medicinal recipes [manuscript] 1730 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.a.332 Goodenough, Ann, fl. 1700-1775. Cookery book of Ann Goodenough [manuscript] 1700 (ca.) - 1775 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.b.79 Knight, Mrs., fl. 1740 Mrs. Knight's receipt book [manuscript] 1740 LUNA Digital Images X
W.b.98 Cookbook [manuscript] 1725 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
W.b.100 Cookbook [manuscript] 1720 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
W.b.102 Puleston, Mary, d. 1764, compiler Cookbook of Mary Puleston [manuscript] 1764 (before) LUNA Digital Images
W.b.103 Payne, Valert, 18th cent. Cook-book of Valert Payne [manuscript] 18 th century LUNA Digital Images X
W.b.456 Vesey, Lettis, fl. ca. 1725 Cookery book of Lettis Vesey [manuscript] 1725 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.b.653 Cookbook [manuscript] 1720 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
W.b.668 Kirk, Rachel Mrs. Rachel Kirk Book 1707 [manuscript] 1707 LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.24 Cruso, Mary, fl. 1689. Cookbook of Mary Cruso and Timothy Cruso [manuscript], 1689 September 5. 1689 September 5 LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.457 (1-19) Staveley, Jane, 17th century Receipt book of Jane Staveley [manuscript] 1693-1694 LUNA Digital Images and LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.469 Medical recipes [manuscript] 1625 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.602 Recipes for ale [manuscript] 17 th century LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.738 Perssehouse, Richard. Bifolium miscellany of medical, domestic, and veterinary receipts [manuscript], Belhall 1643 LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.742 Autograph receipt for a medical broth for purifying the blood..., [manuscript], c1690 1690 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.743 Autograph receipt "For the gout" [manuscript], c1690 1690 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.745 Autograph receipt for making gooseberry and currant wine [manuscript], c1690 1690 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.746 Autograph receipt for making a plaister using oyl of olives, half and ounce of opium dissovled in a little brandy, whale ambergris, and other herbs. "this is above all wishing the good efforts of this to my good friend J. W." [manuscript], c1690 1690 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.750 Mosay, M., creator Receipt for sciatica 1700 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
X.d.751 Receipt for scurvy grass ale [manuscript], ca. 18th century 18 th century (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
Y.d.77 (1) Recipes [manuscript] 1765 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
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Y.d.77 (2) Recipes [manuscript] 1765 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
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V.a.672 Spurgeon, Leonard English 17th century manuscript book of recipes, remedies and household notes [manuscript] 1656 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images
V.a.671 Ornesby, Henry et al Pocketbook with veterinary recipes [manuscript] 1656 - 1727 (approximately) Lanchester, County Durham
V.a.674 English cookery and medicine [manuscript] 1670
V.a.675 Lyford, Mary Medical and cookery recipes [manuscript] 1665 (approximately)
V.a.677 Manuscript cookery book [manuscript] 17 th century (late)
V.a.678 Manuscript cookery book [manuscript] 17 th century (late) - 18 th century (early)
V.a.681 Shirley, Dorothy, 1683-1721, compiler Receipt book [manuscript] 1694 (approximately)
V.a.685 Receipt book [manuscript] 18th century (approximately) LUNA Digital Images
V.a.686 Manuscript cookery book [manuscript] 1680 - 1720 (ca.) LUNA Digital Images X
V.a.704 Thayer, John Receipt book [manuscript] 1600s (ca.)
V.b.381 Receipt book, [manuscript] 1690s (ca.)
W.a.521 Spearman, John, author English receipts & notes on celestial and terrestrial globes [manuscript] 1689 - 3 Dec. 1703
W.a.527 Receipt book [manuscript] 1710 (ca.)
acc. no. 270959 Halliday, Molly Receipt book [manuscript] 1660-1720
acc. no. 271103 Napkyn, Hugh A booke conteyning divers excellent & approoved remedyes in phisique and chyrugery [manuscript] 1630s
acc. no. 271199 Receipt book [manuscript] 18th century
acc. no. 271237 Bragge family Receipt book [manuscript] 1688 (ca.)
acc. no. 271242 Receipt book [manuscript] 17th century
acc. no. 271390 Banner, Susanna Receipt book, 2 vols. [manuscript] 1707
acc. no. 271399 Handley, Hanah Receipt book [manuscript] 1695 (ca.)
acc. no. 271774 Jackson, Sarah Receipt book of Mrs Sarah Jackson [manuscript] 1688 - 1755 (ca.)
acc. no. 271794 Receipt book [manuscript] 1740 - 1770 (ca.)
acc no. 271764 Jordason, Elizabeth Receipt book [manuscript] 1734
acc no. 271765 A Collection of excellent Medicines, Balsames, Plaisters Salves, &c: the contents Whereof are exprest in the next page [manuscript] 1715 (ca.)
acc. no. 271790 Hoo, Susanna Receipt book [manuscript] 1654
acc no. 271936 Hitch, Miss and Polley Lee Receipt book [manuscript] 1730 (ca.) Yorkshire
acc. no. 271931 Jodrell, Ann Receipt book [manuscript] 1776 (ca.)
acc. no. Turner, Sarah Receipt book [manuscript] 1658 - 1755 (ca.)
acc. no. Receipt book [manuscript] 1726 (ca.)
acc. no. Astry, Diana Receipt book [manuscript] 1701 - 1708 (ca.)