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All books are in public domain and most can be downloaded in pdf format to your computer. After clicking on an embedded title below, where the viewer opens in new window, you can click on book's hyperlinked title on the embedded frame and access the Archive.org site for more book details and download option. Other sites' books can be viewed/downloaded by following book title link to their site.
CAUTION: Many cookbooks prior to the 1850s attempted to merge medicine with cookery. As a result, many dangerous, even deadly, "cure-alls" are given, reflecting the primitive medical knowledge of that era. So don't try this at home. When improved studies in medicine exposed these "cure-alls" as quacks, I think they must have stopped publishing in cookbooks and migrated to peddling their "cure-alls" in Wild West medicine shows!
The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined: comprising ample directions for preparing every article requisite for furnishing the tables of the nobleman, gentleman, and tradesman (1802) by John Mollard. Embedded viewer.
The Frugal Housewife: Or, Complete Woman Cook; Wherein the Art of Dressing All Sorts of Viands is Explained in Upwards of Five Hundred Approved Receipts... (1803) by Susannah Carter. From the MSU collection.
A New System of Domestic Cookery... (1807) "by A Lady" [Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell]. Apparently First Edition. Embedded viewer.
A New System Of Domestic Cookery, Formed Upon Principles Of Economy, And Adapted To The Use Of Private Families (1807) "by A Lady" [Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell]. "A New Edition, Corrected." From the MSU collection.
A New System of Domestic Cookery... (1807) "by A Lady" [Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell]. "Second Edition." Embedded viewer.
The New-England Cookery, Or The Art Of Dressing All Kinds Of Flesh, Fish, And Vegetables, And The Best Modes Of Making Pastes, Puffs, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards And Preserves, And All Kinds Of Cakes, From The Imperial Plumb To The Plain Cake... (1808) by Lucy Emerson. If the title sounds quite similar to the 1798 book by Amelia Simmons, American Cookery: Or, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry, and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Pastes, Puffs, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards, and Preserves, and All Kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plum to Plain Cake..., it's that the older version was plagiarized, or, as the MSU site says, "pirated." Both versions are in the MSU collection and linked from this site as well.
A New System of Domestic Cookery... (1808) "by A Lady" [Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell]. Embedded viewer.
The London Art of Cookery and Domestic Housekeepers' Complete Assistant... (1811) by John Farley. Embedded viewer.
A New System of Domestic Cookery... (1814) "by A Lady" [Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell]. Embedded viewer.
The French Cook, or, The Art of Cookery... (1815) by Louis Eustache Ude. Embedded viewer.
The Universal Receipt Book (1818) by Priscilla Homespun. Embedded viewer.
The New Family Receipt Book... (1819) by unknown author [Maria Eliza (Ketelby) Rundell (1745-1828)]. Embedded viewer.