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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!
- Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches (1840) by Eliza Leslie. From the MSU collection.
- The American Housewife: containing the most valuable and original receipts in all the various branches of cookery: ...together with a collection of miscellaneous receipts and directions relative to housewifery (1841) by unknown author. Publisher New York: Dayton and Saxton. Embedded viewer.
- The Housekeeper's Assistant, Composed Upon Temperance Principles: With Instructions In The Art of Making Plain And Fancy Cakes, Puddings, Pastry, Confectionery, Ice Creams, Jellies, Blanc Mange: Also, For The Cooking Of All The Various Kinds of Meats... (1845) by Ann Allen. From the MSU collection.
- The New England Economical Housekeeper, and Family Receipt Book (1845) by Esther Allen Howland. From the MSU collection.
- The Young House-Keeper: or, Thoughts on Food and Cookery (1846) by William Andrus Alcott. From the MSU collection.
- Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-Book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy (1846) by Catharine Esther Beecher. Embedded viewer.
- The Complete Cook... (1846) by J.M. Sanderson. (Two versions) Embedded viewer.
- The Lady's Receipt-Book: A Useful Companion For Large Or Small Families (1847) by Eliza Leslie. From the MSU collection.
- Hotel Keepers, Head Waiters, and Housekeepers' Guide (1848) by Tunis Campbell. From the MSU collection.
- Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book: Designed As A Supplement To Her Treatise On Domestic Economy (1850) by Catharine Esther Beecher. From the MSU collection.
- The Ladies' New Book Of Cookery: A Practical System For Private Families On Town And Country; With Directions For Carving, And Arranging The Table For Parties, Etc. Also, Preparations Of Food For Invalids And For Children (1851) by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. From the MSU collection.
- Home Studies (1856) by Rebecca A. Upton. This book's short title makes it quite unusual for its time period. Book is formatted as an encyclopedia, with household how-tos, gardening, and receipts. Embedded viewer.
- Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy (1856) by Elizabeth M. Hall. Embedded viewer.
- English Bread-Book for Domestic Use, Adapted to Families of Every Grade (1857) by Eliza Acton (1799-1859). Embedded viewer.
- The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts, Adapted to Western Housewifery (1857) by Anna Maria Collins. From the MSU collection.
- The Practical Housekeeper; A Cyclopædia Of Domestic Economy... Comprising Five Thousand Practical Receipts And Maxims (1857) by Elizabeth Fries Ellet. From the MSU collection.