Pre-1800 Cookbooks

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Pre-1800 Cookbooks
18th Century Food Preparation

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If you're unsure of archaic cooking terms, see GLOSSARY OF MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE CULINARY TERMS.

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!

1755 Half Motif
1755 Floral