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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!
Receipts of Pastry and Cookery For the Use of his Scholars (1700s) by Ed. Kidder. Full page title: "Receipts of Pastry and Cookery for the Use of his Scholars by Ed. Kidder. Who teacheth at his School On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, in the Afternoon, in St. Martin's Le Grand. And on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, in the Afternoon, at his School next to Furnival's Inn in Holburn. And Ladies may be taught at their own Houses." This undated manuscript-type book is from the University of Pennsylvania Library.
Book For Receipts (1731) by unknown author. This link opens in PDF. From Virginia Tech collection.
The Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewife's Companion... (1723) by John Nott. Embedded viewer.
The Compleat City and Country Cook, or, Accomplish'd housewife: containing several hundred of the most approv'd receipts in cookery, confectionary, cordials, cosmeticks, jellies, pastry, pickles, preserving, syrups, English wines, &c., illustrated with forty-nine large copper plates directing the regular placing [of] the various dishes on the table from one to four or five courses, also, bills of fare according to the several seasons for every month of the year: likewise, the horse-shoe shaped table for the ladies at the late installment at Windsor... (1732) by Charles Carter. Embedded viewer.
A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in cookery, physick, and surgery: for the use of all good wives, tender mothers, and careful nurses (1734) by Mary Kettilby. Embedded viewer.
Cookery reformed; or, The Lady's assistant. Containing a select number of the best and most approved receipts in cookery ... together with a distinct account of the nature of ailments ... To which is added the Family physician (1755) by unknown author. Embedded viewer.
The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy... (1774) by Hannah Glasse. Embedded viewer.
The professed cook; or, The modern art of cookery, pastry, and confectionary, made plain and easy. Consisting of the most approved methods in the French as well as English cookery. In which the French names of all the different dishes are given and explained, whereby every bill of fare becomes intelligible and familiar. Containing I. Of soups, gravy, cullis and broths ... XXII. Ratafias, and other cordials, &c. Including a translation of Les soupers de la cour; with the addition of the best receipts which have ever appeared in the French or English languages, and adapted to the London markets (1776) by B. Clermont. Embedded viewer.
The Experienced English Housekeeper: For the Use and Ease of Ladies ... (1786) by Elizabeth Raffald. Embedded viewer.
The Ladies' Assistant for regulating and supplying the table: being a complete system of cookery... including the fullest and choicest receipts of various kinds... (1787) by Charlotte Mason. Embedded viewer.
The English Art of Cookery... (1788) by Richard Briggs. Embedded viewer.
Every Woman Her Own House-Keeper; Or, The Ladies' Library... (1796) by John Perkins. Embedded viewer.
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... (1798) by Amelia Simmons. From the MSU collection.