This manuscript receipt [recipe] book appears to have been compiled over a relatively short period of time. The majority of entries are dated to 1832, with a handful of entries for 1833, 1835, 1836 and 1837. The recipes have been recorded in no apparent
order: cookery recipes together with medicinal recipes and other household concoctions and miscellaneous other recipes, including instructions for making "Wine merchant's cement for tops of bottles" and "Light brown wash for walls (Outside)". Each recipe is recorded with a source: Lady Jane James; Mrs Buxton; Sir Edward Wilmot; Lady Hastings; Dr Anderson; the Globe newspaper; a Swansea newspaper; The Bath & Cheltenham Gazette, etc etc.
The recipes are a typical mix of practical home cookery from the period, including those for beverages [spruce beer, fruit wines, cordials, punches]; stews and sauces; preserves and pickles; cured meats; soups; puddings and cakes; sweet jellies and savoury 'restorative' jellies. There are useful household / domestic maintenance recipes for removing stains, controls for thrip, scale and other pests. There are many entries for medicinal advice and concoctions, including cough, rheumatism and gout treatments and remedies. There are 6 loose recipes inserted into the manuscript, including one dated 25 December 1877 for "Grandmama's Christmas plum pudding". They are in various hands and none are in the same hand as the manuscript.
[Jacqui Newling, November 2011]