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Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery
Transcribed by Karen Hess. ISBN 0-231-04931-5. Copyright 1981, 1995. Softcover with 518 pages.
This book presents us with "Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery and Booke of Sweetmeats being a Family Manuscript, curiously copied by an unknown Hand sometime in the seventeenth century, which was in her Keeping from 1749, the time of her Marriage to Daniel Custis, to 1799, at which time she gave it to Eleanor Parke Custis, her granddaughter, on the occasion of her Marriage to Lawrence Lewis." The book contains over 500 recipes dating from Elizabethan and Jacobean time in a classic that captures the essence of early American folk culture.