The Historical Society is pleased to present the facsimile of Ellen Emlen’s cookbook. Mrs. Emlen, a nineteenth-century Philadelphia housewife, organized her cookbook into thirteen categories of recipes including meats, vegetables, sauces, food for the sick, and desserts. Written circa 1865 and containing well over 200 recipes, this book is a must for any culinary historian, Civil War buff, or American patriot. Rediscover wonderful tips and tricks for the kitchen and enjoy Emlen's comments on the recipes. This is not simply a how-to book: it is a peek into the American past, into a documentation of years of trial and error, and the desire to remember and preserve that knowledge. This publication is a limited edition of 500 copies.
This project has been supported in part by a generous donation from Mr. Thomas Moran and Ms. Cynthia Starrett.