photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Transcribed Cook Books

These books generally contain the text and a glossary but no modern interpretation of the recipes.


Title Author(s) No. of pages Price
The Good Huswifes Handmaid for the Kitchen A transcription of a general period cookery book with brief glossary. Edited Stuart Peachey 72p £11
John Murrell's Two books of Cookerie and Carving 1638 Book 1 contains recipes and menus, book 2 comprises a book of recipes and a second book of carving and serving which also includes fascinating sections on the roles of the main household officials and rules of precedence. Much of the latter section appears based on an early 16th century work. Edited Stuart Peachey
Book 1 [Recipes and Menus] 44p £7
Book 2 [Recipes and Etiquette] 56p £9
Delightfull Daily Exercises for Ladies and Gentlewomen John Murrell. This work contains mainly banqueting rather than feast recipes, banquet layouts and interesting clues to cooking techniques. 1621. Edited by Stuart Peachey 48p £8
Miscellaneous Recipes Volume 1 A collection of scattered recipes in period works other than cookery books [The Treasury of Hiden Secrets, Richard Symond's Diaries and Izac Waltons Complete Angler]. Stuart Peachey 16p £4
The Ladies Closet Opened The cookery recipes only from the original work dealing with a mixture of dairy, conserving and banqueting dishes. ISBN.1858040442 Edited by Stuart Peachey 32p £6
A Proper New Book of Cookerye 1545 Ed Jane Huggett 20p £4
A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen. 1636 Banqueting preserves, waters, some medicinal etc Bootleg Press 72p £11

See also under medicine: The Complete Receipt Book of Ladie Elynor Fetiplace Vol. 1-3 and The Widow’s Treasury 1639