Early American Herb Recipes

Early American Herb Recipes

by Alice Cooke Brown
Early American Herb Recipes

Early American Herb Recipes

by Alice Cooke Brown

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Overview

For early American households, the herb garden was an all-purpose medicine chest. Herbs were used to treat apoplexy (lily of the valley), asthma (burdock, horehound), boils (onion), tuberculosis (chickweed, coltsfoot), palpitations (saffron, valerian), jaundice (speedwell, nettles, toad flax), toothache (dittander), hemorrhage (yarrow), hypochondria (mustard, viper grass), wrinkles (cowslip juice), cancers (bean-leaf juice), and various other ailments. But herbs were used for a host of other purposes as well — and in this fascinating book, readers will find a wealth of information on the uses of herbs by homemakers of the past, including more than 500 authentic recipes, given exactly as they appeared in their original sources.
Selected from such early American cookbook classics as Miss Leslie's Directions for Cookery, Mary Randolph's The Virginia Housewife, Lydia Child's The American Frugal Housewife, and other rare publications, the recipes cover the use of herbs for medicinal, culinary, cosmetic, and other purposes. Readers will discover not only how herbs were used in making vegetable and meat dishes, gravies and sauces, cakes, pies, soups, and beverages, but also how our ancestors employed them in making dyes, furniture polish, insecticides, spot removers, perfumes, hair tonics, soaps, tooth powders, and numerous other products. While some formulas are completely fantastic, others (such as a sunburn ointment made from hog's lard and elder flowers) were based on long experience and produced excellent results.
More than 100 fine nineteenth-century engravings of herbs add to the charm of this enchanting volume — an invaluable reference and guide for plant lovers and herb enthusiasts that will "delight and astound the twentieth-century reader." (Library Journal).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486418759
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 08/20/2001
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
CHAPTER ONE:Herb Gardens and Borders
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
PICKING AND PRESERVING HERBS
CHAPTER TWO: Medicinal Uses of Herbs
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
GLOSSARY OF OLD MEDICINAL TERMS
MATERIA MEDICA CLASSIFICATION
COLLECTING OF MATERIA MEDICA
RECIPES FOR REMEDIES
LIST OF DISEASES AND REMEDIAL HERBS
"CHAPTER THREE: Toiletries, Perfumes, Pomatum"
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
COLOGNE RECIPES
DEODERIZER RECIPES
HAIR TONIC RECIPES
PERFUME RECIPES
POMADE RECIPES
SOAP RECIPES
TOILET WATER RECIPES
TOOTH BRUSHES AND POWDERS
CHAPTER FOUR: Culinary Uses of Herbs
MEAT RECIPES
GRAVY AND SAUCE RECIPES
SOUP RECIPES
FISH RECIPES
FOWL RECIPES
VEGETABLE RECIPES
VINEGAR RECIPES
SALAD RECIPES
PICKLE RECIPES
BEVERAGE RECIPES
CHAPTER FIVE: Other Household Uses of Herbs
CONFECTIONS
CONSERVES AND PRESERVES
"PASTERIES, CAKES AND PIES"
PUDDING RECIPES
Bibliography
Index
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