When one realizes how much the people of prior generations did not have and how much they did not know, you begin to realize how hard life was for them. Imagine ‘cooking’ with no electric and no radio or television to watch. These ‘recipes’ are for more than cooking as in the 1800’s they used the word ‘recipe’ for anything that gave you ingredients for something. You’ll find foods, medicine, hygiene, and a few other categories of items in this with all listed alphabetically and shown is the year for each. As serious as the early recipe writings were, they are humorous today. Some are actually dangerous!