Dr. Chase’s Receipt Book

I found this cookbook online, and felt I had to add it to my collection. In addition to a standard recipe section, it also has agricultural advice, household tips, and extensive instructions on how to care for invalids. So, of course, when I saw that it even had a section on beekeeping… just in case. 🙂

Alvin Wood Chase was born in western New York state in 1817, and spent his early years traveling the area peddling a variety of household items and medicines, while also collecting folk remedies. He published a number of books, including “A Guide to Wealth! Over One Hundred Valuable Recipes for Saloons, Inn-Keepers, Grocers, Druggists, Merchants and Families Generally”, and a number of other cookbooks.

There are only a couple of unique additions to the original cookbook, like old labels and handwritten recipe. One of the cooler recipes is for cough syrup, with a note below it to not let the druggist keep the recipe, as he might make use of it.

I, for one, plan to try many of the recipes, and might even try a couple of the folk remedies, too.


  • Cider Cake 
  • Salt Rising Bread
  • Rarebit
  • Love Knots for Tea
  • Rabbit Pie

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