Published in New York in 1865, this volume of the American Antiquarian Cookbook Collection presents several hundred recipes for cooking with leftovers and eating well in a household of “moderate income.”
This clever little volume was devised to provide hints on setting a modest but “well-ordered table” for the “young and inexperienced mistress of a household where a moderate income renders economy advisable.” Self-styled as a “Book of Rechauffes [warmed leftovers] together with many other approved receipts for the kitchen of a gentleman of moderate income,” this useful compilation includes recipes for dishes made from leftover fish and dressed fish, mutton, beef, veal, pork, poultry, and game, as well as economical recipes for soup, vegetable, sweets, pastry, cakes, preserves, liqueurs, pickles, and sauces. Miscellaneous thrifty methods for “keeping fish for several days," "keeping meat, game, or poultry in hot weather,” “removing taint from meat and poultry,” and many other household situations are also described.
This edition of What To Do With the Cold Mutton was reproduced by permission from the volume in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War patriot and successful printer and publisher, the Society is a research library documenting the life of Americans from the colonial era through 1876. The Society collects, preserves, and makes available as complete a record as possible of the printed materials from the early American experience. The cookbook collection includes approximately 1,100 volumes.