18th- and 19th- Century Cooking in the Hudson Valley

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18th- and 19th- Century Cooking in the Hudson Valley
1789-1791 Receipts of Rhulif J. Elting - Image Source

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Historical Context

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the kitchen was not only the physical center of the household, but also the social center of the home. The hearth was used for warmth, cooking and as a place for the older generation to teach skills to the younger generation. As time progressed, newer tools were created and recipe books became more common but the hearth and the food that was made there remained at the center of life on Huguenot Street.

Scope of Collection

This collection includes recipes, images of historic cooking utensils, and receipts for home goods. Taken collectively, these items create a detailed picture of culinary practices, diet, measurement and even provision costs in the nineteenth century.

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