Cooking and Housekeeping Books – 19th Century


Here’s a selection of books and one magazine on the subject of household management and cooking. The earliest was published in London in 1776; the rest are American, mostly from the middle of the 19th century.

The last entry has links to digital editions of 50 vintage cookbooks; all freely available on OpenLibrary.

For tips on reading online and downloading, see the note at the bottom of this page.

The Young House-Keeper, or Thoughts on Food and Cookery

Boston: Light 1838
Alcott, William A.Go to Book

See many related works in: Cooking, Home Management & Child Care Books

Miss Beecher’s Housekeeper and Healthkeeper …

NY: Harper & Brothers 1873
Beecher, Catharine EstherGo to Book

(title continued) “…containing Five Hundred Recipes for Economical and Healthful Cooking; also, many directions for securing health and happiness. Approved by physicians of all classes”

The American Frugal Housewife, Dedicated to those who are Not Ashamed of Economy

NY: Samuel & William Wood 1838
Child, Lydia Maria FrancisGo to Book

Also see: State College of Washington, Home Economics: A Bibliography for High Schools in Section 016.6 Useful Arts in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship

The Professed Cook: or, the Modern Art of Cookery, Pastry, and Confectionary …

London: Davis 1776
Clermont, B.Go to Book

(title continued) “…made plain and easy, consisting of the most approved methods in the French as well as English Cookery, in which the French names of all the different dishes are given and explained, whereby every Bill of Fare becomes intelligible and familiar”

The Young Housekeeper’s Friend

Boston: Brown, Taggard & Chase 1859
Cornelius, Mrs.
Go to Book


The Housekeeper’s Book: Comprising Advice on the Conduct of Household Affairs in general …

Philadelphia: Marshall 1837
McDougall, Frances HarrietGo to Book

(title continued) “…and particular directions for the preservation of furniture, bedding, &c; for the laying in and preserving of provisions; with a complete collection of receipts for economical domestic cookery. The whole carefully prepared for the use of American housekeepers. By a Lady.”

See many related works in: Cooking, Home Management & Child Care Books

The Housekeeper and Gardener

Boston: Crosby, Nichols 1858
Upton, Rebecca A.Go to Book


The Intellectual House-Keeper: A Series of Practical Questions to his Daughters, by a Father …

Boston: Russel, Odiorne 1835
Author UnknownGo to Book

(title continued) “…or Hints to Females on the Necessity of Thought in Connexion with their Domestic Labors and Duties. With an Album”

The Home-Maker: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine

NY: Home-Maker Pub. Co.
Harland, Marion, ed., Vol. 1. October 1888 – March 1889Go to Periodical


Open Library List of 50 Vintage Cookbooks Online

Go to Collection




Tips for Reading Online and Downloading

More than half the books on our website at History of the Great Lakes States are hosted by Internet Archive or Open Library. They are sister organizations and use the same online viewer application. In most cases this viewer will give you nearly perfect text if you;

1. switch from the double-page to the single-page view by using the icons in the bottom right corner, and;

2. Keep zooming in until the text snaps into a clear focus.

Using the single-page view allows you to scroll pages down with your mouse wheel.

You can download books from these two sites by clicking on the book name at the top-left corner of the page (in the viewer) to get to the download menu.


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