Ellen Bankes Friend handwritten recipe book
- 1840 February 14
- Friend, Ellen Bankes, 1816-1883 (Person)
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Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)
Biographical / Historical
Ellen Bankes Friend (born Ellen Pigeon) (1816-1883) was married to John Bankes Friend (1808-1881) a 'Sugar Refiner and Gentleman' in 1836, moving to their address at 21 Woburn Square around this time. He went on to become the Director of the Globe Insurance Company, and a Governor of Christ's Hospital in England. They were to have six children together. Their third child, Elizabeth, was born in November 1840, nine months after the present book was started on Valentine's Day.
Scope and Contents
This collection includes a handwritten recipe book and two loose leaf recipes, previously folded into the book, compiled by Ellen Bankes Friend. The book is bound in contemporary sheep backed marbled boards. The manuscript contains over 80 recipes, some original, but most attributed to other sources ('Miss Miles', 'Mrs. Barron', 'Miss Foster' etc.). Amongst the recipes are various 'Jellys' (Apple, Orange, Port Wine, Calves Foot), 'Cakes' (Plain Plum, Sponge, Rice, 'German Dough', Soda, Ginger loaf and several cheesecakes), 'Biscuits' (Ginger, German Puffs) and 'Puddings' (Marlborough, Swiss, Muffin, Amber, German), as well as the more unusual and extravagent, such as 'Oyster Curry', 'Devonshire Junkett' and 'Charlotte Russe', presumably used on special occasions to impress well-to-do friends. The manuscript is signed 'Mrs. J.B. Friend, Woburn Square'. This is an example of an early Victorian recipe book of a well-to-do household in Woburn Square, London. The recipe book is dated February 14, 1840.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA