In June 2014, Tara O’Brien, Director of Conservation and Preservation at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, planned a manuscript research day for the volunteer foodways staff at Pennsbury Manor which I coordinate. If I look elated, I am turning the pages of an original manuscript receipt book of the Custis family! This is the receipt book that is the basis for Karen Hess’s monumental book Martha Washington’s Book of Cookery. The writer of these receipts is unknown but of seventeenth century origin and the book was in the possession of Martha from 1749 when she married Daniel Custis.
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