Recipes from Scotland 1680s to 1940s

Desserts and baking

'Mrs Johnston's receipts'

'Mrs Johnston's receipts' was published in Edinburgh in 1741.

It is identical in many respects to 'Mrs McLintock's receipts for cookery and pastry-work' — the first published Scottish recipe book — which appeared in Glasgow in 1736. The authors may well have been one and the same person.

Unlike manuscript recipe books, these published recipe books are comprehensive.

title page of old recipe book

Title page of 'Mrs Johnston's receipts for all sorts of pastry, creams, puddings, custards, preserves, marmalets, conserves, geillies, syrops, wines, wet and dry confections, biskets, sauces, pickles and cookery, After the newest and most approved methods', Edinburgh, 1741. [Library reference: RB.s.86]

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