Rumford Complete Cookbook - Revised

Rumford Complete Cookbook - Revised

Rumford Complete Cookbook

Pictured here is the revised (ninth) edition, printed in 1938 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook, originally published in 1908.  Published by Rumford Chemical Works in Rumford, RI, the authors incorporate Rumford Baking Powder whenever possible. The author states in the introduction "retaining all the best features of the original edition, the revised Rumford Cookbook covers many developments undreamed of when the first book was created."

Sections included in the cookbook are:

  • Definitions of Terms used in Cookery
  • Weights and Measures
  • Vegetable Time Table
  • Baking by Temperature
  • Soups
  • Fish
  • Meats
  • Frying
  • Poultry
  • Entrees, Cheese Dishes
  • Salads
  • Eggs
  • Puddings, Pudding Sauces
  • Pastry
  • Bread, Rolls, Muffins
  • Waffles, Griddle Cakes, Etc.
  • Cake
  • Gingerbread, Cookies
  • Ice Cream and Ices
  • Canning, Preserving
  • Recipes for Chafing Dish
  • Sandwiches
  • Confections
  • Beverages
  • Recipes for the Sick
  • Carving

Recipes for the sick? -- yes the cookbook even included a section of recipes for the sick.  The authors claim "the food eaten by a sick person has in many cases as much to with rapid recovery as have drugs.  It must be remembered that the palate is more sensitive in sickness than in health, both to seasonings and temperatures so that less seasoning and more moderate degrees of heat and cold must be observed."  Recipes in this section include:

  • Lemonade
  • Barley Water
  • Toast Water -- yes, two slices of toast, 1 cup of boiling water and 1/6 teaspoon of salt.  Cook the toast, boil the toast, then strain and server hot or cold.  "Some add milk, cream and sugar, and serve hot in place of tea or coffee". 
  • Eggnog
  • Junket Eggnog
  • Albumenized Milk - 1 egg white, 1/4 cup lime water, and 1 cup milk, shaken (not stirred). 
  • Sterilized Milk
  • Wine Whey
  • Acid Phosphate Whey (of course a Rumford product is used)
  • Beef and Tapioca Broth
  • Invalid's Tea - tea made with milk rather than water, sugar to taste
  • Clam Broth
  • Beef Tea
  • Oatmeal Gruel
  • Corn Meal Gruel
  • Arrowroot Gruel
  • Irish Moss
  • Savory Custard
  • Puffed Egg
  • Custard Souffle
  • Egg Cream
  • Dainty Pudding
  • Tapioca Jelly
  • Chicken Chartreuse
  • Sweetbreads a la Newberg
  • Beef Cakes
  • Scraped Beef Sandwiches


Lily Haxworth Wallace
Rumford Chemical Works - Oxford-Print, Boston, MA
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