The first recipe was entered into this manuscript in the 17th. Century. It was then passed from mother to daughter or aunt to niece. Those who had possession of the book added favourite recipes and trusted remedies. Anyone interested in the history of English cooking, ingredients, medicine, language or handwriting will find this book delightful. Ever since her father passed the book (manuscript) on to her, Maggie was fascinated by it. Not until she had retired could she find time to do the research. It was written by her ancestors on the female side of the family starting in the mid 17th. Century, this was confirmed by the watermarks in the paper. Many people encouraged her to publish the book. She felt before doing this, she should try and trace the background of the people that had contributed by recording their favourite or family recipes. This resulted in a book consisting of 176 pages of copies of recipes, a glossary and clarification of the old English terminology, measurements, weights and historical information. The end result is a book, opening a window into more than three centuries of English cooking and home remedies. Anybody interested in cooking, medicine, the envolvement of the English language and handwriting will find this book fascinating.