This article is from the Food Preserving FAQ, by Eric Decker firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the
Terrible (original 1550's, current English translation 1994). Edited
and translated by Carolyn Johnston Pouncy. ISBN 0-8014-2410-0. If
you think preserving food is a lot of work nowadays, imagine being a
Russian house steward in 1550...
Michel de Nostradame (Nostradamus) apparently published a collection of
jelly recipes. From: Tim in rec.food.historic: The recipes I have of
Nostrodamus are contained in the book 'The Elixirs of Nostradamus' edited
by Knut Boeser. Published by Bloomsbury U.K. 1995. I have tried searching
on the net for similar items, but all that 'Nostrodamus' turns up are
predictions. [There's a real foodie for you!--LEB]. The book is divided
into two sections. The first is a collection of beauty potions and elixirs,
the second is a collection of jellies and preserves. These include: How to
preserve lemon peel/ How to preserve pumpkins/ Preserving bitter oranges in
sugar of honey/ How to preserve bitter cherries/ How to preserve limes/ How
to make a superb quince jelly.
The Foxfire series (especially Foxfire 1) has some information on food
preserving techniques as they are (and were) practiced in the southeastern
From email@example.com (M Zoe Holbrooks) in rec.food.historic:
I've just gotten word that Louis & Clark Booksellers (P.O. Box 5093, Madison,
WI 53705) has a complete set of the Mallinckrodt Collection of Food Classics for
The set of 6 volumes includes: Nicholas Appert (The Art of Preserving All
Kinds of Animal and Vegetable Substances for Several Years; 1812); Frederick
Accum (A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons; 1820);
Denys Papin (A New Digester or Engine for Softening Bones; 1681); H. Jackson
(An Essay on Bread; 1758); Platina (De honesta voluptate; 1475); and Kenelme
Digbie (The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie Kt. Opened;
1669). Most of these works are difficult to find. If interested, please
contact them directly (tel# 608-231-6850). They are not yet online (maybe
later this year [1995.--LEB]). My personal experience with them has been
pleasant and rewarding. They put out a catalog at least once a year and it
never fails to include something I "can't live without"!
If you are looking for older canning recipes, ones that contain unusual
combinations of fruits, or perhaps are trying to track down your
grandmother's secret conserve recipe, check out the selection of used
or collectible cookbooks from the Book Garden Gallery. The BGG is online,
at email address firstname.lastname@example.org; and a Web page at http://www.eden.com/~bgg/
index.html. I've ordered books in cyberspace from them, they are polite,
speedy, and accurate about the condition of their used books.