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Cottage Cookbook

Patrick Taylor's Cottage Cookbook

A little bit of this and a little bit of that


Getting your hands on a tried and tested recipe, past down from the early 1900s, bits of paper from the late Mrs Florence McKail and a very old cookbook from 1865 to the 1950s - is pretty special, but with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, we promise that there is also... a little bit of heaven in every bite. 

Baking Ingredients

If there's anything for sure, it's that food traditions and family recipes that are handed down tend to stick and for good reason.


Cookbooks are passed down from mothers and grandmothers, recipes are exchanged by word of mouth, techniques are taught by hand and food is a way of keeping the family, communities, stories and memories alive.


We can just imagine these recipes being stirred with a wooden spoon, when 'arm' power was all that was available and pioneers lacked electricity in those early days.  Food store and preservation techniques a hundred years ago vary greatly from today's technology.

Try the Patrick Taylor Cottage recipes and let us know how it turns out by emailing or tag us in @albanyhistoricalsociety on Facebook and/or Instagram.

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