New York Academy of Medicine Acquires 17th-century Cookbook and Offers New Finding Aids to Researchers

This spring, the New York Academy of Medicine Library acquired a German manuscript cookbook from ca. 1700, compiling several hundred recipes. The cookbook offers instructions for making dishes using game, various types of sausage, and many kinds of fish, including pike, eel, and crayfish. Sweet dishes include marzipan, ginger bread, and desserts made from almond, apple, pear, rum and dates. Also included are notes on the preparation of various waters. A charming watercolor in the Biedermeier style at the beginning of the cookbook depicts an elegantly dressed couple facing each other. Under the watercolor is a dedicatory inscription, indicating that the manuscript was a wedding gift. The purchase adds to the Library’s already extensive cookery collection, numbering some 10,000 items. In addition, four new finding aids have been made available online. They include the records of three professional organizations (the New York Cardiological Society, the New York Clinical Society, and the New York Pediatric Society), as well as the papers of Charles Loomis Dana (1852-1935), a prominent New York neurologist. The collection includes Dr. Dana’s case files from 1918 to 1929, published articles and reprints, manuscripts for speeches and books, handwritten notes, and research materials. For information on access, please consult the finding aids, available here: