Clarissa Dillon

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Listed here are various papers and books available for purchase covering subjects of gardens, cooking and food, women, children, medicine, makeup and morals. Send requests and payment to the author using the Ordering Information in the left panel.


So Serve It Up: Eighteenth-Century English Foodways in Eastern Pennsylvania has been reprinted; it is now illustrated! The book presents a meal a month based on a variety of primary sources. Dinners from different social and economc levels are provided, from prison food to a dinner for the delegates to the 1774 Continental Congress. Each chaper has its own bibliography. $25.00 + $5.00 s/h.

"Cheeks of rose, untouched by Art"? 18c cosmetics. $5.00 + $2.00 s/h.

COMING SOON: Garnishes and Accessoires to Embellish and Enrich 18th-Century Dishes with Elegance, Excellence, and Economy. There will be receipts for both garnishes and accessories along with period reference to their use. Illustrations. Glossary. Bibliography.

COMING SOON: "Let No Time Be Wasted: Helpful Hints and Useful Information for the Busy Housewife in her Sphere." Above 200 items to save time and energy or to provide important material for use in the household. $10.00 + $5.00 s/h. Publication is planned for late March 2015. It is expected to first be available at the MAALHFAM Conference in Monmouth County, New Jersey on a date yet to be confirmed, where Clarissa will be presenting a talk on apples, with "show and tell" and "tastings."


Ordering a Kitchen Garden (1989 ALHFAM, Sturbridge)

18th-Century English Kitchen Gardens, Parts I, II and III (Historical Gardener, 1992)

Weeds or Wildings? (Historical Gardener 1993)

Ordering a Kitchen Garden, Part II (2000 ALHFAM, Sturbridge)

This Truck Doesn't Use Diesel (2001 ALHFAM, Williamsburg)

Lambs' Ears (PAST MASTERS News, Spring 2005; ALHFAM Bulletin, Winter 2006)

Cooking & Food

They Did Too Eat Tomatoes! (History News 1991)

Holidays and Their Foods (Delaware County Historical Society 1992)

Life & Death of John Barleycorn (1993 ALHFAM, Minneapolis)

Preserving Fruits & Vegetables (Fairfax, Virginia 1995)

You May Preserve Them Good (Fraunces Tavern, New York City 1996)

Colonial Cooking, When THEY Won't Let You Use the Fire (2002 ALHFAM, Princeton)


Eighteenth-Century Women (Tidy's Symposium 1995)

Motherhood and More (Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia 1996)

Lewd, Enormous and Disorderly Practices... (1996 ALHFAM, Houston)

Fire! Fire! False Alarm? Elizabeth Drinker and the Joan-of-Arc Syndrome (SE ALHFAM, Huntsville, Alabama 1998)

With Respect to Women (Somerville, New Jersey 2000)


Childhood in Colonial Days? Let's Get Rid of Alice Morse Earle (MAALHFAM, Landis Valley 1995)

Eighteenth-Century Childhood (Radnor Historical Society, Pennsylvania 1998)


Next to Godliness. Presents information about the various steps taken when doing laundry, with material from period manuals. The activities have been confirmed in diaries, newspapers, account books and other period publications. $10.00 + $5.00 s/h. The book's debut took place at the MAALHFAM conference at Peter Wentz Farmstead on the weekend of March 29, 2014.

Blessed be he that invented PUDDING. Presents 17th- and 18th-century puddings, from a hare with a pudding in her belly, through sausage, puddings boiled and baked, jelly, cream, blemange, and ends with Solomon's Temple in Flummery. Plentiful documentation, glossary, bibliography. $7.00 + $3.00 s/h

A BAKER'S DOZEN of 18th-Century Grain Dishes
Period receipts (recipes) for porridge, bread, cake, and puddings using grains that were grown in the Thirteen Colonies. Directions for modern use are also included. (2007, available from the author) $5.00 + $2.00 s/h

A BAKER'S DOZEN of 19th-Century Grain Dishes
Same format as the 18th century paper above, with receipts from the first half of the 19th century. (2007, available from the author) $5.00 + $2.00 s/h

"...a Work Highly of Use... Some 17th- and 18th-Century Considerations of Various Foodstuffs"
This little book presents some of the theories used by housewives when planning menus and meals. Gardening, cookery, and medical sources from 1525 through 1769 have been used to provide information, often in their own words. Glossary, bibliography, and period illustrations. (Available from the author) $15.00 + $3.00 s/h

"...a Work highly of Use..." Part II. "With Regard to the Virtues of Plants..." and their efficacy in the treatment of ill health.
This is a companion to "...a Work highly of Use..." Some 17th- and 18th-Century Medical Considerations of Various Foodstuffs (2006). People today are often aware that plants, like lavender, were carefully grown for use. Others, less familiar, were collected from the wild. Stinging nettle, considered an irritating weed now, were considered valuable. There were also those that could not be grown or foraged. They could be bought from apothecaries and merchants. This slim volume provides works from period sources to explain the importance of 71 plants. 103 pages; introduction; illustrations; glossary; bibliography. Available only from the author. $15.00 + $5.00 s/h.

Order both "Works highly of Use" books and pay $25.00 + $4.00 s/h. Save!

"Kickshaws and Other Small Sweets"
This book has been designed for today's use. It presents receipts, updates, and shortcuts for preparing and serving little cakes, tarts, and sweetmeats in the 18th-century style. $7.00 + $5.00 s/h.

"Lift the Spirit"
This booklet provides receipts (recipes) for wines, spirits, and alcoholic mixtures from 18th-century sources. None requires special equipment and there is no need for a permit since the spirits are all purchased. Sources, books for further information, glossary, special notes, and period illustrations are included. (2006, available from the author.) $5.00 + $2.00 s/h

"A large, an useful, and a grateful Field." Eighteenth-Century Kitchen Gardens in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Use of the Plants, and Their Place in Women's Work. This revision of Dr. Dillon's doctoral dissertation is based on a combination of traditional archival research and replication. The book is presented in a three-ring binder for ease of use by historic gardeners and cooks. Plants, with two or more period references, are presented on one side of the page leaving plenty of space for notes, additional research findings and more. Physical aspects of gardens and gardening as well as processes for use are covered. (Available from UMI, Ann Arbor, Michigan; rev. 2002, and available from the author) $45.00 + $7.00 s/h

The Additions to the dissertation, "A large, an useful, and a grateful Field"
is ready! Several plants have been added and there is new material for those already included. $10.00 + $4.00 s/h.

". . . the sincerest form of flattery." Information on seven English "imitation" foods from 18th-century receipts (recipes). Cost: $5.00 + $2.50 s/h. Available only from Clarissa F. Dillon, 768 Buck Lane, Haverford, PA 19041.

Margaret Hill Morris, Burlington, New Jersey 1804 Gardening Memorandum. This book contains a facsimile of the last garden notes kept by Mrs. Burlington during the last years of her life. Included are notes transcribed, an essay discussing her life and activities, an essay on gardening practices, a glossary, plant list, extensive notes, and bibliography. (Ed. with Nancy V. Webster, American Horticultural Series, No. 6, 1996, available from the author) $20.00 + $4.00 s/h

"A Most Comfortable Dinner," 18th-Century Receipts "to subsist a Great Number of Persons at a Small Expense". Period receipts (recipes) for people of "the common sort" collected from newspapers, almanacs, medical and military sources, and other such non-cookbooks. (1994, available from the author) $10.00 + $2.00 s/h

SO SERVE IT UP: Eighteenth-Century English Foodways in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A meal a month for a year. Dinner using period receipts and actual menus where possible are presented. Meals range from prison food to a dinner given by Benjamin Chew for the delegates to the 1774 Continental Congress. Each chapter has its own bibliography since each has a different focus on sources - for example, the February chapter focuses on a birthday party given for George Washington at Valley Forge, based on the 1777 accounts. $25.00 + $5.00 s/h

To Comfort, to Strengthen, and to Heal: Receipt Book for John H. Mundall. This collection of medicinal receipts provides a survey of medical theory and practice in the greater Philadelphia region during the 18th century. It also demonstrates the existence of a network of both professional and lay people sharing receipts and processes. In addition, there is material from London, Paris, and Moscow, so it is far from a parochial collection. (Philadelphia, 2004, available from the author) Retail: $25.00 + $5.00 s/h; Wholesale: $20.00 + $5.00 s/h

Other Papers

"Kitchen Textiles in the Seventeenth Through Nineteenth Centuries" (The ALHFAM Bulletin, Spring 2009, "Fiber: Linen to Lumber"; originally published in Food History News)

"Loyalty in Revolutionary Pennsylvania" (The ALHFAM Bulletin, Summer 2009, "Military and Civilian")

Is There a Doctor in the House? No. (1986 ALHFAM, Guelph, Ontario)

"To Make the Face Fair and Smooth" (1995 ALHFAM, Hiram, Ohio)

We've Gone a Long Way, Baby: How Research and Interpretation of Colonial Life Have Changed Since the Bicentennial (Chadds Ford Historical Society 1996)

"Under the Shadow of My Wing:" Did William Drinker have TB? (1997 ALHFAM, Staunton, Virginia)

"That Art Might Help..." (CSA, Gadsby's Tavern, Alexandria, Virginia)

Cows Give Milk and Manure... (2004 ALHFAM, Dearborn, Michigan)