Whether a 19th century recipe for sponge cake or a cure for spring fever, cookbooks in Delaware County Historical Society’s collection demonstrate flavors of a former time and attest to how palates have changed. There’s the “Cook Book of Sarah Ann Clayton,” who married Nelson Clayton Sept. 23, 1831 and died in 1859. Her wallet-sized book features ways to bake cupcakes and doughnuts, as well as bologna sausages and plum pudding. A reader can also learn how to fry calves’ feet or stew pigeons. For those interested in keeping game, detailed instructions are provided: “Game ought not to be thrown away even when it has been kept a very long time; for when it seems to be spoiled, it may often be made fit for eating, by nicely cleaning it, and washing with vinegar and water.” An 1887 notebook held advertisements and instructions for products from Henry K. Wampole &amp; Co., Manufacturing Chemists. However, the front part of the book was transformed into a recipe book with handwritten entries and portions of newspaper columns pasted into it. In the back, a reader would find information on Wampole’s products like Wampole’s Bromo-Pyrine useful for treating “a very troublesome class of diseases” such as migraine or “sick-headache,” “applicable to rheumatic troubles.” The front is full of various recipes such as this one paragraph for Mame’s Sponge Cake: “5 eggs, cup and a half of sugar and flour each. Bake in layers or one cake.” The seventh edition of “Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats” is revised with the addition of 40 extra recipes. Published in 1834, author Miss Leslie of Philadelphia presents details on how to make 19 types of cake, including French almond, flannel and pound; 12 different types of jellies and 16 types of pudding. There’s also 10 ways to prepare oysters from spiced to stewed to fried or baked and 12 recipes for preserving items from crab apples to peaches to quinces and strawberries. “Choice Receipts from Delaware Co. Households,” compiled by a Delaware County housekeeper and published in 1883 highlights 128 pages of recipes for bread, soups, fish and oysters, meats, game, poultry, vegetables, boiled and baked puddings and other delicacies. There is also panaceas for indigestion and coughing. For spring fever, it lists the following cure: “Two ounces Epsom salts, one-half ounce of cream tartar, one quart of boiling water and rind of one-half lemon. Take a wine glass every morning.” These books - and others - are stored at the home of Delaware County Historical Society at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. It is closed on Tuesdays. Appointments are also available upon request. Parking is free in the lot behind the building or across the street in the city’s municipal lot. For more information, ways to get involved or to contribute items of historic significance, please call 610-359-0832. Recipes and cookbooks from years past - and the equipment used to make them - are part of the collection at Delaware County Historical Society.