By the last quarter of the 1800s, recipe books were becoming increasingly popular as emphasis was placed on the importance of food in creating and maintaining an harmonious household. The first Australian cookbook, by 'an Australian Aristologist', was published in 1860 and was quickly followed by a range of less formal works, many written by women. The Museum's collection includes a number of home-made recipe books. These are of particular interest as they indicate the types of food prepared in the average household. This recipe book is typical with its mix of hand-written recipes garnered from friends and family and recipes torn out of magazines.