Emily (or, Emilie) Scott Knapp of New Orleans, Louisiana, and at least one other author recorded recipes, household notes, brief diary entries, and financial accounts in this volume (roughly 72 pages) in the mid-19th century. Approximately five receipts and newspaper clippings are pinned, pasted, or laid in the volume.
Most recipes are for edible items, such as wine, baked goods, and dishes incorporating fruits, vegetables, or meats. Other recipes include instructions for making soap, tallow candles, and hair dye, and for cleaning tarnished silver. One newspaper clipping provides "A Steamboatman's Cure for the Cholera." Some recipes have attributions.
Additional sections contain accounts for the purchase of cloth and sewing goods (pp. 1-3), brief undated diary entries focusing on culinary preparation and household work (pp. 13-25), biographical information about Anne Boleyn (p. 27), plans for the construction of a garden (pp. 60-63), and "Extracts from the Southern Ruralist," which are housekeeping tips (pp. 65-71). A receipt for a medical prescription issued to a child of Dr. J. S. Knapp is pinned into the volume.