The volume is identified on a finely decorated and coloured title page, which shows a beehive on a bench. The name Elenor Mundy with the date 1728 is given, with the Latin tag 'Crura Thymo Plena' ['legs full of honey']. There are 141 manuscript pages containing over 250 recipes.
The original volume was designed and written as a coherent whole. The recipes are divided into sections: soups, puddings, meat dishes, pies, fish dishes, cakes, preserves, pickles, wines and cordials, and there is a table of contents at the front. Only in the section on cordial waters is there any significant reference to medicinal recipes.
The original recipes were all written on the front side of each folio. At various later dates, recipes in other 18th-century hands have been added to the volume on the reverse sides of the folios. These later recipes are often credited with local Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire names such as 'Lady Gell', 'E. Mundy', 'Mrs Eyre', 'E. Martial', 'Mrs Wilmot of Morley', 'Mrs Willoughby of Nottingham', 'Mrs Mundy of Derby', and 'Miss Lowe'. Family members contributing to the volume include 'Sis. Willoughby', 'Cos. [cousin] Newdigate', 'Cos. Mundy', 'Aunt Willoughby', 'Cos. Pool' [Pole], and 'Aunt Leche'. A loose sheet (MS 86/2) contains a recipe for 'Doctor Lowers Tincture'.
A full transcript of the recipe headings is available for reference, as is a combined index of these recipes and recipes in MS 87/1-4.