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(Oysters) Griffin, Eldon. Oysters Have Eyes or The Travels of a Pacific Oyster.

 

Illus. from photographs. Green printed wrappers. First Edition. Seattle: Wilberlilla Publishers, 1941.

An in-depth look at the Pacific oyster business just before WWII, with particular emphasis on the canned (steamed) oyster business in the Pacific Northwest. SIGNED by the author on the title page, with small Xmas sticker & inscription from another in lower corner. Very good. $60. SOLD

(Oysters) Bonnot, Paul. The Edible Bivalves of California.

 

28 pp. Illus. with numerous drawings of oysters, clams, mussels and scallops. Green wrappers. San Francisco: Calif. Fish & Game, 1940.

An offprint from a longer report from Calif. Fish & Game, this consists of pp. 211-239 but were specially reprinted in this format, with its own printed cover. Each bivalve described lists description, habitat and range, notes, and other names. Near fine. $50.

(Oysters) De Salis, Harriet Anne. Oysters a la Mode or The Oyster and Over 100 Ways of Cooking It, to which are added a few Recipes for Cooking All Kinds of Shellfish.

 

Quarter blue cloth & dec. boards. Second Edition. London: Longmans, Green, 1888.

Mrs. De Salis (1829-1908) was a well regarded cookbook author, most famous for her "A La Mode" series during the Victorian era. The first book in the series (Savouries a la Mode) was published in 1886, and the last was Cakes & Confections a la Mode, in 1899. She was 70 years old at the time. This volume covers British, French and American recipes for oysters and other shellfish. About very good. $75. SOLD

(Oysters) Southworth, May. 101 Ways of Serving Oysters.

 

Oblong pictorial wrappers. Printed in orange & black. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1907.

An important relic of oyster culture at the turn-of-the-century, with recipes for Baltimore oysters, deviled oysters, Florodora, Kipling, Mother's Way, Olympic, Curried, and many more. Chipping to extremities of wrappers, else good. $75. SOLD

(Oysters - Menu) Pearl Oyster House Menu

 

4 pp. Pictorially printed in red & blue. San Francisco: c.1915-20.

The Pearl Oyster House was one of a number of stalls at California Market at 418 Pine St., one of San Francisco's largest markets. (Pearl actually took up 12 stalls). The manager at the time this was printed was P.J. Martina, whose reign at the restaurant seems to have come between Albert Rosenlund in 1899 and Dalmatian manager Louis Slavich in 1928. In addition to a large selection of oysters in bottles, the restaurant and dozens of ways to prepare fresh oysters, as well as lobsters, clams, mussels, and crabs. Minor foxing to extremities, else very good and bright. $75.

(Oysters - Menu) The Darbee & Immel Oyster Co.

 

4 pp. Printed stiff wrappers. San Francisco: 1906-09.

According to San Francisco food historian Erica Peters, Darbee & Immel were located at 1888-1890 Fillmore St. (at Bush St.) from 1906-09 (this location is printed on the front of the menu), when they moved to 243 O'Farrell St. A number of local oyster companies set up oyster beds in the San Leandro tidal flats, which led to fights over territory between companies. An article published in 1905 in the Pacific Fisherman reports, "War has broken out again over the oyster beds of the San Leandro, Cal, water front, and so bitter is the feud between rival companies which claim the beds that shotgun guards have been employed to hold the contested claims.... The Darbee & Immel Oyster and Land Company (faction of the Pacific Oyster Company of San Francisco) had obtained a temporary injunction against the Smith Oyster Company of Oakland, Cal., restraining the latter from interfering with the possession of its recently constructed wharf at Robert's Landing. The fight ... between the two rival companies has occupied the attention of the courts for the last two years, and has frequently given concern to the peace officers of Alameda County. The wharf of the Darbee & Immel Company was recently cut down by employees of the Smith Company." In light of the tension, Darbee & Immel stayed in business just until 1914. Stains & creasing to menu, else good; scarce. $65.

(Oysters) Fisher, M.F.K. Consider the Oyster.

 

Jacket. First Edition. NY: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941.

M.F.K. Fisher’s guide to the seductive oyster solidified her place as one of the best modern food writers. As her beloved second husband, Dillwyn Parrish, grew ill, Fisher wrote three books, the last of which was Consider the Oyster; she dedicated to him. The book is humorous and informative, and contained numerous recipes incorporating oysters, combined with observations on the history of the oyster, oyster cuisine, and the love life of the oyster. Chipping to jacket spine head, mild rubbing to jacket extremities; charming inscription dated 1944 to front free endpaper (and owner Adele Novelli's equally charming bookplate to front pastedown), small tape repair to verso of jacket at spine head, else very good and bright. $400.

(Oysters) De Gouy, Louis P. The Oyster Book.

 

Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Greenberg, 1951.

266 oyster recipes, from Oyster Chowder to Codfish-oyster balls luncheon and Bridesmaids' oysters au gratin. 1" piece of jacket lacking from upper front panel, mild rubbing to extremities, dampstaining to lower cloth binding (not visible with jacket), else very good condition. $60.

(Oysters) Clark, Eleanor. The Oysters of Locmariaquer

 

Illus. with drawings by Leonid. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Pantheon Books, 1964.

A vivid account of the cultivation of Belon oysters and an excursion into the myths, legends, and rich, vibrant history of Brittany and its extraordinary people, The Oysters of Locmariaquer is also an unforgettable journey to the heart of a fascinating culture. Fine. $40.

(Oysters) The Rise and Decline of the Olympia Oyster.

 

Illus. from photographs of the Olympia oyster industry. Jacket. First Edition. Elma, WA: Olympia Oyster Growers Assoc., 1957.

A highly unusual book on the subject of Washington's tiny Olympia oyster, and the industry that built up around it in southern Puget Sound. Minor chipping to jacket extremities, else very good; scarce. $75.

(Sushi) Katogi, Kazunari. Sushi gijutsu kyokasho: edomaezushi hen.

 

Textbook of Shushi Technique: Tokyo Style volume]. 372 pp. Profusely illus. with photos of sushi and fish carving techniques. Jacket, slipcase. First Edition. Tokyo: Asahiya Shuppan, 1981.

Extraordinarily detailed illustrations and descriptions in Japanese of how to make every kind of sushi. Near fine. $120.

Hill, Paul & Mavis. The Edible Sea. Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. NY: A.S. Barnes, 1975.

 

Covering all manner of sea foraging, from abalone and octopus to seaweeds, eels, sea horses, seals, and even whales. Recipes from around the world cover everything from aphrodisiacs to health foods. Closed tear to upper front panel, else very good. $60.

Okukura, Tatsuyuki. Suizoku Shashin. 2 vols.

 

Illus. throughout with full-page woodcut images of one or two variations of tai per page, on rice paper (2 are pink, others are black and white). Vol. I has one full-page image and the rest is text in Japanese. Original Japan-bound orange wrappers, paper cover labels. First Edition. Tokyo: Sasuke Nakamura, 1857.

Okukura Tatsuyuki (a.k.a. Kougaya Chouemon, who died in 1859), ran a green grocer in the KandataTacho district of Edo. A significant book on the subject of Japan's various species of tai (sea bream or snapper); a facsimile of the image in Vol. I appears in the famed sushi chef Jiro's new book, Sushi Chef. This title translates to, "Life Sketches from the Aquarium." It is an important work in the history of Edo-period Japanese block-printed books, and is in the collection of several major museums, and is quite rare. Very good, with stunning illustrations. $800. SOLD

(Menu) Bergez-Frank's, Inc. Old Poodle Dog Menu.

16 pp. Illus. with drawings of courtiers and courtesans serving up feasts; tissue interleaved. Pictorial wrappers. San Francisco: c.1908.

 

At the time this was printed, Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog was located at 415-421 Bush St., but there were also three other similarly-named restaurants nearby: Bergez Restaurant, Old Poodle Dog, and Frank's Rotisserie. After the original restaurant was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, a number of restaurateurs came together to open in 1908. According to acclaimed menu historian Henry Voigt, "this grand establishment featured twenty-one private dining rooms on the floors above the main restaurant. According to lore, it was shortly before this time that Louis Coutard created Louis Dressing, still one of the mainstays of San Francisco cuisine. These restaurateurs banded together for many years, meeting the challenges posed by immigration, financial panics, earthquakes and fires. However, in February 1920, they encountered a seemingly insurmountable obstacle—Prohibition...Unable to sustain operations without the sale of wine and other alcoholic beverages, many of the country’s best restaurants would soon be going out of business. On April 15, 1922, Bergez-Frank’s Old Poodle Dog finally shuttered its doors, closing after having been an integral part of the city's social life since 1849." Offset from white paper stuck to extremities of front and rear wrappers; faint dampstain to upper interior pages, warping them ever so slightly, thus good. $75.

Douglas, Elizabeth. The Cake and Biscuit Book.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. London: Grant Richards, 1903.

 

Late Victorian-era dessert recipes include lemon layer cake, puff-ball doughnuts, shortbread, walnut cake, and perhaps the best dessert name of all time: pitcaithley bannock. Mild soiling to covers, else very good and bright. $200.

(Mushrooms) Hahn, Gotthold. Der Pilz-sammler oder Anleitung zur Kenntnis der wichtigsten Pilze Deutschlands und der angrenzender Lander.

Illus. with 30 bright chromolithograph double-page plates of 172 different kinds of mushrooms, both German and from neighboring countries. Pictorial cloth. Gera: Herm. Kanitz' Verlag, 1890.

 

Gorgeously illustrated with bright chromolithographs depicting the mushrooms from the area; tissue guards between each plate have kept them foxing-free. 1/2" tape repair to closed tear at lower title page, else near fine. $300.

(Mushrooms) Jaccottet, J. Die Pilze in der Natur. Foreword by Emil Nuesch.

Illus. with 76 color plates by Paul Robert. Green cloth, pictorial cover label. First Edition. Bern: Francke A.-G. Verlag, 1930.

 

Mushrooms in nature, particularly in Switzerland and Germany, with gorgeous color illustrations by Paul Robert and descriptions both scientific and personal. Sunning to spine, else very good. $95.

Douglas, Elizabeth. The Soup and Sauce Book.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. London: Grant Richards, c.1900.

A gorgeous little book with cover depicting a chef standing over his steaming soup pot, while a black cat rubs against his leg. This was one of a trio of books by Douglas (the other two being "The Cake and Biscuit Book" and "The Pastry and Sweet Book"). Owner's name subtly to upper title page, else very good and bright. $200. SOLD


Whelpton, Eric. Eric Whelpton's Gastronomic Guide to Unknown France.

Illus. by Barbara Crocker. Jacket. First Edition. London: Johnson, 1966.

A gastonomic journey through France and Switzerland, with stops along the way at famous sites and restaurants, as well as route advice and space for notes to be written. Chipping to jacket spine head & upper corners, else very good. $65. SOLD


E.A. Les Halles. [Paris: c.1890] A collection of 12 illustrated menu cards (all blank) depicting scenes from Paris' famous bygone food and flower market, Les Halles

 

The subject of each menu card is a different stall or worker: an oysterman, a vegetable seller, a pork butcher, a cheese seller, a soup vendor, rabbits, fish, flowers, etc. The lettering of each "MENU" is spelled out in whatever item is being sold: sausages, flower boughs, etc. In original pictorial envelope depicting poultry being hefted through the market while a dog steals a duck carcass on the recto, and an outdoor apple seller on the verso. Near fine and extremely rare. $950. SOLD


Dumont-Lespine, G. Nos Recettes au Four Electrique

Illus. with sumptuous silhouettes of French chefs and cooks doing what they do best, especially where electric ovens are concerned. Large format, cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. Paris: Phogor, c.1930's.

A book of recipes and instructions for new-on-the-scene electric ovens, with simple and beautiful illustrations in silhouette of cooking from the earliest times to the present. Faint spot & soiling to covers, rubbing to extremities, else very good. $95. SOLD


Heath, Ambrose. Good Drinks. Decorations & jacket design by Edward Bawden

Jacket. London: Faber & Faber, 1950.

First published in 1939, this is a beautifully designed book from one of England's foremost illustrators, Edward Bawden (1903-89) in collaboration with wartime food writer Ambrose Heath. This is perhaps the scarcest of his numerous books, and the only one on drinks, both alcoholic and non. He covers the gamut, from pfirsichbowle (peach punch with wine), homemade bramble tip wine, "Bunny Hug Cocktail" (gin, whiskey & absinthe), to softer drinks like mintfruit punch, pussyfoot cup, milk shake, etc. Owner's name to front free endpaper, jacket price-clipped, else near fine and bright. $250. SOLD


Cheng, S.K. Shanghai Restaurant Chinese Cookery Book

Orange cloth printed in black. First Edition. London: Shanghai Restaurant, 1936.

The owners of the restaurant also apparently owned the next-door Chinese food shop, Shanghai Emporium, where one could presumably buy the ingredients they would need for making the recipes herein: shark's fins, salted black bean paste, bean curd, dried flat fish, water chestnuts, etc. Both businesses were located on Greek St. in Soho. General hints on Chinese cooking are offered, as are sample menus for banquets of 8; recipes tend to be authentic and quite complex. Light soiling and spots to cloth, expertly rebacked, else very good. A scarce early Chinese cookbook. $350. SOLD


Abuki, Isao. The Special Foods of Tokyo

Illus. from photographs and drawings of tempura preparations, and with several ads in rear for tempura restaurants in Tokyo. String-bound rice paper wrappers, paper cover label. First Edition. [Tokyo: 1955].

Inscribed 7 SIGNED by the author at the end of his foreword. Yabuki was the owner of Ten-Ichi Temura in Tokyo, and while he discusses various Japanese foods in the book, his main focus is on the art and craft of tempura. As far as I know, this is the first book ever written solely on this subject. A fascinating read in an elegant binding. $120. SOLD


Sanders, T.W. Kitchen Garden and Allotment

Illus. with drawings. Jacket. Enlarged Edition. London: W.H. & L. Collingridge, c.1930's.

First issued as a small handbook in WWI, the author expanded and revised the present book numerous times during and after the Great War. He died before he got to see its usefulness in the Second World War, but there's no doubt it could be found on shelves throughout England during that war as well. Very good. $75.


Bradley, E.G. A Household Book for Tropical Colonies

Jacket. Second Edition. London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1950.

Originally titled "A Household Book for Africa," this edition was expanded to include other colonies, particularly in tropical locales like Rangoon, Cairo, and Karachi. Advice is dispensed on dealing with servants and cooks (bath towels should be "large strong ones to resist the zeal of African wash boys"), bush travelling and packing, storage of items, bush ovens, supplies and morning orders for the market (differentiated from "The Bachelor's weekly order from the butcher"), etc. In addition to food and drink recipes (gin seemed to be the cocktail mixer of choice), a chapter of indigenous foods includes all varieties of African corn and cereals, groundnuts and squash, and palm oil. Fine condition - a truly fascinating read. $150. SOLD


Huxley, Gervas. Talking of Tea.

Illus. by Acanthus. Jacket. First Edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 1956.

A lovely history of tea and description of its uses by one of the famed Huxley family. The illustrations are absolutely charming. Fine. $75. SOLD


[Rundell, Maria Eliza Ketelby]. A New System of Domestic Cookery; formed upon Principles of Economy and adapted to the use of Private Families.

liv, 456 pp. Illus. with 9 copper-engraved plates of carving instructions, & frontis. depicting a woman in her larder. Modern half cloth, earlier green boards, paper spine label. Revised Edition, Corrected. London: John Murray, 1827.

While living in Swansea in 1806, Mrs. Rundell collected numerous culinary recipes, as well as hints for household management, for the use of her married daughters. She decided to send the manuscript to the publisher, John Murray (1778–1843), who happened to be an old family friend. Murray suggested the title ‘Domestic Cookery,’ had the work carefully revised by competent editors, among whom was Dr. Charles Taylor, of the Society of Arts, and added engravings. It was published as ‘A New System of Domestic Cookery’ in 1808, and had an immense success. Five to ten thousand copies were printed yearly. Mrs. Rundell died, aged 83, at Lausanne, on 16 Dec. 1828. Very good. $350.


Gorham, Maurice. Back to the Local.

Illus. with drawings by Edward Ardizzone. Jacket. First Edition. London: Percival Marshall, 1949.

A nostalgic and charming depiction of London's favorite pubs before and during WWII. Jacket spine head chipped with piece lacking, else very good. A wonderful book. $120.


Ukers, William H. The Romance of Coffee: An Outline of Coffee and Coffee-Drinking Through a Thousand Years.

Illus. from photographs. Gilt-lettered brown cloth. First Edition. NY: Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, 1948.

Ukers penned three major books on coffee, which are still considered to be the gold standard in understanding the subject. This tome covers just about every aspect of coffee, particularly the history of the trade. Illustrations depict harvesting and marketing of coffee. Fine. $200.


W.M. The Queens Closet Opened. Incomparable Secrets in Physick, Chyrurgery, Preserving and Candying &c. which were presented to the Queen: by the most experienc'd persons of the times, many whereof were had in Esteem, when She pleased to descend to private Recreations

Part I. [10], 190, + [8] index pp. Disbound but complete. Corrected & Revised Edition. London: Nathaniel Brooke for Thomas Guy, 1674.

Very little is known about the author of The Queen's Closet Opened. The book was originally divided into three different sections: 'The Pearl of Practice' which covers medical remedies; 'A Queen's Delight' which focuses on confectionery; and 'The Compleat Cook' which is a compilation of general culinary recipes. Here we have just the first part, however many remedies use foods of the time to cure ills. Some of the remedies include "An restorative broth," "To keep small pox out of the eyes," "To make an oyl of eggs," "To make saffron water," "To procure sleep," etc. The first edition appeared in 1655, during the reign of Oliver Cromwell. Eight new cookery books appeared in this period, and The Queen's Closet achieved great success, with ten new and revised editions published before the end of the century. According to the British Library, "Despite the relative stability of the commonwealth, there was an increasing fascination for the customs of the old aristocracy. Books such as these appeared to be opening magical doors on to the glittering secrets of the wealthy." At the time, preserves and remedies contained expensive ingredients which only the wealthy could afford, so books like 'The Queen's Closet' claimed to be able to reveal the secrets hidden in the cabinets of the aristocracy. Following the fall of the monarchy with Cromwell's rise, many distinguished chefs lost their jobs. Historians have suggested that this may be the reason for the sudden wave of new cookery books at this time, as these professionals would have been searching for new ways to make money; these circumstances would also have enabled them to give away their trade secrets. First 20 pages with lower 1" of corners lacking (affecting text), disbound, however otherwise good and very scarce in any condition. $400.


De Pomiane, Edouard. Cooking in Ten Minutes or The Adaptation to the Rhythm of our Time

Illus. with 19 woodcuts by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Jacket. First Edition in English. Oxford & Los Angeles: Bruno Cassirer & Pazifische Press, 1948.

Jacket good only with front flap detached (but present), foxing to jacket & chipping to extremities; cloth is in very good condition. Scarce, with wonderful drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec of farm and game animals. $150. SOLD


Beal, W.J. Seed Dispersal.

Illus. with drawings. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1898.

A charming yet scientific book that covers all the way seeds are dispersed: on wind, water, by animals, by roots, and by shooting their own seeds. Seed saving has become of great interest to chefs and farmers in the last several years as our collective desire to renew heritage plants and animals has grown. $95. SOLD


(Baking) Gribbin, H. Suitable Goods for Hot Plates. Recipes for Muffins, Pikelets, Crumpets, Scones, &c., &c.

Illus. with images of ovens, hot-plates, etc. Cloth. First Edition. London: Maclaren, c.1910.

Part of Maclaren's "British Baker" series, with recipes and instructions for professional bakers of the Victorian age, with ads for professional equipment (in this case, industrial-sized hot plates), and with a wonderful ad on rear cover for Tiger Brand Yeast. Very good. $95.


Isola, Anotonia. Simple Italian Cookery.

Cloth. First Edition. NY: Harper, 1912.

Antonia Isola (born May 16, 1876 in New York), is the pseudonym of Mabel Earl McGinnis. She wrote Simple Italian Cookery, published by Harper and Brothers, February, 1912. It was the first Italian cookbook to be published in the US. She had lived in Rome for some years, and was well-versed in Italian cooking but the publishers chose the pseudonym to impart "authenticity" to the work. As if ravioli with brains weren't authentic enough. Browning to spine, chipping to spine head, else very good. $300. SOLD


Gay, Charles. Gastronomie Tourangelle: Recueil des Meilleures Recettes des Grands Chefs de Cuisine de Touraine. Preface by M. Louis Pasquier.

Illus. with plates from drawings by Gay. Pochoir wrappers. First Trade Edition. Tours: Arrault, 1937.

Recipes and stories from Tours, with a lexicon of local foods. Closed tear to lower front wrapper, else very good; charming illustrations of eels, local fish, rabbits, goats, et al. $120.


Colwin, Laurie. Home Cooking

Illus. by Anna Shapiro. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Knopf, 1988.

Colwin's classic food memoir with recipes became a beloved homage to the nostalgia food can evoke. The author tragically died at the age of 48 from a heart attack. Fine. $75.


Thursday Thimble Club. Summer Recipes 1919

[20] pp. Pictorial wrappers. Printed in green & red. N.p.: Thursday Thimble Club, 1919.

There were numerous "Thursday Thimble Clubs" around the country in the early to mid-20th Century; they focused on needlework and cooking. Recipes herein reflect popular salads and sandwiches of the day: tomato jelly with grapes, cucumber jelly with cream mayonnaise, marbled tongue, chicken bechamel in potato cases, piquant cheese sandwiches, etc. There are actually several lobster recipes in here as well, leading me to believe this could be from a club in New England. Very good. $45.


Baker's Pure Fruit Flavoring Extracts: Receipts for Cakes, Creams, Custards, Candies, etc.

24 pp. Illus. with drawings. Pictorial chromolithograph wrappers (different image on rear wrapper). Springfield et al.: Baker Extract Co., c.1900.

Chapter at rear discusses the vanilla bean's growth. A charming little book, with recipes for snowball cake, sea foam cake, fairy cake, caramel ice cream, Philadelphia vanilla ice cream, peppermint drops, buttersctoch candy, etc. Fine. $45. SOLD


The Two Bees Flavorine Bake Book.

32 pp. Wrappers. Fargo, ND: Two Bees Mfg., 1911.

A price list of priducts at the front of this booklet gives a window into what Two Bees was all about: they made artificial maple syrup as well as a variety of extracts, including maple, vanilla, pineapple, orange, lemon, bitter almond, etc. Fine. $18.


Price, Vincent C. Dr. Price's Excellent Recipes for Delicious Desserts

56 pp. Illus. with drawings of lemon picking in Sicily and vanilla gathering in Mexico. Dec. light yellow wrappers, string tie to upper spine. NY & Chicago: Price Flavoring Extract Co., c.1890.

Dr. Price (grandfather of the actor, Vincent Price) invented baking powder in the mid-19th century. Though the exact date for his invention is debated, one agreement is that his mother's renowned biscuits were the impetus for his invention. According to Bottlebooks.com, Dr. Price’s Delicious Flavoring Extract was a product of the partnership of V. Clarence Price and Charles R. Steele. They “were in business together from 1874 until 1883. When Steele left to go into real estate in 1887, the company was called the Price Flavoring Extract Co. They were located on Water St. in Chicago. They sold a variety of flavors.” By the age of 50, Dr. Price was a multi-millionaire. Minor rubbing and fading along spine, else very good. $60. SOLD


Eastman, W. Fillmore. How to Make a Pure Food Cake, To Make a Loaf of Bread, to Make a Pie

119 pp. Illus. incl. ads. Pictorial wrappers. Revised & Enlarged Edition. [Chicago]: 1909.

Marketed as a reference book of the "National Pure Food Health Club" by its president, W. Fillmore Eastman, this book is filled with baking recipes for doughnuts, sponge cakes, marsh mallow icing, and all manner of not healthy goods. Eastman was one of the leaders of America's food reform movement, which included Graham and Kellogg in the late 19th century. Near fine. $60.


(Rumford Chemical Works) The Rumford Cook Book, containing practical recipes for making superior Bread, Biscuit, Cakes, Pastry, &c.

32 pp. • The Horsford Cook-Book, containing practical recipes for making superior Bread, Biscuit, Cakes, Pastry, &c. 32 pp. Together, 2 booklets. Chromolithograph wrappers, both illustrated on rear wrapper. Providence, RI: c.1880's.

According to the American Chemical Society, the groundbreaking baking powder devised by Eben Horsford (1818-1893) first carried his name, only later becoming Rumford Baking Powder. As such it was marketed for decades and contained the same three ingredients—calcium acid phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, and corn starch—in the same proportions as in Horsford's day. The only significant change came in the source of the calcium acid phosphate; in the late 1880s, the introduction of calcium phosphate mining eliminated the need for beef bones. Fine condition. $35. SOLD

(Cape Cod) Braley, Lucy. Ten Tested Recipes for Home Made Candy

8 pp. Pictorial wrappers. S. Middleboro, MA: Lucy Braley's Candy Kitchen, c.1920's.

Photo on front wrapper depicts the candy kitchen with an old car parked out front. According to a laid-in note, Braley made all her own candy and even went door to door selling it. The building is still there, but is now a diner. Recipes include chocolate walnut fudge, peanut brittle, molasses kisses, chocolate lollypops [sic], and a lengthy recipe for "Delicious Crisp Salted Peanuts," which I want to make right now. Faded, else near fine. $30.


Cakes, Candies and Conceits

16 pp. Pictorial tan wrappers. Cincinnati: Powell & White, 1921.

While no author claimed responsibility for writing this, it appears to have been part of a series from the publisher called "The Blue Cup Series of Handbooks." The chapter on "Conceits" describes color schemes for seasonal parties, and recipes reflect the favorite desserts to serve at parties: jumbles, cup cake, macaroons, ginger snaps, Lady Baltimore cake, etc. Fine. $35.


[Kettilby, Mary]. A COLLECTION OF ABOVE THREE HUNDRED RECEIPTS IN COOKERY, PHYSICK AND SURGERY; FOR THE USE OF ALL GOOD WIVES, TENDER MOTHERS, AND CAREFUL NURSES. BY SEVERAL HANDS. TO WHICH IS ADDED A SECOND PART, CONTAINING A GREAT NUMBER OF EXCELLENT RECEIPTS FOR PRESERVING AND CONSERVING OF SWEET-MEATS, &C.

2 parts: Part I: [14], 183 + [7] index pp. Part II: 82 + [4] index pp., [2] ad pp. Period paneled calf, slightly later calf spine, morocco spine label. London: Mary Kettilby, 1724.

Mrs. Kettilby's home remedies and recipes for 18th c. household favorites like lobster pyes, stewed oysters, thick ginger-bread, a carraway-cake without yeast, a marmalade of ripe apricocks, etc. Notably, the first edition has the first printed recipe for "modern" orange marmalade, a British and Scottish classic. Mary Kettilby indicated her intended audience with the book's full title, A Collection of above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery; For the Use of all Good Wives, Tender Mothers, and Careful Nurses. It was thus aimed squarely at women. The book was actually a collective effort: the preface states that "a Number of very Curious and Delicate House-wives Clubb'd to furnish out this Collection". The recipes are given either as goals, as "To make Hogs-Puddings", or as titles, sometimes with descriptions, as "A very good Tansy". Quantities are given in whichever units are convenient, as "a Gallon of grated Bread", "three Pounds of Currants", or "nine Eggs". Often, quantities rely on the cook's judgement, as "as much Sugar as will make it very sweet". Temperatures and timings are given when necessary, as "a cool Oven: Half an Hour bakes it." Bear fine., Bitting p. 258; Oxford p. 54; Cagle 789. $600.


Lemery, M.L[ouis]. A Treatise of All Sorts of Foods, Both Animal and Vegetable; also of Drinkables: Giving an Account how to chuse the best Sort of all Kinds

xii, 372, [24] index pp. Trans. from the French by D. Hay. Period calf, morocco spine label. First Edition in English. London: T. Osborne, 1745.

Lemery was a French botanist and chemist, and this is his wonderful treatise on every kind of food and drink, with remarks on their usage and how to choose the best. From melons and dates to brandy and tea, sorrel, millet, pineapples, beets, olives and artichokes, veal, goat, roe-buck, milk, and every other foodstuff and drink one can think of. Very good. Bitting p.281; Cagle 822; Maclean p.89; Simon BG 948; Vicaire 514. $950.


Montagne, Prosper. Le Tresor de la Cuisine du Bassin Mediterraneen par 70 Medecins de France.

Illus. by V. Le Campion. Original printed wrappers bound in dec. orange cloth. Chartres: Editions de la Tournelle, c.1950.

Gorgeous woodcut illustrations of Mediterranean chefs, cooks, and food are illuminated by recipes provided by doctors championing the Mediterranean diet, edited by Montagne. Fine. $250.


Craig, Elizabeth. Wine in the Kitchen.

Jacket. First Edition. London: Constable, 1934.

Price clipped, old tape to verso of jacket along spine (not visible to front of jacket), else very good. Who doesn't love a little wine in the kitchen? Recipes using wine include oxtail soup, braised goose, hare with red wine, clear turtle soup (using Sherry or Madiera), rum jelly, Sicilian strawberries, apricot jam, etc. $60.

Craig, Elizabeth. Family Cookery.

Illus. incl. photographic color plates. Jacket. First Edition. London: Collins, 1935.

An 887 page behemoth, with hundreds of recipes for pre-WWII English fare like tinned peas, kidney soup, seakale, salsify, prawns in aspic, mulligatawny soup, etc. There's also a decent section on Jewish cookery, as well as different chapters of food from the colonies (India, New Zealand, Canada, West Indies, South Africa, Australia), menus for high tea, etc. Very good and bright. $75.

Craig, Elizabeth. Entertaining with Elizabeth Craig

312pp. Illus. with 24 pochoir (color stencil) plates by Herry-Perry. Jacket. First Edition. London: Collins, 1933.

Lush illustrations in pink and yellow of cocktail parties, larders and pantries, shopping, soups, prize beef, and much more. Just a gorgeous book. Chipping to jacket spine head, closed tear to front jacket panel, soiling to jacket, else very good. $120.

Craig, Elizabeth. Simple Cooking.

Jacket. First Edition. London: Literary Press, 1934.

Economical recipes for low-income households: boiled bacon, cheap cabbage soup, meat hash, Oxford hot-pot, "How to Make the Most of Old Fowls," etc. Some soiling to jacket, else very good. $60.

Craig, Elizabeth. Standard Recipes.

Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. London: Collins, c.1930's.

Standard recipes for English households. Elizabeth Josephine Craig (1883 – 1980) was a Scottish journalist, home economist and one of the most notable British writers on cookery of the twentieth century, whose career lasted some sixty years. She began publishing cookery books after the end of World War I and proceeded through World War II and into the 1980s. She began writing in times when food was scarce and rationing was heavily relied upon, and her career ended when the majority of households had a refrigerator and an opportunity to access a much wider variety of foods. A few closed tears to jacket extremities, else very good. $50.

Craig, Elizabeth. The Scottish Cookery Book

Jacket. First Edition. London: Andre Deutsch, 1956.

Craig finally has a chance to write about cooking from her homeland in the 375-page tome. Partridge paste, mashed curly greens, inky-pinky, deer sausages, yarrow fruit cake, etc. Chipping to jacket extremities, else very good and bright. $60.

Seaside Oyster Dishes.

16 pp. Illus. with drawings. Pictorial wrappers. S. Norwalk, CT: Sealshipt, c.1900.

Issued by Sealshipt Oyster System, which placed oysters in air-tight, germ-proof containers, out of the shell (the company explains that, "The shell has no more to do with the taste of an oyster than feathers have to do with the taste of a chicken"). Recipes include Maryland Stew, Philadelphia Fry, oyster pot pie, oyster fritters, etc. Very good. $25. SOLD

 

Metropolitan Life Insurance. "A Friend in Need is a Friend in Deed": Health Hints for the Home.

91 pp. Illus. with image of Met Life building. Flexible dec. cloth. NY: Metropolitan Life Insurance, 1903.

Filled with health hints for Americans at the turn-of-the-last-century, including advice on alcoholic spirits, tight clothing, poisoning by mushrooms, hemlock or foxglove (among other things), round shoulders, bruises and burns, scarlet fever, sick children, etc. Very good. $45.

Kephart, Horace. Camp Cookery.

Pictorial cloth. Second Edition. NY: Outing Publishing, 1910.

Near fine, with outdoors recipes for porcupine, fried squirrel, muskrat, possum, deer brains, broiled eel, etc. Also with chapters on fire-building, utensils for camp cookery, etc. $60.

Hildebrand, Louise & Joel. Camp Catering or How to Rustle Grub for Hikers, Campers, Mountaineers, Packers, Canoers, Hunters, and Fishermen.

Illus. with drawings by Milton Hildebrand. Jacket. First Edition. Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, 1938.

Chapters on cooking equipment, beverage, natural foods, and game: venison, rabbits, quail, doves, trout, partridge, duck, etc. Near fine in slightly faded but very good jacket. $60.

Harris, Ethel. Wholesome Cooking: A Practical Book for a Practical Cook.

Red cloth, pictorial cover label. First Edition. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1914.

200 recipes, including fried smelts, creamed crabs, cheap lemon pie, rabbit stew, stuffed roast goose, buttered beets, and other simple yet delicious fare. Fine. $45.

Hills Bros. The Date Book.

16 pp. Illus. from photographs. Pictorial wrappers. NY: Hills Bros., 1928

Stuffed dates, school lunches, sandwiches, breads, muffins, salads, etc. - there's a recipe here for any date from the Dromedary brand. Very good. $30. SOLD

Southern Style Coconut Recipes for Desserts, Frostings, Small Cakes, and Pastries.

15 pp. Illus. from drawings of Caribbean life. Pictorial wrappers. N.p.: General Foods, 1937.

Coconut tumble, coconut snowball sundae, Valencia coconut frosting (among several others), ambassador strawberry tarts, and of course, coconut cream pie. Very good. $25.

Descriptive Price List of Albany Ice Cream Company

12 pp. Dec. red & white wrappers. Albany: c.1900.

The Albany Ice Cream Company manufactured ice creams, ices, and sherbets for resale and wholesale. Very good. $15.

College Inn Salads and Some Other Recipes

16 pp. Illus. in red & green with Spanish-style illustrations. Pictorial wrappers. N.p.: Marden, Orth & Hastings, 1916.

Recipes contributed by the chef of the College Inn at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, using Marden's Spanish Olive Oil. Pasaxline salad, cendrillon salad, monarch salad, anchovy vinaigrette, Andalusian mayonnaise, etc. Near fine. $40.

Brillat-Savarin. Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante.

viii, 493 + [3] ad pp. Title page engraving. Period calf-backed marbled boards; marbled endpapers. Paris: Charpentier, 1838.

Brillat-Savarin was already an old man when he published (in 1825), at his own expense for an audience of friends, the one book for which he would be remembered. During his lifetime, he had been neither a man of letters nor a cook, as is often thought, but a provincial lawyer who rose to become a judge of the appeals court in Paris. He died at seventy a few months after the publication of his masterpiece. This 1838 edition is quite early, and the first edition to be published in one volume instead of two. Rear hinge cracked, marbled paper lacking from about half of front board; marginal dampstaining to pages throughout, thus good only, but scarce. $250.

(Anon). How to Cook: The Housekeeper's Friend. Containing valuable recipes for cooking all kinds of meats, fish, oysters and game. Also full directions how to make bread, cake, pies, puddings, and almost every dish that is used in family cooking.

82 pp. Pictorial wrappers. NY: Frank Tousey, 1902.

Truly American fare, by "an old and experienced cook in one of our leading restaurants," with recipes that include hominy muffins, New England pancakes, fig cake, gooseberry tart, pickled peaches, Indian johnny cake, pickled red cabbage, stewed duck with green peas, bologna sausage, prairie chickens, etc. Near fine and bright; scarce. $120.

Sherraton, Denzil. Everybody's Guide to Poultry-Keeping.

Illus. with drawings. Dec. blue cloth. First Edition. London: Madgwick, Houlston & Co., c.1896.

A pocket-guide to all poultry knowledge, from building coops and enclosures to raising chicks, mock-ups of expenditure reports, chicken health, and of course, descriptions of all the breeds. Near fine. $65.

Beebe, Lucius. Snoot If You Must.

Illus. by Rea Irvin. Jacket. First Edition. NY: D. Appleton, 1943.

Beebe was a noted gourmand. He had his own column "Along the Boulevard," in Gourmet, and wrote extensively for Holiday and Playboy about restaurants and dining experiences around the world. Some of the restaurants he covered include The Colony, The Stork Club, The Pump Room, the 21 Club, Simpson's-in-the-Strand, and Chasen's. A noted wine aficionado, he was a member of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Beebe's send-up of New York society, including its favorite restaurants, bars and clubs, are spared no mercy here. Near fine; scarce. $150. SOLD

Riello, Mary Carmen. Italian Cook Book.

62 + [2] memorandum pp. Red wrappers. Second Edition. New Haven, CT: Mary Carmen Riello, 1948.

An early Italian-American cookbook, with recipes for baked rabbit, Italian sausage, panzerotte, stuffed eggplant, clam sauce and spaghettini, and a zillion other pasta recipes. Very good. $60.

Packman, Ana Begue. Leather Dollars: Short Stories of Pueblo Los Angeles. Foreword by Henry Carr.

Illus. incl. photo. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Los Angeles: Ana Packman, 1932.

Warmly inscribed & Signed by Packman to Dr. Robert Gordon Sproul on front pastedown, with a bit about her history as a native Californian. Sproul was the eleventh President of the University of California serving from 1930 to 1958. Chapters on the food of Hispano-California and Mexican ice cream (with photo of vendor) in Los Angeles, along with other stories of L.A.'s history. Minor cracking to front hinge, else near fine. $100.

Boni, Ada. Il Talismano della Felicita.

382 pp. Stiff pictorial wrappers. First Edition Thus. Roma: Carlo Colombo, 1951.

Ada Boni was one of Italy's most important food writers. In 1915, she founded a lady’s home economic’s magazine called Preziosa. Each monthly instalment featured recipes that she had collected from all over Italy, albeit with a strong emphasis on her native Lazio and central Italy more generally. In 1929, she published a compendium of over 2000 recipes from her columns–a truly encyclopedic volume that has had an enormous influence over modern Italian cuisine. This edition is 968 pp., in Italian, and was then translated for the American market. Soiling to covers, paper starting to come away from upper hinge just a bit, else very good. $200.

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Illenberger, Theodora & Avonne Eyre Keller, eds. The Cartoonist Cookbook: A Gathering by the Newspaper Comics Council. Intro. by James Beard. Foreword by Stephen Becker. Illus. throughout with food and cooking cartoons by numerous contributors. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Hobbs, Dorman & Co., 1966.

 

Photos and bios of famous cartoonists of the day, accompanied by their favorite menus and recipes. Contributors include Charles Schulz, Dik Browne, Roy Crane, Don Sherwood, Jack Tippit, Bill Yates, Mort Walker, and many others. Chipping to jacket spine head and a bit of fading to jacket spine, else very good and bright, and a whole lot of fun. $60.

Constantin, Fru. Nem Mad Kogebog for de Englije og for Smaa Hjem. Foreword by Ingeborg Vollquartz.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Copenhagen: E. Jespersens, 1925.

Translated title means, "Easy Cook Book for the English and Small Home." Recipes for ollebrod, skipperkaal, stuvede kartofler, and much more. Foxing & darkening to boards; mild browning to pages, else good. $50.

Hewitt, Jean. The New York Times Cocktail Party Guide/Dinner Party Guide/Guide to Better Brunches. 3 vols.

Illus. by Corrigan. Pictorial wrappers. First Editions. NY: New York Times, 1970-71.

Recipes for cocktail and dinner party fare (as well as brunch), and tips on conversation (hint: talk about the New York Times!). Very good condition, with great period illustrations, particularly of unhappy-looking 1970's couples on the front covers. Good thing divorce was becoming acceptable! $65.

Petersham, Maud & Miska. The Story Book of Corn.

Illus. in color throughout. Green boards, pictorial cover label. First Edition. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1936.

Maud Fuller Petersham (1890-1971) and Miska Petersham (1888-1960) were American writers and illustrators who helped set the direction for illustrated children's books as known today. The Petershams worked closely with such pioneering children's book editors as Louise Seaman Bechtel and May Massee, and with such innovative printers as Charles Stringer and William Glaser. They worked as a seamless partnership for more than five decades. Both prolific and versatile, they produced illustrations for more than 120 trade and textbooks, anthologies, and picture books. Of the 50 books they both wrote and illustrated, many were recognized with important awards or critical acclaim. They are known for technical excellence, exuberant color, and the introduction of international folk and modernist themes. Rubbing to spine ends, else about very good. $45.

Guilford, W.S. California Hog Book: A Compilation of Information about Hogs Applied to California Conditions.

Illus. from photographs & with blueprints of hog enclosures. Tan cloth lettered in green. First Edition. San Francisco: Pacific Rural Press, 1915.

Information on all levels of hog raising, particularly in California, with descriptions of breeds, enclosures, diseases, slaughtering, and much more. Fine. $75. SOLD

Miloradovich, Milo. The Art of Fish Cookery

Jacket. First Edition. Garden City: Doubleday, 1949.

Hundreds of recipes for everything from the sea: eel tartare Villeneuve, grunt or pigfish sauteed in butter, oven-fried Pacific shark, rockfish printemps...Miloradovich attempts to cover the gamut, in alphabetical order. Jacket spine ends chipped & spine darkened, else very good. $45.

Ames, Mark & Roberta. Barbecues!

Illus. with line drawings. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Hearthside, 1954

250 recipes for 100 outdoor meals, including Gulfland chicken, sweet and hot burgers, grilled frankfurter and bacon, roasted clams, tropical ham, barbecued pork tenderloin, paprika fried chicken, and other American classics. A bit of rubbing to extremities, else very good and bright. $45

Loubet, Bruno. Cuisine Courante.

Illus. with color photographs of Nouvelle Cuisine. Pictorial wrappers. First Paperback Edition in English. London: Papermac, 1993

Born in Bordeaux in South west France in 1961, Bruno Loubet first came to the UK in 1982, fresh from national service, to work for Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire as a Commis Chef. Having been awarded the 1985 Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year, he joined Raymond Blanc in Oxford as Head Chef at the two Michelin-starred Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. He returned to London as Head Chef at the Four Seasons, Inn on the Park, where he earned a Michelin star within the year. He went on to open several more restaurants in London and Australia. This work shows some of his early inspirations. Near fine. $35

(Jewish - Washington) Aronson, Mrs. Sigmund & Mrs. William Gottstein, eds. One Thousand Favorite Recipes. Seattle ads throughout.

White cloth lettered in black. Revised Edition. Seattle: Ladies’ Auxiliary, Temple de Hirsch, 1925.

Pickled herring, pickled carp, liver kloese for soup, potato einlauf for soup, brisket of beef with bay leaves, and other Jewish fare. Soiling to covers, fraying to spine head; foxing, else good. $60.

Venesz, Jozsef. Hungarian Cuisine

376 pp. Illus. with color photos. Jacket. Second Edition in English. Budapest: Corvina Press, 1963.

A thick and heavy tome, filled with classic Hungarian recipes like jellied egg a la Munkacsy, Transylvania mixed grill on a wooden platter, Szekely pig's trotters in sour cabbage, Ormania stuffed belly of pork, sacher cake, etc. Near fine. $60. SOLD

(New Jersey) Women's Auxiliary to the Cooper Hospitality. Garden Fare: Regional Cookbook for Southern New Jersey.

255 pp. Illus. incl. map at front. Spiral-bound pictorial wrappers. Fifth Edition. Camden, NJ: 1975.

Delicious fare inspired the excellent products of Southern New Jersey, including stuffed baby lobster tails, clam pie, crab souffle, Creole corn, stuffed tomatoes, Collingswood carrots, country cooked succotash, and some specialties like Grandma Lehmann's liver dumplings. Very good. $45.

(Vegetarian) Anon. The Unity Inn Vegetarian Cook Book: A Collection of Practical Suggestions and Receipts for the Preparation of Non-Flesh Foods in Palatable and Attractive Ways.

Illus. from photographs of Kansas City's Unity Vegetarian Inn. Gilt-stamped blue cloth. First Edition. Kansas City: Unity School of Christianity, 1924.

In the summer of 1906, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore opened Kansas City's first all-vegetarian restaurant, the Unity Inn, on the first floor of an old frame house at 913 Tracy. The restaurant opened with meatless cuisine and good intentions. During the opening weeks of the original Unity Inn, patrons could pay as little or as much for their meals as they wished. Unfortunately, this part of their concept failed, as too many customers weren't "freely giving" for those meals of nut-loaf, home-baked breads and fresh vegetables. The staff at the Unity Inn started charging set prices for modest but nourishing meals like French peas with carrots, rice balls, lima beans and rolls. More than 140 people dined in the restaurant the day it opened, and the Unity Inn became so successful, it quickly outgrew the frame house, and by 1920, the Fillmores opened a new, two-story cafeteria at the corner of Ninth and Tracy. Before World War II, the Unity Inn was one of the largest vegetarian venues in the United States, sometimes serving as many as 10,000 meals a week. A bit dusty, else very good. $75.

(Ice Cream) Frandsen, J.H. & E.A. Markham. The Manufacture of Ice Creams and Ices.

Illus. from numerous photographs. Dark purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1915.

From the preface, the authors conclude, "In the light of present day information...it is hoped this book will be found of value in the class room as well as to the practical ice cream maker." Refrigeration in the 20th century meant an enormous change in the way ice cream was made and manufactured, particularly on a large scale. Ice cream factories opened across the United States, and it quickly became a large and valuable enterprise. This book provides an important and deep look into ice cream making practices in the early years of industrial manufacturing. Mild rubbing to cloth, else very good. $75.

(Vegetarian) Starker, Elise. Hygieinisches Kochbuch zum Gebrauch für Ehemalige Cürgaste von Dr. Lahmann's Sanatorium auf Weisser Hirsch bei Dresden.

186 pp. Ills. with ads for Dresden businesses and health and food products, in beautiful Art Nouveau fonts with vignettes. Red cloth lettered in black. Dresden: Selbstverlag der Verfasserin, 1903.

Johann Heinrich Lahmann (30 March 1860 – 1 June 1905) was a German physician who was a pioneer of naturopathic medicine. In 1888, he opened a sanatorium called the "Physiatric Sanatorium" at Weißer Hirsch, outside of Dresden. This institution would eventually become well-known internationally. He eventually turned away from traditional medicine, and was disdainful of drugs and unnatural medications. Lahmann stressed the importance of diet, exercise and fresh air, and was an ardent practitioner of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Lahmann recommended a vegetarian diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grain bread and dairy products, and believed in limiting one's intake of table salt and liquor. He developed five separate diets for his patients, which included food for diabetics, food for the overweight, as well as a strictly vegetarian diet. In his 1891 book, Diätetische Blutentmischung als Grundursache der Krankheiten, he argued that diseases were ultimately caused by a poor diet, and therefore a proper diet was needed to prevent illness. He was also one of the first physicians to recognize the importance of minerals in an individuals' diet, feeling that many foods were mineral deficient. Seasonal menus and recipes for healthful eating from Dr. Lahmann's sanatorium, including kartoffel-schnitten, panadesuppe, mangoldstiele als Gemüse, sagopudding, etc. Very good. $125.

Southworth, May. 101 Mexican Dishes

Oblong pictorial wrappers. Printed in orange & black. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1906.

An important relic of old California Mexican cooking, with uncommon recipes for cangrejuelos, pulchero grueso, albondiguillas, etc. Chipping to extremities, faint spots and rubbing to front cover, else very good; scarce. $200.

Southworth, May. 101 Candies

Beautifully printed in red & black. Oblong pictorial wrappers. Revised Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1906.

Inner joints reinforced, else very good; one of the scarcer titles. Recipes include peppermint chewing candy, peanut molasses, prize fudge, roasted chestnuts, etc. $200.

Southworth, May. 101 Desserts

Printed in red & black by the Tomoye Press, with vignettes. Oblong pictorial wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1907.

One of the rarest of the 101 series by Southworth. Recipes for innovative desserts, including this one that has my mouth watering: "Pop-Corn: Take a pint of freshly popped corn and roll fine; add three cupfuls of fresh milk, a half cupful of sugar, two whole eggs and the yolk of another well-beaten, a tablespoonful of butter and a half-teaspoonful of salt. Bake in a buttered pudding-dish, placed inside another filled with hot water, till the custard is set. Cover with a meringue and sprinkle the top with pop-corn." 1" of offset to front wrapper, heavy chipping along extremities of wrappers, still about very good. $160.

Southworth, May. 101 Sandwiches

Beautifully printed in red & black. Oblong dec. gray & yellow wrappers. Revised Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1906.

Inventive sandwich recipes for various international sandwiches & salads, including truffle, Bohemian, pate de foie gras, tongue and veal, caviar, lobster, oyster, etc. Near fine. $120.

Francatelli, Charles Elme. The Cook's Guide, and Housekeeper's & Butler's Assistant: A Practical Treatise on English and Foreign Cookery in All its Branches.

512 + 7 pp on the service of wines, and 24 ad pp. Steel-engraved frontis. portrait and numerous wood engravings of roasts, fancy appetizers, dessert courses, etc. Blindstamped green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Second Edition. London: Richard Bentley, 1862. Near fine, with hand-written recipe for "clary wine" laid-in. $150

Davenport, Laura, ed. The Bride's Cook Book: A Superior Collection of Thoroughly Tested Practical Recipes Specially Adapted to the Needs of the Young Housekeeper.

Illus. with gorgeous color plates. Gilt-lettered buff cloth, pictorial cover label. Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1908.

Numerous lush color plates complement recipes (tabbed by subject) for fish, eggs, sauces and pickles, beverages, meats, desserts, breads, etc. Fried hominy, pigs in blankets, water lily salad, Waldorf Astoria salad, sweet potato pie, and other American dishes to make any husband happy. Very good. $160.

(Los Angeles) The Cary Cook Book.

26 pp. Original wrappers. First Edition. Los Angeles: Cary Manufacturing, c.1920's.

The Cary Vapor Cooker was a precursor of the pressure cooker, and purported to retain mineral and vitamine [sic] elements while cooking on multiple physical levels (image at rear shows various compartments). Good. $40.

Reed, Aurora. The Woman's Manual of 1000 Hints for the Home.

Blue cloth lettered in white, jacket. First Edition. N.p.: Laird & Lee, 1916.

Recipes for economy in the kitchen, as well as all hints for the home, from pest reduction and ironing to questions of sex (completely vague and bound to confuse anyone with questions), "hunches for mothers," fasting for rheumatism, and any labor-saving ideas to rescue sore elbows from excess work. Chipping to jacket spine head, else fine in very good, scarce jacket. $65

Manuscript Cookbook.

Full manuscript cookbook in several different hands and two languages, in pencil. Approx. 80 pp. Flexible black cloth. c.1890-1910.

Recipes seem to be mainly in English, but a good number are in Swedish as well. Most are legible, incl. baked ham, wild rice, orange lemon marmalade, macaroon torte, marrow balls, fiskomelett, russinpudding, gravalax, American tagliarini, etc. A melting pot of recipes representing the influence of Nordic emigrants on American cooking. Very good. $125.

Lyman, Mrs. Laura E. American Cookery: A Monthly Dining Room Magazine. Vol. I, No. 7. * The Dining Room Magazine. 2 issues: Vol. I, Nos. 10 & 11. Together, 3 issues.

Illus. incl. ads for food & lodgings. Printed wrappers. NY: Union Publishing, July, Oct. & Nov. 1876.

Lyman (1831-1912) edited the short-lived American Cookery, which then became Dining Room Magazine, until its demise in 1877. Issues include Aunt Kate Hunabee's column; book and journal reviews; children's cookery; cookery for the sick; letters from readers; poetry and prose selections; recipes and contributed recipes (with attributions); and references to cooking schools. Promotional tie-ins with Royal Baking Powder, Dobbin's Electric Soap (later with Higgins German Laundry Soap), and Duryeas' Corn Starch. Some issues includes Health Food Company advertisements against using "Graham" Flour, Crushed Wheats, Wheaten Grits, and other cereal foods. The magazine featured articles by such notable writers as Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher, Emily Huntington Miller, and Margaret E. Sangster. One issue with long closed tear along spine, a few spots & some fading, else very good. $120 (for the 3 together).

(Bahamas) The Lucayos Cook Book.

48 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Nassau & Ontario: Old Authors Farm, 1959.

Originally published in 1660, the Bahamas were named Lucayos by Columbus. Recipes include orange wine, pickled walnuts, almond cheesecakes, stewed hare, pickled turkey, rice pudding, pickled nasturtium buds & limes, etc. Darkening to part of wrappers, note to upper front wrapper, else about very good. $35.

Baker, Jack, ed. Cherokee Cookbook.

16 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Oklahoma City: Baker Publishing, 1967.

Wilted watercress, squaw bread, fried huckleberries, squirrel dumplings, 'possum with sweet potato, wild strawberry shortcakes, frog legs, etc. Kind-of a hybrid of Native American cooking and Good Ole' Okie food. Cherokee alphabet printed on rear wrapper, and a glossary of Cherokee words is on the last page. Very good. $35. SOLD

Gray, Patience. Honey from a Weed: Feasting and Fasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia.

Jacket. First American Edition. NY: Harper & Row, 1987.

In the early 1960's, writer Patience Gray met and fell in love with the Belgian artist and sculptor Norman Mommens. They embarked on a journey around the Mediterranean to Provence, Carrara, Catalonia, the Greek island of Naxos, and finally southern Italy, wherein 1970 they settled in Apulia, in a farmhouse named Spigolizzi. She writes about this journey in Honey From a Weed, a book about rural life, folklore and cookery, full of recipes featuring peasant food. She refused to have such modern conveniences as the refrigerator, telephone or electric light at Spigolizzi, and foraged for many a meal. Fine. $125.

Rector, George. The Rector Cook Book: World Famous Recipes. Jacket. Third Edition. Chicago: Rector Publishing, 1928.

SIGNED by George Rector on front free endpaper. Rector was born in Chicago, where his father—Charles E. Rector—ran Rector's Oyster House. He claimed his father took him out of Cornell University where he was studying law, and sent him to Paris to learn how to make a sauce for filet of sole. Rector and his father ran several restaurants in New York State and Chicago. At Rector's on Broadway in New York City, he and his father were known for serving celebrities of the 1910s. George Rector's New York Times obituary stated Rector's was "a leading resort of the theatrical, financial and social worlds of those days". The restaurant closed with the coming of prohibition. A couple short closed tears to jacket extremities, else very good. $75.

Berolzheimer, Ruth, ed. The United States Regional Cookbook: Prudence Penny Edition.

Illus. with drawings & photographs. Jacket. Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1951.

Tabbed chapters are separated by American region, with special focus on Northern European-influenced areas of the country: Michigan Dutch, Minnesota Scandinavian, Wisconsin Dutch, etc. The Southwestern region is also quite interesting, with recipes from Native Americans and Mexicans. The final chapter is titled "Cosmopolitan America: Recipes from Many Lands that Have Found an American Home." A celebration of foods we've gained from immigration and diversity across the United States. Very good and bright. $65.

Petinak, Dr. Marko. Dates as Food: How to Use Them.

64 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged. Los Angeles: Published by the Author, 1941.

The health craze in Los Angeles started early in the 20th century, and this book is a perfect example of how the discovery of fresh fruit and vegetables in our own backyard could be consumed for health as well as pleasure. Chapters on vitamins in dates, growing instructions, curative value & beauty tips are all combined herein. Fine condition. $45.

Seneca." (Henry H. Soule). Canoe and Camp Cookery: A Practical Cook Book for Canoeists, Corinthian Sailors and Outers.

Gilt-stamped pictorial brick cloth. NY: Forest & Stream, 1893.

Published in 1885 in New York, Canoe and Camp Cookery by well-known outdoor writer Henry H. Soule is one of the earliest outdoor cookbooks published. Focused on practical recipes for simple but filling meals, the cookbook has two sections: one for the modern-day version of a backpacker, emphasizing light weight and ease of transportation; and the other for the more settled camper, describing more elaborate meals that can be fixed outdoors. Entries include: The Canoeist’s “Grab Box,” Fish Caught in Muddy Streams, Potatoes and Green Corn, Go Light as Possible, Brown Betty, and General Remarks on Cooking Soups. Soule compiled the majority of the recipes from outdoor enthusiasts of the time: hunters, trappers, and army men, but actually tested each recipe himself during his own outdoor adventures. Fine and bright. $200.

 

(Italian Tobacco) I Tabacchi Italiani: Monopolio di Stato.

Illus. from photos of Italian film and stage stars smoking, as well as 28 bright chromolithograph plates of loose tobacco, cigarettes, cigarette, cigar & tobacco packaging, tobacco leaf varieties, etc. Large format string-bound card-backed pictorial stiff silver wrappers. First Edition. Rome & Milan: 1934.

A stunning catalog detailing pre-war Italian cigarette culture, which was just about as stylish as you might think. Cigar boxes and cigarette tins and packs were lushly colored and impeccably designed, all presented bound in a Futurism-inspired binding. My favorite illustration is of rows of individual cigarettes and details of their filters. Whil this isn't a cookbook, I just had to have it for my shop. Near fine. $850.

Camporesi, Carla Geri. Tempo di Castagne/Chestnut Time - 140 Ricette/Recipes.

Illus. with vignettes. Marbled wrappers. First Edition. Lucca: Maria Pacini Fazzi, 1993.

140 recipes in Italian and English for chestnuts. A charming and dedicated piece of work. $30.

Lincoln, Mrs. D.A. Carving and Serving.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Boston: Little, Brown, 1906.

Instructions on craving all kinds of meat, fish & fowl, including pigeons, mutton, rib roast, turkey, etc., with notes on utensils and a few recipes as well. Mild rubbing to extremities; owner's bookplate and another owner's name to front pastedown, else very good. $65.

Allen, F. Sturges. What's What? At Home and Abroad.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: Bradley-White, 1902.

A fantastic little book of bill of fare vocabulary, with additional chapters on poisonous plants and remedies, what to do in case of accidents, and incongruously, on jewels and fine stones. Owner's name to front free endpaper, else near fine. $75.

Thomas, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion.

Ed. with intro. by Herbert Asbury. Illus. Jacket. NY: Knopf, 1930.

Jeremiah (Jerry) P. Thomas (1830-1885) was perhaps the best-known American bartender of the 19th century; because of his pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States, he is considered "the father of American mixology." In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. As such, he was often nicknamed "Professor" Jerry Thomas. In 1862, Thomas finished Bar-Tender’s Guide (alternately titled How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion), the first drink book ever published in the United States. The book collected and codified what was then an oral tradition of recipes from the early days of cocktails, including some of his own creations; the guide laid down the principles for formulating mixed drinks of all categories. The first edition of the guide includes the first written recipes of such cocktails as the Brandy Daisy, Fizz, Flip, Sour and variations of the earliest form of mixed drink, Punch. A Tom Collins appeared in later editions for the first time. Mild chipping to jacket spine ends, faint dampstain to upper jacket spine & rear panel; owner's name to upper front free endpaper, else near fine in very good, scarce jacket. $300.

(African American) Gaskins, Ruth. A Good Heart and a Light Hand: Ruth L. Gaskins’ Collection of traditional Negro Recipes.

Illus. from drawings by Porge Buck. Pictorial spiral-bound boards. First Edition. Alexandria, VA: 1968.

Compiled by women in Alexandria, Virginia, with the purpose of distributing proceeds from the sales of the book to “organizations which primarily benefit Alexandria’s Negro Citizens.” Tear to upper spine cloth; mild soiling & a few interior spots, owner's name to front free endpaper, else very good. $60.

(Charcuterie) Brunfaut, Eugen. Kunstgemasse Garnierung von Schusseln.

90 pp. Illus. with 36 chromolithograph plates of charcuterie, meat platters, hams, special occasion meats, sausages, etc. Oblong 8vo., original blue cloth decorated in gilt and brown patterns and elaborately lettered in gilt on upper cover. Berlin: Allegemeine Felischer-zeitung c.1910.

Spectacular graphic and brightly colored plates of meat platters, wedding hams, pigs' trotters, decorated terrines and pates, etc. A bit of tearing to cloth along hinges, faint dampstain to fore-edges, intruding very minimally into margins of plates (about 1/16"), else very good. $250. SOLD

Rhodes, Mike. Wild Edibles of Fresno County, Plus a Complete Section on Usable Herbs.

Illus. from photographs by Jim Ashbrook & drawings by David Cox. Pictorial wrappers. 1 of 1,000 copies. Second Edition.

Helpful photos of edible wild plants growing in Fresno County will help the reader find soaproot, shepherd's purse, mariposa lily, wild hyacinth, and even date palms. Owner's name to title page, else near fine. $30.

(Corn) Wheeler, Candace, ed. Columbia's Emblem Indian Corn: A Garland of Tributes in Prose and Verse.

Illus. with photographic plates of corn in U.S. and Native American culture; tissue guards. Cloth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1893.

Corn in song and verse, as well as in American history, from the Aztec and Incas to the Columbia Exposition. A fantastic little book! Small spot to front cover; owner's name to front free endpaper, frontis. & title coming loose, else very good. Scarce. $120.

Maril, Lee. Crack & Crunch: Nuts in Fact and Fancy. Illus. by Maril with color drawings of nuts on the tree. Pictorial boards. First Edition. NY: Coward-McCann, 1945.

Detailed descriptions of peanuts, almonds, pecans, American hazelnuts, nutmeg, Persian walnuts, coconuts (?!), and American chestnuts, with chapters on lore as well. Front hinge cracking, else good. $40.

(Berkeley) Berkeley Women’s City Club Recipes

292 pp. Replete with ads for Berkeley businesses, some pictorial, as well as frontis. image of the club. Dec. wrappers. First Edition. Berkeley: Berkeley Women’s City Club, c.1930’s.

The Berkeley Women's City Club building was designed by one of their members, architect Julia Morgan (student of Bernard Maybeck and notably Berkeley’s most famous architect). The building was completed in 1929 and the book was probably published in the early 1930's. Recipes from members include Hodge Podge Pudding with Panocha Sauce, stuffed Italian squash, Outdoor Fireplace Dish, Tahoe Stew, Tamale Loaf, etc. Some creasing to covers, else very good. $150.

Gorton's. True Food Economy: 28 New and Inexpensive Dishes from the Rich Tender Gorton's Codfish.

22 pp. Illus. Pictorial stiff blue wrappers. Gloucester, MA: Gorton's, 1910.

One page section neatly detached, else near fine condition, with descriptions of all that Gorton's had to offer in 1910. $15.

Johnson, Helen Louise. Culinary Wrinkles: Recipes and Directions for the Use of Armour's Tract of Beef.

48 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Chicago: Armour, 1901.

Larded sweetbreads, oxtail soup, mutton ragout, lobster a la Creole, and other light fare. Small piece of front wrapper lacking from lower corner, soiling to rear wrapper, else very good. $35.

Mackay, L. Gertrude. Housekeeper's Apple Book.

40 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Baltimore: Internat'l Apple Shippers' Assoc., c.1917.

An offprint of Mackay's lovely book of the same title. From apple and barberry jelly to dry apple roly poly, German apple cake, apple schmarren, porcupine apples, apple pan dowdy, and everything in-between. Soiling and a few spots to wrappers, else good. $30.

(Kansas) The Women’s Civic Center Cook Book.

92 pp. Printed wrappers. Hutchinson, KS: Women’s Civic Center Club, 1955.

Roast wild duck with corn bread dressing sounds fabulous. Pecan, pickle and pineapple salad – not so much. Very good. $35.

(Missouri) Ladies of the First Congregational Church. C.L.U. Cook Book, Containing Valuable Receipts Carefully Tested. [2], 86 + [2] ad pp. Printed tan wrappers. First Edition. Kansas City: Potter-Cottrell, 1889.

 

Most likely the first cookbook published in Kansas City. Mrs. President Harrison's Soup, pickled figs, rice waffles, and soft caramel custard, are among the delectable recipes herein. Short tear along spine wrappers, else near fine and extremely rare; not found in any libraries. $600.

(Kansas) Circle No. Five of First Methodist Church.

The Methodist Cook Book. 132 pp. Cloth-backed printed wrappers. Neodesha, KS: First Methodist Episcopal Church, [1931].

Four contemporary manuscript recipes on rear blank pages, as well as several mounted recipe news clippings (one with heading: “Favorite Recipes of Neodesha Housewives”). Date of December, 1931 written on dedication page. Some tearing to cloth along spine, else about very good. $60.

(Missouri) Coburn, Mrs. J.M. Favorite Receipts, Published by the Ladies of the Art Booth of the First Congregational Church Fair, Kansas City, Mo., December 1-2, 1903.

Illus. with designs by Mrs. Noble R. Fuller, who also did the wonderful cover design. Pictorial cloth. Second Edition. Kansas City: F.P. Burnap, 1904.

Recipes from 89 different contributors, including instructions on making hickory nut cake, rhubarb pudding, German relish, chicken pie, and “How to Keep the Affections of your Husband.” Soiling to covers, else very good. $125.

[Los Angeles] Beck, Neill & Fred. Farmers Market Cook Book. Foreword by M.F.K. Fisher. Illus. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Henry Holt, 1951. All about the Los Angeles Farmers Market (Neill wrote the widely read report on Farmers Market activities in the L.A. Times), with local recipes for lamb shanks Brentwood, barbecue salsa, Iberville fish fry, etc., and descriptions of the various characters at the Farmers Market. Chipping to jacket spine head; owners' names to front free endpaper, else very good and bright. $40.

[Kitchiner, William]. The Cook’s Oracle; containing Receipts for Plain Cookery on the Most Economical Plan for Private Families; also the Art of Composing the Most Simple and Most Highly Finished Broths, Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, and Flavoring Essences: Pastry, Preserves, Puddings, &c. and an Easy, Certain, and Economical Process for preparing Pickles in which they will be ready in a fortnight, and remain good for years.

xx, 484 pp. Period 3/4 calf & cloth, morocco spine label. Fifth Edition. London & Edinburgh: A. Constable & Co., 1823. “The most famous of Kitchiner's numerous cookery books, The Cook's Oracle first appeared in 1817 and went through many editions, even after his death. It was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity with the entire process, from shopping, through preparing and serving the dishes, to cleaning up. It was an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and was mined by the writers of other household guides.” -ODNB. Bitting p.262. The American edition was taken from this fifth edition. Very good. $300.

[Kitchiner, William]. The Cook’s Oracle; containing Receipts for Plain Cookery on the Most Economical Plan for Private Families; also the Art of Composing the Most Simple and Most Highly Finished Broths, Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, and Flavoring Essences: Pastry, Preserves, Puddings, &c. and an Easy, Certain, and Economical Process for preparing Pickles in which they will be ready in a fortnight, and remain good for years.

xviii, 545 pp. Period calf, morocco spine label. Fourth Edition. London & Edinburgh: A. Constable & Co., 1822. “The most famous of Kitchiner's numerous cookery books, The Cook's Oracle first appeared in 1817 and went through many editions, even after his death. It was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity with the entire process, from shopping, through preparing and serving the dishes, to cleaning up. It was an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and was mined by the writers of other household guides.” -ODNB. Bitting p.262. Dampstaining to last two pages, else very good. $400.

Francatelli, Charles Elme. The Royal Confectioner: English and Foreign. A Practical Treatise on the Art of Confectionery in All its Branches.

422 + [6] ad pp. Illus. with 9 chromolithograph plates (incl. frontis.) and 5 wood-engraved plates, as well as several table-settings. Orig. gilt- & blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Second Edition. London: Chapman & Hall, 1866. Francatelli had an illustrious career ending with an appointment to the Royal Household of Queen Victoria. Illustrations include fancy desserts of the day, including croque-en-bouche, a swan made of nougat, an ornamental caramel basket filled with caramel, iced pudding a la Victoria on a stand, etc. Bitting 164. Minor sunning to spine; foxing to chromolithograph plates, else very good. $500.

De Salis, Mrs. Sweets and Supper Dishes a la Mode.

Half cloth & boards. London: Longmans, Green, 1908. Venus pudding, tutti frutti, coffee cannelons, barberry cream, Savarin with punch, and other delectables from 1908. Bookplate of collector Marshall Blum. Very good. $45.

Beeton, Mrs. Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management: A Guide to Cookery in All its Branches.

2056 pp. plus numerous duo-tone ad pp. Illus. with numerous chromolithograph plates. Quarter red morocco & cloth, gilt-dec. & lettered spine. London: Ward, Lock, 1907.

Besides cookery, Mrs. Beeton covered marketing, trussing and carving, servants, the nursery, caring for invalids, and even home lawyering. A near fine copy of a massive and important Victorian-era tome, with wonderful, bright illustrations. $200.

Löffler, Henriette. Grosses Illustrirtes Kochbuch. Foreword by Theodor Bechtel.

Numerous wood engravings throughout. Pictorially gilt-stamped blue cloth, elaborately gilt-dec. spine. Ulm: J. Ebner, c.1892.

Owners inscription, dated 1892, to verso of front free endpaper. A sumptuous Victorian-era German cookbook with classic recipes written in Old German. Near fine and bright. $150.

(Temperance) Silver Lake Quartette. Prohibition Bells and Songs of the New Crusade, for Temperance Organizations, Reform Clubs, Prohibition Camps, and Political Campaigns.

Printed music throughout. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. NY: Funk & Wagnalls, 1888. Songs composed by the Silver Lake Quartette include "The Saloon Must Go," "A Temperance Dodger," "The Clarion Call," "Prohibition Rallying Song," "Who'll Kill Dat Snake," and many more. Rubbing to extremities and a bit to covers, else very good. $150.

(Etiquette) Wells, Samuel Robert. How to Behave: A Pocket Manual of Republican Etiquette, and Guide to Correct Personal Habits.

Gilt-lettered blindstamped brown cloth. First Edition. NY: Fowler & Wells, 1856.

Chapters include personal habits, health, dress, domestic manners, love and courtship, and miscellaneous manners (!). Strong opinions abound, such as this advice on declarations of the heart: "Be earnest, sincere, self-loyal, and manly in the matter above all others. Let there be no nauseous flattery and no sickly sentimentality. Leave the former to fops and the latter to beardless school-boys." Near fine. $125.

Gillette, Mrs. F.L. & Hugo Ziemann. The White House Cook Book: Cooking, Toilet And Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving, Table Etiquette, Care Of The Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts Worth Knowing, Etc., Etc.: The Whole Comprising A Comprehensive Cyclopedia Of Information For The Home.

570 pp. Frontis. port. of Mrs. Harrison (First Lady in 1891), and illus. with several other plates showing White House kitchens and dining rooms; tissue guards. Pictorial white boards. First Edition Thus. NY & St. Louis: N.D. Thompson, 1891. Fanny Lemira Gillette (1828-1926) originally published her White House Cook Book in 1887, but the book had little to do with the White House, other than the inclusion of several portraits of former First Ladies. In 1891, she partnered with a co-author, White House steward Hugo Ziemann, and together they incorporated several special menus from White House occasions. Included were menus from Gen'l Grant's birthday dinner, Mrs. Cleveland's wedding lunch, etc. The book was hugely popular, and was reprinted many times through 1925. Fading, soiling & rubbing to covers; interior pages brittle and browned, dedication page detached but present, else good. Bookplate of the Ward Lincoln Collection of American Cookery Books. Hard to find in early editions, and an important contribution to American cooking. $400.

(Virginia) Tyree, Marion Cabell, ed. Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Containing Contributions from Two Hundred and Fifty of Virginia’s Noted Housewives, Distinguished for their Skill in the Culinary Art and Other Branches of Domestic Economy.

 

Illus. in rear with several pages of ads and with lined blank pages for manuscript recipes. Original pictorial gilt-stamped & lettered brown beveled cloth. First Edition Thus (publihsed in two previous editions under slightly different titles). Louisville, KY: John P. Morgan, 1879.

According to the author, “I would say to housewives, be not daunted by one failure, nor by twenty. Resolve that you will have good bread, and never cease striving after this result till you have effected it. If persons without brains can accomplish this, why cannot you?” Of the many famed recipes, the contribution of the first ever for Sweet Tea is one of my favorites. Chipping and rubbing to spine ends, mild rubbing to extremities; front joint starting at title page, one manuscript recipe blank page with long closed tear, still very good. Owner’s name (Lenora Carleton, Mexico, 1880) to front endpapers. $400.

 

Schloesser, Frank. The Cult of the Chafing Dish.

Illus. with Art Nouveau chapter headings. Pictorial red & orange cloth. First Edition. London: Gay & Bird, 1904. Worth it for the dessert recipe for "Whisky Apples" alone. Very good, and utterly charming. $75.

Carson, Jane. Colonial Virginia Cookery: Procedures, Equipment, and Ingredients in Colonial Cooking.

Illus. with drawings of early American kitchen implements, etc., by Linda Funk. Half cloth & dec. boards, paper spine & cover labels. First Edition. Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1985. An in-depth history of Colonial Virginia's cooking methods and utensils, in a lovely binding. $35.

Dumas, Alexandre. Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine.

2 vols. Half-calf & mottled boards, gilt-lettered spine, raised bands. Illus. with engraved frontispiece portrait of Dumas and a portrait of contributor D. F. Vuillemot, both by Paul-Aldophe Rajon. First Edition. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1873.

Famed French novelist Alexandre Dumas (author of the swashbuckling tales The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, most famously) was equally devoted to gastronomy, creating a culinary masterpiece in “The Great Dictionary of Cuisine”, published posthumously in 1873. Part reference, part cookbook, Dumas’ massive tome includes his reflections on dining: “It is not enough to eat,” he writes, “[but] to dine, there must be diversified, calm conversation. It should sparkle with rubies of the wine between courses, be deliciously suave with the sweetness of dessert, and acquire true profundity with the coffee.” In French and unabridged; from Alan Davidson’s collection and scarce. Rubbing to extremities, corners repaired; scattered foxing, else very good. Bitting, p.135. $2,500

Anon. The Female Instructor; or, Young Woman's Companion: being a guide to all the accomplishments which adorn the female character, etc.

560 pp. Illus. with copper-engraved title page and 9 copper plates illustrating fables and table settings. Period tree calf, morocco spine label. Liverpool: Nuttell, Fisher & Dixon, c.1811.

The Female Instructor is a conduct manual that promises to teach its reader ‘all the accomplishments’ that will equip her to be a ‘useful member of society – a pleasing and instructive companion or, a respectable mother’ (title page). The first page of the index (p. 5) shows the range of the manual: it encompasses the emotional and the practical, offering advice on courtship and love, as well as asthma, bread-making and the safest methods for raising children. Other topics include education, etiquette, leisure, sensibility and marriage. Owner's name and date of 1838 to front pastedown, foxing to engraved title page. Very good. $400.

(New York) Ranhoffer, Charles. The Epicurean: A Complete Treatise of Analytical and Practical Studies on the Culinary Art, including Table and Wine Service, How to Prepare and Cook Dishes, and Index for Marketing, a Great Variety of Bills of Fare for Breakfasts, Luncheons, Dinners, Suppers, Ambigus, Buffets, etc., and a Selection of Interesting Bills of Fare of Delmonico's, from 1862 to 1894. Making a Franco-American Culinary Encyclopedia.

1183 pp. Over 800 engraved illustrations throughout. 3/4 brown morocco & pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine, raised bands. First Edition. NY: Charles Ranhoffer, 1894.

Ranhoffer's famed opus went through numerous printings, but this is the rare first edition. Operated by the Delmonico family at 2 South William Street in lower Manhattan during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Delmonico's gained a reputation as one of the nation's top fine dining establishments. The birthplace of the widely imitated Delmonico steak, the restaurant is credited with being the first American restaurant to allow patrons to order from a menu à la carte, as opposed to table d’hôte. It is also claimed to be the first to employ a separate wine list. The family also opened other restaurants under the name, operating up to four at a time and ultimately totaling 10 establishments by the time they departed the business in 1923. Repairs to last several index pages, else very good and solidly bound. $600.

Eaton, Mrs. Mary. The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary Including a System of Modern Cookery in all its Various Branches, adapted to the Use of Private Families, Also a Variety of Original and Valuable Information Relative to Baking, Brewing, Carving, Cleaning Collaring Curing, Economy of Bees ---- of a Dairy, Economy of Poultry, Family Medicine, Gardening, Home made Wines, Pickling Potting Preserving, Rules of Health and Every Subject connected with Domestic Economy.

xxxii, 495 pp. Copper-engraved frontis. port. & title page dated 1822. Illus. with 4 copper plates of game animals, brewing equipment, and carving instructions. Period calf, morocco spine label. First Edition. Bungay: J. & R. Childs, 1823.

Presented in dictionary form, with terms and descriptions for every food, sauce, cooking method, etc. Cagle 661, Bitting page 139, Oxford page 152. Scarce 1823 cookery book and dictionary. Expertly rebacked, with original spine strip laid-on, rubbing to covers; faint dampstain to engraved title, else very good. $750.

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins. The Delights of Delicate Eating.

Pictorial blue-green cloth lettered in red. First Edition. Akron: Saalfield Publishing, 1901. Extolling "the Beauty, the Poetry that exists in the perfect dish," The Delights of Delicate Eating is a choice collection, originally published in 1896, of the culinary essays Pennell wrote for London's Pall Mall Gazette. Minor rubbing to spine ends; bookplate, else near fine. $200.

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins. A Guide for the Greedy by a Greedy Woman.

Pictorial orange & black cloth. First Edition Thus. London: The Bodley Head, 1923.

A new and revised edition of Pennell's 1896 The Feasts of Autolycus.

The preface, reprinted from the original, describes, the book as a guide "to the Beauty, the Poetry, that exist in the perfect dish, even as in the masterpiece of a Titian or a Swinburne." Later endpapers, else very good and bright. $95.

(Italian-American) Cusimano, Jack. Economical Italian Cook Book, containing many new and delicious receipts and designed especially to meet the present high cost of living.

53 pp. Illus. with 2 chromolithograph plates of pasta, and frontis. port. of the young author. White linen printed in green and orange. First Edition. Los Angeles: Jack Cusimano, 1917.

One of the earliest Italian-American cookbooks, with recipes using pasta, squash, beans, sheep head, peppers, etc., including a chapter on Italian soup for invalids (!). Glozer 76. Near fine, extremely scarce with the plates present. $3,000.

(Los Angeles) Friends of the UCLA Library. A Taste of California.

Hand-printed portfolio comprised of 8 leaves of variously colored heavy deckle-edged paper, illustrated using wood cuts, wood engravings, and decorative typographical devices. Folio portfolio, 13-13/16" wide x 19" high (33 cm x 38.8 cm), brown cloth, paper cover label, string ties. No. 232 of 250 copies printed in Santa Barbara by Graham Mackintosh. First Edition. Santa Barbara: Graham Mackintosh, 1977.

Contents consist of: an introduction/contents leaf and seven folio-sized recipes from the UCLA Library California Cookbooks Collection, representing the culinary history of California: Indian Period (Tortillas de Mais); Goldrush Days (Hangtown Fry); Pastoral California (Carne Tatemada [Barbecued Beef]); Railroad Empire (Eggs Boiled with Tea Leaves); Gilded Age (Celery Victor); Arts & Crafts Movement (Alligator Pear [Avocado] Soup); and Age of the Flapper (Penouchee). Signed by Mackintosh on introduction/limitation page. A bit of dustiness to cloth; intro page with minor creases to upper left corner & irregular fading to lower half within portfolio sleeve; other individual sheets are fine and worthy of framing. $950.

(Colt Press) The Colt Press Epicure Series: The Epicure in Hawaii; The Epicure in China: Eight Complete Chinese Epicurean Dinners; The Epicure in Mexico

Illus. with woodcuts. Cloth-backed boards. Together in original printed box, paper cover label. 1 of 500 copies. First Editions. Los Angeles: Colt Press, 1938, 39 & 40.

Fine condition, with beautiful typography and authentic recipes including Lawalu fish, Haupia, Kalakaua Pie, Diamondback Terrapin soup, snow fungi in clear broth; chalupas, tamales, pan dulce, etc. Rare as a set in original box. $300.

 

"Jimmy" late of Ciro's. Cocktails

Black & yellow cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1930.

From the Preface: "The preparation of this drinking-tome is quite in keeping with the best ethics of such standard works as the family cook-book which your wife keeps tucked away for ready reference in the kitchen table drawer. Here you will find nothing having to do with jiggers or gills. All such occult references have been abandoned and you will find that your favorite drink's make-up is listed in terms of 'parts'; so many parts gin, so any parts pineapple juice and so forth, so that even a child of five may prepare his (or her) favorite beverage without the necessity of running to ask daddy: 'Please, what is a jigger.' This in short, is a work dedicated to the simplification of serious and scientific drinking The 'part' of course is of elastic sire, its final extent to be determined by the student. If he desires he may use a bathtub.'" Very good and bright, with great, classic cocktails. $300.

Boulestin, Xavier Marcel. Myself, My Two Countries

8 illustrations by various artists, of images of Boulestin and his circle. Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First English Edition. London: Cassell, 1936.

Warmly inscribed & signed by Boulestin to Colette, dated 1936. Boulestin (1878-1943) was a French chef, restaurateur, and the author of cookery books that popularized French cuisine in the English-speaking world, among numerous other food memoirs. Restaurant Boulestin, known as the most expensive in London, opened in 1927. Its fame, and the long series of books and articles that Boulestin wrote, made him a celebrity. His cuisine was wide-ranging, embracing not only the French classics but also dishes familiar to British cooks. Among those influenced by Boulestin was the English cookery expert Elizabeth David, who praised Boulestin in her writings, and adopted many of his precepts. An image on p.91 depicts Colette and Boulestin at the Theatre des Mathurins in 1906, so the two clearly had a long history. Very good; rare. $500.

Child, Julia, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

 

Jacket. Early Edition. NY: Knopf, 1964.

SIGNED by Julia Child on half-title, adding, "Bon appetit!" above her signature. Minor rubbing and a bit of chipping to jacket spine head & upper rear corner, some foxing to fore-edges, else a near fine copy of one of the 20th century's most important cookbooks. Scarce signed. $1,200.

Southworth, May. 101 Entrees

Printed in red & black. Oblong dec. yellow & brown wrappers. Revised Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1906.

Mephisto crab, curried apples, Laplander salmon, vol-au-vent, and other creative dishes for dinner. Fine. $100.

Fairclough, M.A. The Ideal Cookery Book

945 pp. Illus. incl. 48 color plates. Gilt-lettered maroon cloth. First Edition. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1911

A whopping 3,157 classic French recipes comprise this massive tome, which was reprinted numerous times through the early 20th century, usually in smaller formats. Rubbing to spine ends, else very good and bright, with instructions on making everything from potage de pieds de veau to cromesquis a la Russe. $150.

(Los Angeles & San Francisco) Recipes of Lucca Restaurant

31 pp. Illus. from photographs of the restaurant and bar. Pictorial wrappers. San Francisco: c.1938.

Lucca opened in San Francisco in 1930, followed by a Los Angeles location in 1933. Wonderful photographs show the restaurants filled with patrons. Owner's date of 1938 to upper front free endpaper. About very good. $18.

Cunningham, Marion. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Jacket. Revised Edition. Warmly inscribed & SIGNED by Cunningham on the half-title, to Joyce McGillis: “To Joyce – Yes, it has finally seen the light of day, with a great thanks to you, Love, Marion.”

McGillis assisted Cunningham in working on this revision, and she is the first person listed in the acknowledgements: “My great appreciation to: Joyce McGillis for her discriminating palate, cooking skills, organization and enthusiasm – her contribution was enormous to this revision….” A bit of soiling to bottom edges, else near fine. $350.

Grigson, Jane. Jane Grigson's Fruit Book

Illus. by Yvonne Skargon. Glossary by Judith Hill. Jacket. First American Edition. NY: Antheneum, 1982. A companion to Grigson's Vegetable Book, with her famed recipes and notes still springing off the page. A bit of sunning to jacket spine, else near fine and bright. $120. SOLD

Turnbull, Grace H. Fruit of the Vine, as Seen by Many Witnesses of All Time.

Illus. incl. frontis. from a painting of a drunkard. Jacket. First Edition. Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1950.

Warmly inscribed and signed by the author to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stellman. Stellman was a well-known author and photographer, born in Baltimore but made his career photographing Chinatown in San Francisco, as well as writing about San Francisco history. This book is a "symposium on social drinking," with much on the affects of over-indulging. Near fine. $75.

(Boston) Boston Retail Grocers' Association. Official Program: Fourth Boston Food Fair, Mechanics Building, October 2 to 28, 1899.

80 pp. Illus. with portraits of important grocers, as well as numerous ads for all manner of Boston grocery products. 1899.

• Grocer's Magazine (Program for the Fifth Boston Food Fair).

35 pp. Numerous articles about grocery business. Illus. with ads. 1901.

Together, 2 vols. Very good and bright, with wonderful ads for food products from Boston companies, and fascinating articles on the state of the grocery business at home and abroad at the turn-of-the-century. $120. SOLD

Renaud, Helena. The Cook Book of the Stars: 1195 Modern Recipes, Covering All Types of Food Preparation in the American Home

Illus. throughout with photos of Hollywood stars, and with color frontis. of vegetable dishes. Large format, jacket. NY: Windsor Editions, 1941. Humphrey Bogart's Manhattan Clam Chowder, Ronald Reagan's Baked Peaches, Priscilla Lane's Chicken and Noodle Casserole, and many more. A couple closed tears to jacket, rubbing and some chipping to jacket extremities, else very good and bright. $150. SOLD

(Jell-O Ephemera) 3 identical 4-page booklets advertising strawberry Jell-O.

Pictorial chromolithograph wrappers. LeRoy, NY: Genesee Pure Food Co., c.1900.

In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, was putting up a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. He experimented with gelatine and came up with a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. He tried to market his product but he lacked the capital and the experience. In 1899 he sold his formula to a fellow townsman for the sum of $450. Three identical booklets are in fine condition. $45. SOLD

Raper, Elizabeth. The Receipt Book of Elizabeth Raper

And a portion of her Cipher Journal written 1756 - 1770. Edited by her great-grandson Bartle Grant with a portrait and decorations by Duncan Grant. Bevelled blue buckram, gilt-lettered spine, jacket. No. 445 of 850 copies. London: Nonesuch Press, 1924. With recipes for such dishes as Oxford Sausages; Rost Pike; Stewed Cherries to Eat the Same Day; Oyster Toasts; Lobsters in Scollop Shells; Pull Chickens; Pistachio Nut Cream, etc. Fine. $125.

Cooper, Derek. The Beverage Report.

 

Jacket. First Edition. Illus. by Andrew Young. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970.

Inscribed & signed by Cooper on the title page. "An irreverent and witty scrutiny of what Britain drinks and the way in which it's drunk plunges into the whole beverage scene in the seventies from water to wine...." Fun and acerbic look at British pub culture. Very good and bright. $65.

(Coffee) Thurber, Francis B. Coffee: From Plantation to Cup. A Brief History of Coffee Production and Consumption.

 

416 pp. Lengthy appendix details the authors travels to coffee plantations of the far east and coffee customs in Europe. Illus. with wood engravings and folding chart detailing coffee imports into the U.S. from 1870-81.

Gilt-lettered bevelled brown cloth. NY: American Grocer Publishing, 1884. A bit of rubbing to extremities, else very good. A scarce work on coffee and its use as a commodity in the Victorian era. $400.

(Coffee) Jacob, Heinrich Eduard. L'époée du Cafe. Trans. into French from the German by Madeleine Gabelle.

 

Illus. from photographs of coffee through history. Gilt-dec. white boards, spine lettered in gilt. First French Edition. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1953.

A detailed history of coffee, from Islam to Europe, in near fine condition. Charming. $100.

Howland, Mrs. E[sther] A[llen]. The New England Economical Housekeeper, and Family Receipt Book.

[4], 11-108 pp. Fronits. showing 2 women preparing food in a large kitchen. Cloth-backed dec. boards. Stereotype Edition. Worcester: S.A. Howland, 1847.

A few period manuscript recipes on rear flyleaves for cakes add to the numerous New England recipes herein for green corn pudding, quaking plum pudding, Bedford cake, Thanksgiving dinner, cranberry tarts, chowder, etc. Cagle 381. Lincoln 261. Lowenstein 363. Wheaton and Kelly 3041. Rubbing to extremities, else very good. $150.

M[arkham], G[ervase]. The English House-Wife, Containing the Inward and Outward Vertues which ought to be in a complete Woman. As her skill in physicke, surgery, cookery, extraction of oyles, banqueting-stuffe, ordering of great feast, preserving all sorts of wines, conceited secrets, distillations, perfumes, ordering of wooll, hempe, flax, making cloth, and dying, the knowledge of dayries, office of maling, of oates, their excellent uses in a family, of brewing, baking, and all other things belonging to a household.

 

[10], 252 pp. Period calf, rebacked with original spine strip laid-on. Third Edition. London: Nicholas Okes for John Harrison, 1631.

Originally published in 1623 as "Country Contentments, or English houswife." A fascinating look into the home life and hearth. Markham's instructions include advice on everything from making a pastry of venison and hares to the plague, baldness, and bad breath, with guidance on brewing beer, growing flax & hemp for thread, and wine preserving. Owner's signature and date of 1657 to p. [4]. Lacking blank A1; rebacking slightly amateurish; a couple pages with paper loss to lower corners (not affecting text), else very good. $2,750.

Penney, Norman, ed. The Household Account Book of Sarah Fell of Swarthmoor Hall.

 

Intro. by John Brownbill. Half buckram & boards, paper spine label. First Edition. Cambridge: University Press, 1920.

The first printing of a manuscript owned by the Society of Friends in London. This account book gives a fascinating picture of 17th century Quaker history through household financial transactions. This is the Crahan copy, with their bookplate to front pastedown. Rubbing to spine label & light bumping to upper corners, else very good. $125.

Percy, Henry Algernon. The Regulations and Establishment of the Household of Henry Algernon Percy, the Fifth Earl of Northumberland, at his Castles of Wressle and Leckonfield, in Yorkshire

Begun Anno Domini MDXII. 452 + [8] ad pp. Half cloth & light blue boards, paper spine label, t.e.g. New Edition, edited with additional notes. London: A. Brown & Sons, 1905.

The household accounts of two Yorkshire castles reflect the state of gentry household affairs in the 16th century. Some soiling, rubbing to corners, else very good. $250.

Strom, S.A.E. And So to Dine: A Brief Account of the Food & Drink of Mr. Pepys Based On His Diary. Vignettes by A.E. Taylor.

 

Jacket. First Edition. London: Frederick Books, 1955.

A lively picture of the food and drink consumed by the Pepys household and its effect on the health and temper of the famous diarist. Near fine. $45.

Huxley, Elspeth. Brave New Victuals: An Inquiry into Modern Food Production. Foreword by Peter Scott.

 

Jacket. First Edition. London: Chatto & Windus, 1965.

Small piece of jacket lacking from rear panel, along with a couple minor closed tears, else very good and bright. An important treatise on the state of industrialization in Britain in the 1960's. $125.

Mason, Mrs. Charlotte. The Lady's Assistant for Regulating and Supplying the Table, Being a Complete System of Cookery containing the Most Select Bills of Fare Properly Disposed, for Family Dinners of Five Dishes to Two Courses of Eleven and Fifteen with Bills of Fare for Suppers, etc.

 

[8], 471, [21] ad pp. Period calf. Second Edition. London: J. Walter, 1775.

Filled with recipes for bills of fare, such as a thirteen-dish supper comprising, "Chicken boiled, potted pigeon, cray fish, prunellas, French plums, a ragout of eggs, apple tart creamed, asparagus, almonds and raisins, pistachio nuts, pickled oysters, rasped beef or buttered rusks and fricasee of lamb stones." Whilst rare in any edition, the second edition is particularly scarce. Expert repair near spine head, else very good. Contemporary owner's name to front pastedown. Vicaire 572, Cagle 861. $1,200.

(China) Tientsin Woman's Club. Cookery Book. Revised by Mrs. W.J.N. Dyer & Mrs. C.E. Seymour.

 

Illus. with numerous ads from local & international businesses serving Asia. Cloth-backed tan boards printed in green. Tientsin: Tientsin Press, 1933.

Includes such helpful hints as. "In China, flour be sifted six times to give it the consistency of the flour that we use for cakes and breads." Tientsin one of the premier ports of northern China, and was fought over bitterly during WWII; in 1933, there was a large ex-pat community living there. Near fine. $75. SOLD

Goessling, Adeline. Making the Farm Kitchen Pay.

 

91 pp. Illus. from photographs. Pictorial wrappers. Springfield, MA: Phelps, 1914.

Instructions on making homemade wines, butchering, salting and pickling, etc. Small piece lacking from lower front cover, else very good. $35.

Atkinson, Edward. The Science of Nutrition...The Aladdin Oven...Dietaries Carefully Computed...Tests of the Slow Methods of Cooking in the Aladdin Oven...Nutritive Values of Food Materials. Various contributing authors for each of these sections.

 

Illus. with charts & graphs. Cloth. Boston: Damerell & Upham, 1896.

The Aladdin Oven was invented by Atkinson, and purported to conduct heat in a new and more efficient manner, at a time when gas was becoming more common in households. Very good. $60.

Thomas, Gertrude I. The Dietary Adventures of Anabil Lee.

 

Illus. with full-page drawings by F.S.B. Gilt-lettered blue cloth, pictorial cover label. First Edition. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 1926.

A dietary journal with recipes, instructions, advice, and lined blank pages for the owner to fill out about a baby's diet (through every month of the first year, and then by year through age ten). "Compliments of the Starbird Hospital, King City, Cal." in gilt on lower front cover. Near fine, with charming illustrations. $65.

(San Francisco) Federal Writers Project. Almanac for Thirty-Niners.

 

Illus. with drawings by the WPA Federal Art Project in San Francisco. Pictorial stiff wrappers. First Edition. Stanford: James Ladd Delkin, 1938.

Map of the 1939 World's Fair and Bay Area illustrates rear cover. An almanac that describes the local particulars of each day of the year; not a cookbook, but just too cool to pass up! Very good. $75.

Harris, H.G. & S.P. Borella. All About Pastries.

 

Illus. from photographs & diagrams. Green cloth lettered in white, beveled edges. First Edition. London: Offices of The British Baker, c.1920's.

One of a series by the duo of Harris & Borella about all things baking. Minor insect damage to extremities, else very good & scarce, with professional recipes for the heavy-hitters of pastry, as well as lesser-known specialties like Brussels custard tart, cento foglie tart, strawberry grille, galette fourrie, etc. $200.

Harris, H.G. & S.P. Borella. All About Biscuits.

 

Illus. from photographs & diagrams. Green cloth lettered in white, beveled edges. First Edition. London: Offices of The British Baker, c.1920's.

One of a series by the duo of Harris & Borella about all things baking. Recipes for meringue mushrooms, almond African macaroons, biscuit marzipan, fiches l'orgeat, Shrewsbury wine biscuits, etc. Minor insect damage to extremities, else very good & scarce. $200.

(Chicago) Bronte, Patricia. Vittles and Vice: An Extraordinary Guide to What's Cooking on Chicago's Near North Side.

 

Illus. by Franklin McMahon. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1952.

Nothing says it better than the jacket flap: "As a cook book, it is a rare collector's item for its recipes from the country's most exciting and talked-about restaurants, located in the heart of one of the most notorious areas of America. For the Near North Side is to Chicago what Chicago is to the nation: a vigorous, brawling mixture of good and evil, and a place for the derivation of fresh ideas."Chipping to upper jacket extremities, short closed tear to upper front panel, else very good. $60.

(Beer) La Cerveza y la Industria Cervecera Mexicana.

 

187 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Mexico City: Galas de Mexico, c.1962.

Very good condition - describes the beer industry in Mexico in great detail. $25.

Scurfield, George & Cecilia. Home Baked: A Little Book of Bread Recipes.

 

Illus. by Nora Kay. Jacket. London: Faber & Faber, 1956.

Near fine; a darling book with bread recipes in three sections: English Tea Breads, Wholemeal Breads, and Coffee Breads from Abroad. $40.

(Mushrooms) Robinson, W. Mushroom Culture: its Extension and Improvement.

 

Illus. with wood engravings, incl. frontis. Light purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition. London: Frederick Warne, 1870. An important 19th c. work on growing mushrooms for profit, with chapters on spawning and after-treatment, cave culture, eible and popisonous funghi, etc. Sunning to spine and mild rubbing to extremities, else very good. $125.


 

Bald, Claud. Indian Tea: Its Culture and Manufacture, Being a Text-Book on the Culture and Manufacture of Tea.

 

Illus. from photographs and a folding plan of a factory building. Green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. Calcutta & Simla: Thacker, Spink, 1922.

From pruning and cultivation and planning of tea gardens to drying, manufacturing, packaging and labor - a large tome. A chapter titled “The Cooly” explains how to handle laborers, which is as sad as it is fascinating. Ads for tea machinery in front and rear. Very good. $120. SOLD

(Los Angeles) The Castelar Creche Cook Book.

 

Printed boards. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror, 1922.

The Castelar Creche was a home for homeless babies, opened in 1921 at 818 Castelar St. in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Residents and chefs of L.A contributed recipes, including Delicious Joseph Relish (Joseph Boggia, Chef, The Plaza), Anchovy Baskets (Los Angeles Country Club), Van Nuys Fruit Cocktail (Thomas Cooney, Chef), Cream of Fresh Asparagus, Argenteuil (Louis Hauser, Chef), Clam and Tomato Bisque (Vanity Fair Tea Room), etc. A few spots to covers, else very good. $95.

(San Francisco) Corona Club Cook Book.

 

Frontis. drawing of the Women’s Club. White boards printed in blue. Early Edition. San Francisco: Corona Club, 1922.

Originally published in 1910 and compiled by its members to raise funds for the construction of a club house, the Corona Club Cook Book aimed to provide useful, economical, delicious recipes to each purchaser. Very good. $200.

Maximin, Jacques. Couleurs, Parfums et Saveurs de Ma Cuisine.

 

Illus. with color plates. Boards. First Edition. Paris: Robert Laffont, 1984.

Fine condition; Maximin is one of France's most prominent chefs; he quickly received two Michelin stars at three different restaurants he opened. $75.

(Texas) Houston Parent-Teachers' Association. Cook Book.

 

48 pp. Ads for local businesses throughout. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. El Paso: c.1940's.

Somehow, a very Texas cookbook, starting out with instruction on how to remove bloodstains, and swiftly moving on to cocktails like the Berreteaga Highball, Mint Julep, and a non-alcoholic Coffee Punch. Old tape to long tear along back cover, owner's name to upper front cover; upper 1" corner of title page clipped, else about very good. $30.

Simon, André. The History of the Wine Trade in England.

 

3 vols. Illus. Jackets. London: Holland Press, 1964.

Three in-depth volumes that cover the rise and progress of the wine trade in England from the earliest times through the modern day. Fine. $250.

(Wine) Bright, William. Bright's Single Stem, Dwarf and Renewal System of Grape Culture.

 

Gilt-lettered flexible cloth. Philadelphia: William Bright, 1860. Front cover nearly detached, else good, with wise words on wine. $75.

Huling, Charles. American Candy Maker.

 

356 pp. Illus. with ads in rear for candy equipment. Gilt-lettered red cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: Charles Huling, 1902.

Privately printed in the golden era of candy-making in America, with recipes for lemon rock, iced mallow walnuts, pistachio-top bonbons, vanilla bird eggs, fig chocolates, roasted almond truffles, etc. Very good; scarce. $250.

[Wilcox, Estelle Woods] Buckeye Cookery, with Hints on Practical Housekeeping.

 

Green cloth. Revised & Enlarged Edition. Minneapolis: Buckeye Publishing, 1895.

This was the great mid-American cookbook of its day. It began life as a charity cookbook when, in 1876, the women of the First Congregational Church in Marysville, Ohio, published a cookbook to raise money to build a parsonage. The author, Estelle Woods Wilcox, who grew up in Marysville had moved with her husband to Minneapolis, where he managed the Minneapolis Daily Tribune. The Wilcoxes, who recognized the ongoing potential of the book, bought its copyright and established themselves as the Buckeye Publishing Company, revising and publishing the book for the next twenty-eight years. Rubbing and some offset to covers, small label to spine; joints cracking, else good. $95.

(Wine) Hoare, Clement. A Practical Treatise on the Cultivation of the Grape Vine on Open Walls, to which is added a Descriptive Account of an Improved Method of Planting and Managing the Roots of Grape Vines.

 

Illus. with wood engravings of vines. Calf-backed pictorial boards. Fourth American Edition. Boston: William Ticknor, 1837.

Hoare did important work on American grape vine propagation in the early 19th century. Rubbing to spine & extremities, else about very good. $200.

(Wine) Husmann, George C[harles Frederick]. The Cultivation of the Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines.

 

Green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: American News Co., 1866.

Illus. with numerous engraved plates of grape clusters, etc. Offset to spine area & a bit of insect damage to rear cover, else very good. $75.

(Sugar) Ware, Lewis C. The Sugar Beet: including a History of the Beet Sugar Industry in Europe, varieties of the sugar beet, examination, soils, tillage, seeds and sowing, yield and cost of cultivation, harvesting, transportation, conservation, feeding qualities of the beet and of the pulp, etc.

 

Illus. with 90 wood engravings, incl. folding frontis. of a sugar factory in France. Pebbled cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition. Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1880.

Rubbing to spine head, else very good; scarce. $250.

(Beekeeping) Revue Eclectique d’Apiculture Mensuelle.

 

34 pp. Pictorial peach wrappers. Abonnements: Bureaux a Poitiers, Feb. 1896.

Apiculture in all its glory, including an article on keeping bees in the basilica of Sacre-Coeur. Fine. $85.

Smith, Fred A.G. & Harold H. Smith. Coconuts, the Consols of the East.

 

Foreword by Sir. W.H. Lever. Illus. from photographs of the coconut industry around the world. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. London: “Tropical Life” Publishing, 1912.

A beautiful copy of a fantastic book on one of my favorite subjects: coconuts! $150.

(Sugar) Newlands, John A.R. & Benjamin E.R. Newlands. Sugar: A Handbook for Planters and Refiners, being a Comprehensive Treatise on the Culture of Sugar-Yielding Plants, and the manufacture, refining, and analysis of cane, beet, palm, maple, melon, sorghum, and starch sugars…and a chapter on the Distillation of Rum.

876, pp. with numerous additional ad pp. Illus. from photographs & with 11 plates, some folding, of sugar refining machinery. Pictorially gilt-stamped green cloth. First Edition. London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1909.

An in-depth exploration of the sugar industry at the turn-of-the-century, with detailed folding plates, and wonderful ads for the latest up-to-date equipment. Rubbing to extremities, else very good. Scarce. $300. SOLD

(Vegetarianism) Holbrook, M.L. Eating for Strength: A Book Comprising the Science of Eating, Receipts for Wholesale Cookery, Receipts for Wholesome Drinks, Answers to Ever Recurring Questions

Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. NY: Wood & Holbrook, 1875.

While there is a minor amount of recipes containing meat herein, those are mostly soups or foods for invalids. The majority of recipes are vegetarian, intended for health and strength – both in solid and liquid form. Bookplate & tapes to tears on to front free endpaper, else about very good. $75.

 

Tilden, Joe. Joe Tilden's Recipes for Epicures

 

Printed in red & black, with vignettes, and blank memo pages for adding recipes. Picotiral cloth with image of owl atop a chafing dish. First Edition. San Francisco: A.M. Robertson, 1907.

According to the publisher, Major Joe Tilden was "one of the most famous Bohemians and epicureans of the Pacific Coast." Many recipes are typically San Franciscan, with the influence of Mexican and Spanish dishes like baked sardines, crabs, oysters, etc., as well as interesting recipes for terrapin, frog, and the like. As new - the brightest copy I've ever come across. $150.

Tusser, Thomas. Tusser Redivivus: Being Part of Mr. Thomas Tusser's Five Hundred Points of Husbandry; Directing what Corn, Grass, &c. is Proper to be Sown; What Trees to be Planted; How Lnd is to be Improved: with what ever is fit to be done for the benefit of the Farmer in Every Month of the Year.

 

12 parts (1 part for each month of the year) bound together. [1], 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16; 16 pp. Illus. with woodcut vignettes. Modern speckled calf, morocco spine label. London: J. Morphew, 1710.

A charming format for this book, which was first printed in 1557, giving instructions on farming in England throughout the year. An early adherent of seasonality, Tusser's writing is both witty and informative. Professional repair to upper margin of title page, else near fine. See Aslin, Books on Agriculture published between 1471 and 1840, page 132; Dingley, Historic Books on Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, page 152, No. 638; Cagle, A Matter of Taste, 1034 and 1035; Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography, page 468; Kress Library of Business and Economics, 142 and 439; British Bee Books a Bibliography 1500-1976, pages 34-35. $600.

Tusser, Thomas. Five Hundred Points of Husbandry.

 

[2], 150 pp. Period calf, git-tooled spine, morocco spine label. London: M. Cooper, 1744.

According to bookseller Roger Middleton, "Thomas Tusser (1524–1580) was educated at Eton and at Cambridge and was best known for this instructional poem. On leaving Cambridge he went to court in the service of William, 1st Baron Paget of Beaudesart, as a musician. After ten years of life at court, he married and settled as a farmer in Suffolk. His major work was first published in 1557 as the Hundred Good Pointes of Husbandrie and this was enlarged to the Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry in 1573. Both editions were frequently reprinted. Tusser includes a homely mix of instructions and observations about farming and country customs which offer a fascinating insight into life in Tudor England, and his work records many terms and proverbs in print for the first time (eg: A fool and his money are soon parted). The work is written in verse and takes the form of a calendar with instructions to the farmer on what he should be doing in each month. In August there is a page on the gathering and storing of hops which were only introduced in the early 16th century but are here referred to as a common crop. The section on Houswifery which runs from page 119 to 138 gives instruction and advice on the daily duties of the farmer's wife." Bookplate of A. Sigston Thompson to front free endpaper. Irregular fading to front cover; some darkening to extremities of endpapers, else very good. See Aslin, Books on Agriculture published between 1471 and 1840, page 132; Dingley, Historic Books on Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, page 152, No. 638; Cagle, A Matter of Taste, 1034 and 1035; Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography, page 468; Kress Library of Business and Economics, 142 and 439; British Bee Books a Bibliography 1500-1976, pages 34-35. $400.

Jeaffreson, John Cordy. A Book About the Table. 2 vols.

 

Brown cloth tooled in blind, gilt-lettered spines. First Edition. London: Hurst & Blackett, 1875.

Minor rubbing to spine ends & corners, else a near fine set, with fascinating chapters on the history of table manners and traditions, from the Greeks forward. Medieval menus, Apician precepts, forks and napery, carving and carvers, etc. $450.

[Kenney-Herbert, Colonel Arthur Robert] "Wyvern." Culinary Jottings from Madras: A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles

 

Illus. with vignettes. Pictorially gilt-stamped brown cloth. Second Edition. Madras: Higginbotham, 1879.

First published in 1878, this is one of the most famous Raj-era cookbooks for Englishmen living abroad, and was reprinted hundreds of times. Expertly recased with original spine strip laid-on. Rubbing to corners, general scuffing, else very good; scarce in such an early edition. $400.

(Los Angeles) Pieter, Lou & Mel Kovin, eds. Super Los Angeles Restaurant Guide.

 

Over 200 menus from Los Angeles-area restaurants, each with their particular font. 8x11. pictorial boards. One and only edition. Los Angeles: Western Periodicals, 1968.

Published to present to attendees of the Special Librairies Association at their 59th annual conference in Los Angeles. Menus from restaurants famous and obscure, including Dragon Pearl, the Honker, Panchitos, Lawry's, Au Petit Jean, etc. Near fine; scarce. $200.

De Salis, Mrs. Harriet Anne. The Art of Cookery Past and Present: A Treatise on Ancient Cookery, with Anecdotes of Noted Cooks and Gourmets, Ancient Foods, Menus, etc.

 

Art Nouveau-dec. cloth. First Edition. London: Hutchinson, 1898.

A survey of Greek, Roman, and golden age French gourmands. De Salis (1829-1908) was a popular writer of Victorian-era cookery and household management, and even wrote a history of kissing (!). Faint spot to front cover; offset from news clipping to two interior pages, else near fine. $200.

 

Stern, Frances & Gertrude T. Spitz. Food for the Worker: The Food Values and Cost of a Series of Menus and Recipes for Seven Weeks.

 

Foreword by Lafayette Mendel. Gilt-lettered dark blue cloth. Boston: Whitcomb & Barrows, 1917.

A World War I era book with suggestions for men's and women's meals, including calorie counts, carbs, fat, and protein. Near fine. $75.

 

McLaren, L.L. High Living: Recipes from Southern Climes

 

Preface by Edward H. Hamilton. Decorations by W.S. Wright. Pictorial red cloth. Published for the benefit of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1904.

A charming community cookbook, with editions published on either side of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. The women of the neighborhood association tended to the goats grazing Telegraph Hill at the time, and the wonderful recipes include "Kindeys Los Angeles," "Kaihelo or Fish Sauce (Hawaiian)," and "Mobile Bay Gumbo," which calls for "three fat young squirrels." A bit of fading to spine; bookplate of Waldo Lincoln Collection of American Cookery Books. Very good. $120.

(Forida) Harcourt, Helen. Florida Fruits and How to Raise Them.

 

Cloth. Revised & Enlarged Edition. Louisville, KY: John P. Morton, 1886.

A large portion of the book is dedicated to oranges, including history of the fruit in the state, but chapters are also focused on guavas, bananas, pineapples, Chinese sand pears, grapes, Japanese persimmons, and many more (even olives!). Library-bound in buckram, else very good. $95.

(Cocktails) Terrington, William. Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks: A Collection of Recipes for "Cups" and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds.

Gilt-lettered green cloth. Second Edition. London: Routledge & Sons, 1870.

Brandy, whisky, gin, liqueurs, and wines comprise the ingredients for a very good time in this post-Civil War era cocktail book. Rare - near fine. $400.

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(Mushrooms) Falconer, William. Mushrooms: How to Grow Them. A Practical Treatise: Mushroom Culture for Profit and Pleasure.

Illus. with engravings & from photographs of mushrooms. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1907.

Fine condition, with detailed information particular to American mushroom-growing. $120.

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Sloan, Earl S. Sloan’s Handy Hints.

 

48 pp. Illus. with ads for Sloan’s liniment. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Boston: Dr. Earl Sloan, 1901.

Iconic typography and graphics of the era, with ads throughout for the author’s medications to cure rheumatism in people and horses. Minor staining to extremities, else very good. An amazing survival. $75.

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Boulestin, X. Marcel. What Shall We Have To-Day: 365 Recipes for All the Days of the Year.

 

Frontis. pochoir print in pink and green. Jacket. Third Edition. London: William Heinemann, 1933.

Old clear tape to spine head, else fine in very good, scarce jacket. $75.

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The Ladies’ Note-Book and Calendar with Select Receipts and Household Information.

 

24 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Buffalo: World’s Dispensary Medical Association, 1881.

All-American recipes for squash and pumpkin pies, baked Indian pudding, and medical advice, with ads from the medical company that published the book. Chipping to corners, faint stain to front wrapper, else goo. $40.

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Breakfast and Dinner Parties, Teas, Suppers, Luncheons and Receptions, Dainties and Desserts.

 

72 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing, 1888.

Chipping and closed tears to wrappers and a couple pages, else good. $35.

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The U-Need-Me Cook Book, Containing Over Five Hundred Valuable Receipts.

 

124 pp. Illus. with wood engravings. Oblong chromolithograph wrappers. Second Edition. Milwaukee: Zions Church Evangelical Ass’n, c.1910.

Contributions from church members include beet relish, pickled muskmelon, hot-cross buns, fried green tomatoes, etc., with several manuscript recipes in pencil to free spaces. Some chipping & wear to extremities, else very good. $75.

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(Temperance) Ladies of the M.W.C.T.U. Utile Dulci. Massachussetts Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Cuisine: A Compilation of Valuable Recipes Known to be Reliable, together with reports, constitution, by-laws, etc.

Profusely illus. with ads from Boston businesses, incl. temperance coffee rooms, temperance books, etc. Filled with not just recipes, but minutes of meetings and cures for all sorts of ailments. Fraying to spine ends, rubbing to corners and extremities; hinges starting, else about very good; scarce. $400.

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(Menu) Swayze’s for Fine Foods Menu.

 

One folded sheet printed on 4 sides. Albuquerque: Swayze’s Franciscan Dining Room, c.1940’s.

Inscription from one group of friends to another, memorializing their trip together. Breakfast fare from the Southwest. Fine. $20.

Whitney, Mrs. A.D.T. Just How: A Key to the Cook-Books.

 

Gilt-lettered brick cloth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1878.

A book of cookbook grammar that pledges to “take up the very ABC of its etymology; to give its part of speech; to show the elementary principles of its syntax.” With New England recipes for clam chowder, plain raised doughnuts, cranberry sauce, roast turkey, etc. Front joint starting, else about very good. $45.

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Housekeepers’ Almanac and Family Receipt Book for the Year 1854.

 

36 pp. Illus. with woodcuts. Pictorial wrappers. Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1854.

Pre-Civil War recipes for election cake, Washington cake, floating island, strawberry ice cream, Indian dumplings, rennet or wine custards, etc. A fascinating look at American foodways in the mid-Nineteenth century. Dog-earing to extremities, foxing, else near very good. $75.

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Fisher & Bros. Fisher & Brother’s House-Keeper’s Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1861.

 

34 pp. 1861. * Another copy. 34 pp. 1862. Together, 2 vols. Illus. with wood engravings. Pictorial wrappers. Philadelphia: Fisher & Brother, 1861 & 1862. Civil War-era recipes for the kitchen and the rest of the house as well: how to cure gout, how to keep eggs, “death to the bugs,” an antidote to poison, cucumber catsup, lemon pies, green corn omelet, and yes, blackberry diarrhea cordial. You’re welcome. Dog-earing to pages, foxing, still near very good – rather remarkable survivals. $120.

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Finn, Frank. The Game Birds of India and Asia.

 

Illus. from photographs. Cloth-backed pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Calcutta: Thacker & Spink, 1911.

From the Tibetan partridge to the green jungle-fowl, the Japanese quail to copper pheasant, this little guide covers everything a hunter would need to know about their prey. Near fine. $80.


(New Orleans) Eustis, Celestine. Cooking in Old Créole Days, La Cuisine Créole à l’Usage des Petits Ménager.

 

Illus. with line drawings by Harper Pennington on frontis. and seven others throughout. Blue-grey pictorial boards, gilt-lettered spine. Former owner Lady Cambridge’s signature, in pencil, on front free endpaper. First Edition. NY: R.H. Russell, 1904.

Bitting, p. 148. Food historian Lynn Nelson calls this ultimate exposition of early 20th century Louisiana Creole cuisine a “reflection of [Eustis’] Creole heritage, New Orleans background, French living, and privileged lifestyle”. The classic recipes (including jambalaya, oyster dishes, pot au feu and gumbo) frequently credit the African-American cooks that helmed the well-staffed kitchens of wealthy New Orleans society. With tissue-guarded illustrations of purveyors and domestic scenes, musical notations of Creole songs and a menu from 1898, for a dinner held for delegates of the New Orleans Press Club. In French and English. An absolute treasure. Owner’s name & date (“Bird Weyler, Dec. 25, 1904”) to front free endpaper. Offset to extremities of front endpapers, else fine. $400. SOLD


(Oakland) Kramer, Mrs. P.J., ed. Oakland Federation of Mothers’ Clubs and Parent-Teacher Associations.

 

Printed wrappers. Oakland: 1921.

Printed as a souvenir of the 22nd annual convention of the California Congress of Mothers. Recipes for Garfield jam cake, hurry-up cake, tamale loaf, American chop suey, etc. Tears to a couple of pages, else good. $60.

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National Canners Association. Canners Directory and Lists of Members of the Canning Machinery and Supplies Association and the National Food Brokers Association, 1943.

 

Illus. with numerous ads for canning equipment. Red cloth. Washington: National Canners Association, 1943.

Fine condition. $35.

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(Nebraska) Pauline’s Practical Book of the Culinary Art for Clubs, Home or Hotels.

 

Cloth. First Edition. Omaha: 1919.

Near fine, with rules for hostesses and employees, table settings, menu suggestions for various types of gatherings, etc. $60.

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(Cocktails) Fleishman, Joseph. The Art of Blending and Compounding Liquors and Wines, showing how all the favorite brands and various grades of whiskeys, brandies, wines &c. &c., are prepared by dealers and rectifiers for the trade, giving directions for making all the ingredients used in their preparation, and valuable information concerning Whiskeys in Bond.

Gilt-lettered brown cloth. First Edition. NY: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1885. A how-to-guide for the mixing of liquors, in order to increase one's profit margin. The author writes: "Very few persons, outside of those engaged in the wholesale trade, understand what is meant by blending and compounding liquors. The moment a barrel of liquor leaves the bonded warehouse, the first thing thought of, and done, is to reduce its cost. The blender knows how to make the bonded liquor produce a profit of 25 to 50 per cent. on the amount he paid for it, and frequently a great deal more.The object of this work is to give the dispenser of liquors thorough and practical information, by which he will be enabled to compound and blend liquors for his own purposes, and thus secure the additional profit, and at the same time produce as good an article as the market affords - if not better." The book is full of recipes for adulterating various liquors and wines, complete with cost equivalents for the end-product. Crease down center of front cover, still good & quite scarce. Old rubber stamp of "Napa Valley Wine Vaults" to front free endpaper. $400.

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(Beverages) Wiley, Harvey W. Beverages and their Adulteration.

 

Origin, Composition, Manufacture, Natural, Artificial, Fermented, Distilled, Alkaloidal and Fruit Juices. 421 pp. Gilt-lettered cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston’s Son, 1919.

Coffee, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, wine, brandy, mineral waters, etc., all explored in-depth. Fascinating; near fine. $200.

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(Beverages) Moore, Helen Watkeys. On Uncle Sam’s Water Wagon: 500 Recipes for Delicious Drinks Which can be Made at Home.

 

Cloth. First Edition. NY: Putnam’s, 1919.

Egg drinks, cocoas, sundaes, fruit drinks, cider, punch, etc. – all non-alcoholic. Very good. $120.

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(Colorado) Junior Missionary Society of the Augustana Lutheran Church. The Jubilee Cook Book.

121 pp. Illus. with ads for local businesses. Cloth-backed green printed wrappers. First Edition. Denver: 1928.

Three manuscript recipes to rear memoranda pages. Quick coffee cake, carrot pudding, lamb pie dinner, German dumplings, and other stick-to-your-ribs fare. Very good. $60.

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(Philadelphia) Thos. C. Fluke & Co. Groceries and Table Delicacies: Catalogue and Price List, November 1906. 48 pp. • Another copy. January 1907.

48 pp. Printed wrappers. Philadelphia: 1906-07. From prunes to root beer, jarred California white cherries to raspberry vinegar, Fluke’s grocery store carried just about everything a turn-of-the-century gourmand could want. Vol. I with burn mark to front wrapper, else good; other very good. $65.

(Rice) Recipe Book: White House Rice Products.

 

96 pp. Illus. Pictorial wrappers. Houston: Standard Rice Co., c.1920’s.

Standard Rice had mills across the rice belt, in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. White House Rice came in white, natural brown, rice puffs, rice flour, flakes and ricena, reflecting a health movement in the country at the time. Very good and bright. $40.

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(Rice) Rice and How to Cook It.

 

Illus. from photographs and drawings of the primitive & modern methods of planting, cultivating & milling. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. New Orleans: Louisiana State Rice Milling Co., 1919.

48 pp. A thorough description of the rice industry is accompanied by recipes for “Trembly Truck,” rice lemon pie, rice fritters, chili con carne, etc. Chipping to upper extremities, else about very good. $75.


(Rice) How to Cook Rice, Presented by the Louisiana Rice Exhibit, New Orleans.

 

Gilt-stamped & embossed white oblong wrappers. First Edition. NY: H.R. Elliott, c.1893.

My best guess is this is a souvenir from the World’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893 (alternately, it could have been issued for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition). Recipes include jambalaya au congri, gumbo soup, rice fritters, and “Belle calas; tout chaud,” described herein: “Under this cry is sold by the old Creole negro women in the French portion of New Orleans every morning, this tasty dish.” Near fine. $85.


(Rice) Passenger Department of the Southern Pacific Sunset Route. Rice Cook Book: Two Hundred Receipts for Preparing Rice.

 

66 pp. Illus. with numerous photographs of rice growing along the “rice belt,” with map on rear wrapper outlining the region between Texas and Louisiana. Houston: S.B. Morse, 1901.

With plentiful ads for rice and rice products in the South, as well as hotels, etc. Near fine – bright and scarce. $150.


 

Neil, Marion H. Candies and Bonbons and How to Make Them.

Illus. from photographs. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1913.

Very good condition, with candying instructions for making crystallized mint, rose, and violet leaves, chocolate rocks, ribbon creams, etc. $75.

 

(Ohio) Reliable Recipes for Hamilton House Keepers.

Printed wrappers. Hamilton, OH: News & Telegraph Publishing, 1889.

79, [2] ad pp. Recipes include green tea, orange marmalade, little pigs in blankets (which were oysters back then), chocolate caramel cake, corn dodgers, coffee, etc. Expected wear to wrappers, else good; scarce & not found in any of the usual references. $250.

 

Owen, Catharine. A Key to Cooking that will Unlock Many Kitchen Mysteries.

60 pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Springfield, MA: Clark W. Bryan, 1886.

Ms. Owen was a prolific cookbook author in the late 19th century, perhaps most famous for Catherine Owen’s New Cookbook, printed in 1885. This much-lesser known imprint in in neither Cagle nor Bitting. Very good; scarce. $200.

 

Darrah, Juanita. Modern Baking Powder An Effective, Healthful Leavening Agent, including the occurrence of aluminum compounds in foods and their effect on health.

Illus. from photographs of grains. Gilt-lettered red cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Commonwealth Press, 1927.

A scientific look at the nutritious benefits of baking powder. Fascinating! $45.

(Florida) The Best Yet Cook Book: An Every Day Guide, for the Millions to Economical and Practical Cooking. Ads for Smyrna businesses throughout.

Printed wrappers. First Edition. New Smyrna, FL: 1906. Recipes for Jeff Davis pudding, orange cake, pork and beans, cove oyster salad, quince honey, Spanish pickles, etc. New Smyrna Beach occupies a notable place in history as the site of the largest single attempt a colonial settlement in what is now the United States. Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and entrepreneur, obtained a grant of land from the British Crown. In 1768 he established a colony of 1,225 immigrants on the coastal plantations at New Smyrna, with a view toward the commercial production of such crops as corn, indigo, rice, hemp, and cotton. But for the next two decades, sugar plantations ruled the day, until Seminoles destroyed the town. Today, it is known for citrus and tourism, with a glistening beach. Slight warping to pages, staples rusting away, else about very good. Scarce. $100.

 

(Florida) The Ladies’ Guild of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Dainty Dishes.

46 pp. Scattered ads for Sanford businesses. First Edition. Sanford, FL: c.1915. In 1870, Henry Shelton Sanford purchased the land west of Mellonville. He planned a new city "the Gate City of South Forida," which he believed would become the transportation hub for all of southern Florida. Mr. Sanford's greatest interest in Florida was the development of Belair, a citrus grove and experimental garden near Sanford. More than 140 varieties of citrus, including the Valencia orange, were tested for adaptability to the Florida climate. By the first decade of the 20th century, Sanford was one of the largest vegetable shipping centers in the United States, and received the nickname "Celery City" for the most successful crop. Recipes reflect the diverse population: Mexican chocolate, Calabaza dulce, hot tamales, chop suey, cocoanut cream candy, stuffed dates, ground peanut candy, shrub of nectar, Jamaica ginger beer, etc. Fine. $75.

(Georgia) Home Dept. of the Ladies’ Missionary Society of the Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga. The Southern Housekeeper, a Book of Tested Recipes.

139, [9] ad pp. , [10] “Fragments” pp. with manuscript recipes in contemporary pencil hand. First Edition. Atlanta: Franklin Printing, 1898.

Orig. gilt-lettered brown cloth, professionally rebacked with orig. spine strip laid-on, corners repaired. One of the earliest mentions of the PB sandwich was in The Southern Housekeeper, an Atlanta cookbook which featured recipes for Smothered chicken,, Saratoga Chips (potato chips) and an advertisement for a new beverage called Coca-Cola. Manuscript recipes in rear include Peach Shortcake, chopped pickle, Japanese cake, etc. Rubbing to covers but nicely restored and quite rare. $600.

(Confectionery) Ragsdale, W. Hillyer. Ragsdale’s Original Scientific Course of Candy Manufacturing

Instructions. 4 vols. Portfolio size with metal screw hinges at tops. Mimeographed long sheets. East Orange, NJ: Ragsdale Candies, c. 1920’s.

With ephemera from the company advertising various supplies and equipment, with order forms, and T.pc.s. to a prospective student. Very good, chock full of information for the aspiring professional candymaker. $150.


 

Austin, Thomas, ed. Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books: HARLEIAN MS. 279 (AB. 1430), & HARL. MS. 4016 (AB. 1450), with Extracts from ASHMOLE MS. 1429, LAUD MS. 553, & DOUCE MS. 55.

 

First Edition. Cloth. London: Early English Text Society, 1888. $150.

 


Apicius. Caelii Apicii De opsoniis et condimentis sive arte coquinaria libri X. Cum lectionibus variis atque indice edidit Joannes Michael Bernhold.

 

xiv, [2], 230 pp. Period vellum, hand-lettered spine. Marcobraitae : Joan. Val. Knenlein, 1787.

The foods described in the book are useful for reconstructing the dietary habits of the ancient world around the Mediterranean, but the recipes are geared for the wealthiest classes, and a few contain what were exotic ingredients at that time (e.g., flamingo). This is the last edition of Apicius to reprint the 1542 Humelberg text, and therefore closes the Renaissance tradition for the author. Joannes Michael Bernhold (1736-97) was, according to the Oxford Journal, a relatively obscure German physician who published several works. In his introduction, he claims that the editor of this edition, while not listed on the title page, was Andreas Goetz of Nuremberg (1698-1780); in any case, either of the editors seemed to follow Martin Lister’s lead. Darkening to spine, else near fine. Two copies located in world libraries. $950.


Blencowe, Ann. The Receipt Book of Mrs. Ann Blencowe, A.D. 1694.

Intro. by George Saintsbury.Gilt-lettered boards, jacket. No. 120 of 650 copies. London: The Adelphi, Guy Chapman, 1925.
A recipe book typifying the cookbooks of the 17th century in England, with recipes for Cowslip Wine, Honeycomb Cakes, Flummery, etc. Near fine. Bitting p.44. $145.


Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, ed. The Feasts of Autolycus: The Diary of a Greedy Woman.

Woodcut title page. Gilt-lettered Art Nouveau-dec.. green & red cloth. First Edition. London & NY: John Lane & Merriam, 1896.
Pennell's place in the literary history of cooking and eating has recently been reappraised, as she "paved the way for food writers such as Elizabeth David, M. F. K. Fisher, and Jane Grigson," according to Jacqueline Block Williams. Pennell "aimed to reconfigure meals as high art, employing the language of aestheticism to turn eating into an act of intellectual appreciation." Rubbing to spine ends and a bit to corners; bookplate to front free endpaper, else very good and bright; scarce. $300.


Marshall, Mrs. A.B. Mrs. A.B. Marshall’s Larger Book of Extra Recipes.

 

656 pp. Frontis. gravure port. Profusely illus. with wood engravings. 10x6 ¼, later half red calf & cloth, gilt-tooled spine, morocco spine label. First Edition. London: Marshall’s School of Cookery and Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co., [1891].

"An entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor, Agnes Marshall was probably the foremost Victorian cookbook writer, and made unique contributions to the development of ices and ice cream. She apparently originated the edible ice-cream cone. [Her] Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes, as much a prestige publication as a practical cookbooks, and aimed at the haute cuisine end of the market." (Alice Arndt. Culinary Biographies, p. 257-8). Bitting p.310. A bit of foxing, later endpapers, else near fine; a massive and substantial volume of Victorian-era cookery. $450.


Marshall, Mrs. A.B. Mrs. A.B. Marshall’s Larger Book of Extra Recipes.

 

656 pp. Frontis. gravure port. Profusely illus. with wood engravings. 10x6 ¼, orig. gilt-lettered green cloth. London: Marshall’s School of Cookery and Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co., [c.1890’s].

"An entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor, Agnes Marshall was probably the foremost Victorian cookbook writer, and made unique contributions to the development of ices and ice cream. She apparently originated the edible ice-cream cone. [Her] Larger Cookery Book of Extra Recipes, as much a prestige publication as a practical cookbooks, and aimed at the haute cuisine end of the market." (Alice Arndt. Culinary Biographies, p. 257-8). Bitting p.310. A bit of foxing, later endpapers, else near fine; a substantial volume of Victorian-era cookery. $350.

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(Golden Cockerel Press) Swift, Jonathan. Directions to Servants.

 

Illus. with wood-block cuts by John Nash. Quarter vellum & green boards, gilt-lettered spine. No. 230 of 350 copies printed by A.C. Cooper for the Golden Cockerel Press. Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press, 1925.

Swift began this essay in 1731, and by the time he died 14 years later, it was still unfinished (he was busy). Irregular fading to boards, else very good, with gorgeous illustrations by Nash. $250.

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[Philp, Robert Kemp]. The Family Save-All: A System of Secondary Cookery supplying excellent dishes for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, and supper from cold and other fragments: with invaluable hints for economy in the use of every article of household consumption.

 

Gilt-stamped blindstamped green cloth. London: W. Kent, 1861.

The “Invaluable Hints” section provides handy advice such as “Avoid Arsenical Green Paper Hangings” and “Ale and Beer Brewed in a Tea Kettle.” The recipe section is diverse, with instruction on making everything from “Various Ways of Cooking and Serving Sweetbreads” and “An Excellent Pie from the Remains of a Calf’s Head,” to “Mint and other Vinegars for Culinary Purposes.” Profit & loss charts are even provided for the raising of poultry. Fading to spine, else about very good. $95.

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[Philp, Robert Kemp]. The Family Save-All: A System of Secondary Cookery supplying excellent dishes for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, and supper from cold and other fragments: with invaluable hints for economy in the use of every article of household consumption.

 

Modern ¾ red morocco & cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Twelfth Thousand. London: Houlston & Wright, 1869.

The “Invaluable Hints” section provides handy advice such as “Avoid Arsenical Green Paper Hangings” and “Ale and Beer Brewed in a Tea Kettle.” The recipe section is diverse, with instruction on making everything from “Various Ways of Cooking and Serving Sweetbreads” and “An Excellent Pie from the Remains of a Calf’s Head,” to “Mint and other Vinegars for Culinary Purposes.” Profit & loss charts are even provided for the raising of poultry. Fading to spine, else about very good. $95.

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[Rundell, Maria Eliza Ketelby]. The New Family Receipt-Book, Containing Seven Hundred Truly Valuable Receipts in Various Branches of Domestic Economy.

 

xliii, [1], 419, [1] ad pp. Period ¾ calf & marbled boards, morocco spine label. London: Squire & Warwick for John Murray, 1810.

There are 28 chapters covering many fields, including numerous recipes and food preservation, cleaning and preservation of household items; the cleaning of prints and books, the making of marbled paper; raising canaries; raising livestock; extermination; and household remedies for injuries and disease. According to Anne Willan in The Cookbook Library, Mrs. Rundell was the leader of a new movement of books on household economy for the Victorian home. “The tone of these books continued to be encouraging but tinged with the self-righteousness that was to characterize Victorian culture.” A bit of rubbing, else very good; a scarce title in first edition. $800.

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[Kitchiner, William]. The Cook’s Oracle; containing Receipts for Plain Cookery on the Most Economical Plan for Private Families; also the Art of Composing the Most Simple and Most Highly Finished Broths, Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, and Flavoring Essences: Pastry, Preserves, Puddings, &c. and an Easy, Certain, and Economical Process for preparing Pickles in which they will be ready in a fortnight, and remain good for years.

 

xii, 371 pp. Period calf, morocco spine label. Early American Edition, preceeded by editions of 1822 and 1823 in various American cities. NY: Evert Duyvkinck, George Long, E. Bliss & E. White, 1825.

The most famous of Kitchiner's numerous cookery books, The Cook's Oracle first appeared in 1817 and went through many editions, even after his death. It was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity with the entire process, from shopping, through preparing and serving the dishes, to cleaning up. It was an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and was mined by the writers of other household guides.” -ODNB. This American edition was taken from the fifth English edition. Bitting p.262. Rubbing and cracking to leather binding; foxing, good. $400.

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Salles, Prosper & Prosper Montagne. La Grande Cuisine Illustree.

 

533 pp. Illus. with wood engravings by V. Morin. Quarter morocco & cloth, gilt-lettered & tooled spine. First Edition. Monaco: A. Chene, 1900.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "After Carême, the two men who probably had the greatest impact on French gastronomy and that of the world at large were Prosper Montagné and Georges-Auguste Escoffier. Montagné was one of the great French chefs of all time, and he achieved a secure place in gastronomic history by creating Larousse Gastronomique (1938), the basic encyclopaedia of French gastronomy." A bit of rubbing to extremities, else very good. $500.

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Murrey, Thomas. Practical Carving.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: Frederick Stokes, 1887.
One of the rarer in the series, with instructions on carving and butchering. Very good and bright. $200.

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(Illinois) The Illinois State Journal Cook Book and Home Guide: Prize Recipes 1933.

Illus. with ads for local businesses in Chicago. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. 300 prize recipes contributed by readers of the Illinois State Journal. Vary good. $45.

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(New York) McClelland, Alice Wilder, ed. Harmony Circle Cook Book: A Collection of Choice Tested Recipes, contributed by the members and their friends.

Illus. with frontis. facsimile of a handwritten recipe on Pyster Bay, Long Island stationery, and with ads for New York food businesses in rear. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: c.1900.

Lobster Bisque, Brunswick Stew (with squirrels), Blueberry Charlotte, Christmas Pudding, etc. A bit of fading to spine & rubbing to extremities, else very good; charming. $95.

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Morris, Josephine. Household Science and Arts.

Illus. with color plates of Boston meat cuts. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: American Book Co., 1913.
American recipes and techniques for Boston brown bread, orange frosting, etc., and with incredible color plates with Boston meat cuts. Hand-made library pocket to front pastedown, with offset to facing page. Very good. $35.

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(WWI) Rush, Jane. ​The Cook Book.​

 

Printed in red & black. Gilt-stamped pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Jane Rush, 1918.

Rush was the president of the Massachusetts Auxiliary, Navy Relief Society. Her cookbook is filled with economy recipes for corn muffins, peanut candy, kidneys on toast, and a variety of pastas, unusual for that era. Near fine. $75.

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(WWI - Philadelphia) Hitchcock, Mrs. Nevada Davis. The Record War-time Cook Book.

 

Vertically oblong cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Record, 1918.

Blank pages interleaved for clippings. Oysters, hamburgers, nut and fruit puddings, beans, etc. Soiling, else about very good. $60.

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(WWI) Le Cercle Français. Aunt Betty's Cook Book.

 

Duo-tone red & blue cloth. First Edition. Cincinnati: Bacharach Press, 1918.

Le Cercle Français was a sub-committee of the American Fund for French Wounded. Recipes include sweetbreads, mock turtle soup, tutti frutti punch, coffee jelly, French beets, barley scones, etc. Fine. $60.

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(WWII) American Women of Blockaded Berlin. Operation Vittles Cook Book.

Illus. from drawings and photographs of Berlin in wartime. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Berlin: 1949.
Compiled by the American women of blockaded Berlin, and “Dedicated to the happy group of wives who attempted to obtain American meals by slaying the dragons of language, old utensils, ovens sans thermometers, conflicting opinions, etc., ad infinitum….” Very good. $95.

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(WWI) U.S. Food Administration. Food Saving and Sharing: Telling How the Older Children of America May Help Save from Famine their Comrades in Allied Lands Across the Sea.

Illus. incl. frontis. "Hunger Map of Europe." Dec. boards. First Edition. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1918. Piece of boards lacking from upper spine, rubbing to front cover; front free endpaper clipped, else very good. $45.

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(WWI) Doddridge, Amelia. Liberty Recipes.

 

Illus. from photographs. Gilt-lettered cloth. First Edition. Cincinnati: Stewart & Kidd, 1918.

Recipes for liberty include barley Parker House rolls, date pudding, pea and peanut salad, shepherd's pie, etc. Pencil notes to some recipes, else very good. $60.

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(Pastry) The Helper for Confectioners and Bakers.

 

67 pp. Illus. with engravings of fancy cake designs and fantastic ads for baking products, printed in red and black. Large pictorial wrappers. Chicago: Aug. 1895.

Information for professional bakers, with a diverse picture of the industry through ads and information of the time. Short tears and some marginal discoloration, piece of lower corner of rear wrapper lacking, closed tears along spine, still about very good; rare. $120.

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(Pastry) Osborn, Mrs. Grace. Cakes of Quality: How to Make Them.

47 pp. Illus. Stiff wrappers. First Edition. Bay City, MI: C.F. Porter, 1919.
Detailed instructions for making Klondike Cake, My Mother's Coffee Cake, Mahogany Cake, etc. Orig. order form and pamphlet enclosed. Very good. $60.

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Harper, H.W. Universal Recipe Book, containing Recipes Valuable to Every Tradesman, Artist, Merchant, and Lady.

Four bright color ads for colognes and hair tonics. Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. Boston: Geo. B. Oakes, 1869.

A manual of reference not only for housekeepers and orchard-keepers, but also, incongruously, for barbers and hairdressers. Advice on everything from keeping apples from freezing and training grape vines to making perfumed oils for hair, pomades for the cure of baldness, etc. About half the book is devoted to hair recipes and advice. General shelfwear, else good - unusual. $65.

Hale, Mrs. Sarah J. Mrs. Hale's New Cook Book: A Practical System for Private Families in Town and Country; with Directions for Carving, and Arranging the Table for Parties, etc. Also, Preparations of Food for Invalids and for Children.

[xvi]-526, [2] ad pp. Illus. with numerous wood engravings. Blindstamped brown cloth, gilt-lettered & pictorially stamped spine. Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Bros., [1872]. Copyright page is dated 1859, but an ad in rear is dated 1872.

Chipping to spine ends (particularly at hear), still very good, with a wealth of information about Civil War-era cooking. Mrs. Hale’s New Cook Book was written by one of the most well-known and prolific authors of the day. Sarah Josepha Hale sought to combine two of the most important trends in mid-19th century American culture: healthy living through a simple, hearty diet and frugality. Throughout the extensive work, Hale also promotes the importance of the role of housekeeping as the way “to make people love home and feel happy there.” With chapters such as Cookery for Children, Dinner Parties and Carving, and The Dairy, Mrs. Hale’s New Cook Book filled a void to provide middle class housekeepers a resource for healthy, simple, and inexpensive recipes. Some of the recipes included in this treasured tome include: almond sponge cake, pickled salmon, beef stew, sweet potato pudding, and Kringles. Besides recipes for wholesome food, the cookbook also contains tips for washing carpets, treating common ailments, smoking meats, cleaning household items, working with the helping, and more essential information for housekeepers of the mid-19th century. $200.

(Ohio) Household Journal. Aunt Jane's Cook Book.

 

64pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Springfield, OH: Central Publishing, 1909.

White Mountain Cake, Velvet Cake, Rhubarb Pie, Alice's Pie-Plant Pie, Cranberry Pie, Squirrel Stew, Broiled Woodcocks, Western Beef Soup, Peach Sherbet, and Green Tomato Chow-Chow are among the American recipes published by Springfield's Household Journal. Date of May 1913 in ink, and short tear, to upper front wrapper, else very good. $45.

Henderson, W.A. Common Sense in the Kitchen; being a complete treatise on the Art of Cooking Every Variety of Food in Common Use in a Palatable and Digestible Manner at a Reasonable Cost.

 

337, [1]; The New Family Receipt Book 3-58, [14] index pp. Illus. with wood engravings of carving instructions, incl. frontis. of a side of beef hanging (with head hanging separately), cuts delineated. Gilt-dec. brick cloth. First Edition. NY: Hurst, 1870.

Green Almond Tarts, Fennel Sauce, roasted larks, Gooseberry Wine, lampreys, scalloped oysters, and how "To Keep Green Peas Until Christmas," as well as detailed carving instructions and home remedies distinguish this American cookery book. Chipping to spine ends, rubbing to corners; hinge cracked in center, thus good, but scarce. $95.

(West Virginia) Melville, Mrs. E.C., ed. The Modern Housekeeper. 4 vols., comprising Vol. 1, Nos. 3, 5, 6-7, and 8-9.

 

String-bound printed wrappers. Each volume covers a different subject: candy, puddings, salads & vegetables, and fruit recipes & preserving. Ravenswood, WV (nos. 3 and 5) & Washington, D.C. (nos. 6-9): Modern Housekeeper, Dec. 1909-June 1910.

All-American recipes include quince jelly, peach cobbler, brittle candy, maple mousse, dandelion salad, etc. Fine; scarce as a set. $250.

(Indiana) Voigt, Richard. R. Voigt's Practical Recipes for Bakers.

 

Flexible red cloth. [Indianapolis & Louisville: Bessire & Co., c.1910].

Jelly doughnuts, German rolls, Philadelphia Pound Cake, New England Sponge Cake, Ginger Snaps, Muskmelon Cake and Peach Blows - all recipes for the professional baking trade. Near fine. $65.

The Grocer's Companion and Merchant's Handbook.

 

Chromolithograph frontis. of a coffee plant. Gilt-lettered gray cloth. First Edition. Boston: New England Grocer Office, 1883.

A comprehensive list of items grocers might stock, with their histories, backgrounds, and general pricing. From allspice to root beer extract to truffles and even turtle, this has it all. Fading to spine, else very good. $250.

Ward, Artemas. The Grocers' Hand-Book and Directory for 1883.

 

Chromolithograph frontis. of a coffee plant, as well as a couple other plates showing spices, nuts and cheeses. Gilt-lettered pebbled green cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Grocer, 1882.

Licorice used to be spelled "Liquorice." Thousands of tons of Limburger Cheese were produced annually in New York and Wisconsin by 1882 to feed the German-American masses. Gin was mainly imported from Holland and was the most adulterated liquor in the world. Pretzels were actually a mispronunciation of "Bretzels," so called because their shape resembles a "B". This and other fascinating facts are illuminated for the grocer of Victorian America. Near fine. $250.

(German-American) Davidis, Henriette. Praktisches Kochbuch für die Deutschen in Amerika.

 

Gilt-lettered pebbled green cloth. First Edition. Milwaukee: Georg Brumder's Verlag, 1879.

Title translates to "Practical Cookbook for the Germans In America." Compiled and adapted for the U.S., with weights and measures in American equivalent, with an appendix of selected recipes of peculiarly American dishes. Hundreds of characteristically German dishes are here as well, so the German immigrant to the Midwest could feel at home in a new land. Front free endpaper detached but present, else very good. $150.

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(Massachusetts) The People's Cook Book of Practical Receipts for Every-Day Dishes.

 

Illus. with numerous engraved ads for items sold at the department store of Flint & Barker.

Pictorial wrappers posing the question, "Do you keep house? If not, why not?" Worcester, Mass: Flint & Barker, c.1870-80's. Distributed as an advertising brochure by Flint & Barker, Housefurnishers, Worcester, Mass. Interspersed with numerous advertisements for Victorian furnishings.A bit of discoloration to wrappers, minor tape repairs to spine, else very good and quite scarce. $95.

Hoyt, J.K. The Romance of the Table, in Three Parts: Breakfast, Dinner, Tea.

445 pp. Engraved title page. Gilt-lettered & pictorially stamped beveled green cloth. First Edition. New Brunswick, NJ: Times Publishing, 1872.

Hoyt was the editor of the New Brunswick Times, and uses the approach of a novel to illustrate etiquette and hostess expectations in America post-Civil War. Small tears to cloth at spine head, else fine and bright. $200.

Elliott, R.N. Tea Room and Cafeteria Management.

Jacket. First Edition. Boston: Little Brown, 1927.

A darling book that was part of a series issued to managers of tea and lunch rooms advising them on everything from quantity recipes to costs and accounting. Foxing and short tears & chips to jacket, else fine in good but scarce jacket. $75.

Hood's Cook Book. Nos. 1, 2, and 3. ● High Street Cook Book.

 

Printed wrappers. Lowell, MA: C.I. Hood & Co., 1885 & c.1880's. 4 vols. total.

C.I. Hood & Co. turned out an amazing variety of medicines, but the standard bearer, and mainstay of the company for over half a century, was Hood's Sarsaparilla. They were Lowell's claim to fame, and in 1882-1883, the company constructed a five-story building, known as Hood's Laboratory. It was continuously enlarged, and by the turn-of-the-century, the final building had a total floor area of 175,000 square feet, making it the largest building in the world dedicated to the manufacture and sale of patent medicine. This building contained an automatic bottling machine capable of filling 10,000 bottles a day. It also included eighteen tanks, in which sarsaparilla was prepared, which had a capacity of 420,000 bottles. Near fine. $75.

Corson, Juliet. Juliet Corson's New Family Cook Book.

Gilt-lettered brown cloth. First Edition. NY: George Munro, 1885.

"Roast quail with bread sauce," "stewed tripe, Creole style," ""roast duck with currant jelly," "New England ginger cookies," etc. Some fading to spine, else very good. $85.

(Bread) Ward Baking Co. Bread Facts.

A few illustrations in rear of the Ward Baking Company. Gilt-lettered boards, gilt-stamped wheat sheaf on cover. NY: Ward Baking Co., 1920.

The introduction proudly begins, “The American baking industry found itself during the war. The fundamental importance of bread as the main food, the lowest-price food, the food which contains more of the elements of nutrition needed in the daily diet of both young and old than any other single food of general consumption was proclaimed by government agencies in every country.” A few faint spots to front cover, slightly darker one to rear cover, else very good. $75.

Leslie, Eliza. Domestic French Cookery, Chiefly Translated from Sulpice Barué.

[5]-468 pp. Illus. with 5 woodcuts of meat charts for venison, beef, mutton, pig and veal. Period calf, leather spine label. Third Edition, with improvements. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1838.

120 pp. Original boards, printed paper spine & cover labels. First Edition. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1832. Following the success of Miss Leslie’s previous cookbook on American sweets, the author turned to French recipes from Monsieur Barué, who was the editor of a French classic called La Cuisiniere de la Campagne et de la Ville. Miss Leslie’s translation was so popular, it went through at least 6 printings in 23 years. A chapter of liqueurs is particularly charming, with recipes for rose cordial, quince cordial, and the like. Old marginal stains to pages, joints starting, else good. Scarce in first edition. $600.

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Vicaire, Georges. Bibliographie Gastronomique: A Bibliography of Books Appertaining to Food and Drink and Related Subjects from the Beginning of Printing to 1890. Intro. by Andre Simon.

Jacket. London: Derek Verschoyle, 1954, Second edition after the first of 1890.

Small piece of jacket lacking from lower front panel, else fine in very good jacket. Intro. in English. $150.

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Muckensturm, Louis. Louis' Every Woman's Cook Book.

Frontis. port. of the author. Gilt-stamped pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston & NY: H.M. Caldwell, 1910.

A general cook book of predominantly European styled foods, with classic and fancy recipes, by the man who coined the term 'dry martini'. Beautiful Art Nouveau design, with blank pages for the hostess' remarks on her dinner parties (sadly bereft of any). A bit of darkening to extremities & spine, else very good. $120.

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Lamb, Charles. Dissertation Upon a Roast Pig.

Illus. with drawings by L.J. Bridgman. Half cloth & dec. boards, dec. in gilt with beautiful and bright decoration showing the smell of roast pork wafting into an American home.. Boston: D. Lothrop, 1888.

The story of how roast pig and crackling were "discovered" in China by swineherd "Ho-Ti and his son "Bo-Bo". A bit of rubbing to extremities, else near fine. $75.

Bosson, M.B. Aunt Mena’s Recipe Book.

Frontis. port. of Aunt Mena. Gilt-lettered reddish cloth, dec. in black. First Edition. Philadelphia: National Baptist, 1888.

Philadelphia was the home in the late 19th century of famed cooking instructor Mrs. Sarah Rorer, so the city had a reputation for excellent cookbooks to uphold. Herein are recipes for truffled turkey, Boston brown hash, Kane City scrapple, green corn omelet, Quahaug cakes, Astor House rolls, Catskill Mountain pudding, strawberry shortcake, etc. Very good.

$200.



Beecher, Catherine E. A Treatise on Domestic Economy, for the Use of Young Ladies at Home, and at School.

Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Revised Edition. NY: Harper, 1850.

Originally published in 1842, this mid-century printing features advice on childrearing, nutrition, the responsibilities and difficulties presented to the American woman; the study of domestic economy in school; health; etiquette; the importance of the woman's role in society and in the home; housework and household amenities; sewing; gardening; more. Fading to spine, else very good. $95.



Corson, Julia. Miss Corson’s Cooking Manual or Practical Directions for Economical Every-Day Cookery.

Cloth. First Edition. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1877.

A bit of discoloration to lower front cover; faint damstaining to endpapers, else very good, with recipes for jugged hare, sheep’s tongues with spinach, mushroom pudding, and other hearty fare. $75.



Ward, Artemas. The Grocer's Encyclopedia: A Compendium of Useful Information Concerning Foods of All Kinds.

747 pp. Profusely illus. from photographs & drawings. Large format, 3/4 morocco & gilt-lettered cloth, gilt-lettered spine, t.e.g. NY: Artemas Ward, 1911.

A massive tome that shows all there was to know about food in American grocery stores just before WWI. Rubbing to spine ends & corners, else very good - an amazingly thorough and important work. $150.


Shute, Miss T.S. The American Housewife Cook Book, Parts I & II.

Interleaved with lined blank memoranda pages, as issued. Gilt-stamped pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. Philadelphia: George Lewis & Menzies, 1879.

Lewis & Menzies were makers of Lye, baking powder, caustic potash etc. Dampstaining to first several pages; joints cracking, still very good with recipes for regional specialties such as Watermelon Cake, Indian Meal Doughnuts, Quince Cordial, Clam Fritters, A Mongrel Goose, etc. Also with many lines of advice for household help, such as “A Substitute for a Strong Drink,” “Resuscitation of Apparently Drowned Persons,” “Remedy for Bad Breath,” “How to Buy Poultry,” etc. $175.



Abell, Mrs. L. G. The Skilful Housewife's Book or Complete Guide to Domestic Cookery. Taste, Comfort, and Economy Embracing 659 Receipts, Pertaining to Household Duties, Gardening Flowers, Birds, Plants, Etc.

Gilt-stamped & lettered lilac cloth. First Edition. NY: D. Newell, 1846.

Recipes and advice for the pre-Civil War household: codfish cakes, frying ham, clam griddles, typhus fever, politeness, temper, etc. Sunning to spine, else very good. $200.



Tompkins, Harriet V. Thirty Soups for Thirty Days.

Oblong cloth-backed printed boards. First Edition. White Plains: Published by the author, 1890.

Regional soup recipes include Gumbo Soup, Mock Turtle Soup, Queen’s Soup, Brunswick Soup, etc. Rubbing to extremities, else very good; scarce. $200.



(Iowa) Shankland, Mrs. E.R. & Sue Hetherington. The Matron’s Household Manual: A Revised and Improved Edition, Prepared Especially for the “Centennial.”

Gilt-lettered blindstamped light purple cloth. First Edition. Dubuque: Palmer Winall, 1876.

An expanded edition of one of the first cookbooks published in Iowa, with recipes for fancies such as Floating Island, Peach Meringue, Bride Cake, Sweet Apple Pickles, etc. A few contemporary pencil notes to margins, else very good and bright. $300.



Brown, Susanna. The Invalid’s Tea Tray.

Chromolithograph square boards. First Edition. Boston: James Osgood, 1885.

The invalid’s diet was varied, yet unifyingly off-putting: Barley Soup, Raw Beef Diet, Water Gruel, Beef Tea with Oatmeal, Chicken Jelly, and Shells (water boiled with seashells), etc. Lesson: Don’t get sick. Rubbing to extremities, else about very good. $75.



Alcott, William A. The Young House-keeper or Thoughts on Food and Cookery.

Brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Fifth Edition. Boston: George W. Light, 1842..

Pre-Civil War cookbook which has chapters on various foodstuffs such as rice, apples, milk, the strawberry, food from rye, food from wheat, etc., with history and descriptions as well as recipes. Includes the final chapter not included in earlier editions, "Recipes for Plain Cooking". Lacking front free endpaper, else very good. $120.


(Massachusetts) Board of Managers, Esther C. Mack Industrial School, eds. What Salem Dames Cooked: Being a Choice Collection of Recipes wherein is shewn how the Delectable Practice of the Salem Dames from the year 1683, to 1730, until 1800 and 1900, may be restored with pleasure to those desirious of experiencing the Delights of their Cookery....

Pictorial stiff wrappers designed by Ross Turner. Salem, MA: Stetson Press, 1920.

Faint spot to upper front wrapper, and a few page margins, else very good, with elegant typography in 17th c. font. $60.



(New Jersey) The Twentieth Century Cook Book: A Collection of Reliable Recipes.

Illus. with local ads. Cloth-backed wrappers. First Edition. Jersey City, NJ: Ladies of the Lafayette M.E. Church, c.1890’s.

Recipes from Jersey City residents for Green Tomato Pickles, Railroad Pudding, Marsh Mallow Cake, White Cream Taffy, etc., as well as helpful advice such as keeping a jar of vinegar on the back of the stove to absorb odors when making sauerkraut. Cloth mostly worn away from spine, a few spots to covers, else good and scarce; an early New Jersey imprint. $200.



(Doisneau, Robert). De Vilmorin, Louise. Cognac.

Illus. with 30 black & white photographs by Robert Doisneau, and 4 tipped-inn color photos by him. Large square quarto. First Edition. Paris: Remy Martin, 1962.

Fine condition – rare. Dedicated to the promotion of the Remy Martin Cognac. $250.



Beecher, Catharine Esther. Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book. Designed as a Supplement to her Treatise on Domestic Economy.

Illus. with some meat cuts. Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Third Edition. NY: Harper, 1851.

This volume covers foods and temperance drink, styles of living, table setting and many other domestic matters. Originally published in 1846, it gives recipes for rice griddle cakes, royal crumpets, sassafras jelly, pickled nasturtiums, codfish relish, mutton hash, mock turtle soup, and much more. Readers also learn how to cut up a hog, make "crayons" for blackboards, and prepare tables for dinner parties. Insect damage to front flyleaves & front pastedown, old recipe for soap mounted to front pastedown, else about very good. $125.



Ewing, Mrs. Emma P. Cookery Manuals.

No. 2: Bread and Bread Making. Chicago: Fairbanks, Palmer, 1883. * No. #: Salad and Salad Making. Chicago: Fairbanks, Palmer, 1884. * No. 4: Vegetables and Vegetable Cooking. Chicago: Fairbanks, Palmer, 1888.

All three in orig. Cloth-backed printed wrappers. * Cookery Manuals. Cloth. Lafayette, IN: Spring-Emerson Stationery Co., 1892. Ewing was the superintendent of the Chicago Training School of Cookery, and the first book in a series of 4, on soups and soup-making, is the only volume missing. However, its contents is included (with all the others) in the 1892 edition of Cookery Manuals. All very good; scarce together. $300 the set.



Sanderson, J.M. The Complete Cook: Plain and Practical Directions for Cooking and Housekeeping; with upwards of Seven Hundred Receipts.

196 pp. Printed wrappers. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1846.

Originally published in 1843, with chapters on carving, clarifying, pies, tarts and puffs, salting, butcher’s meats, etc. Rear wrapper lacking, curling to lower corners of first several pages, still about very good and scarce in original wrappers. $150.



(Blank Recipe Book) The Manuscript Receipt Book and Household Treasury.

Illus. with woodcut vignettes and elaborate title page. Gilt-dec. brown cloth. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1870.

I cannot emphasize how fabulous this book is. Filled with blank, lined pages for manuscript recipes, the chapter headings (Oysters, Plain Sweet Cakes, Potting & Collaring, etc.) are wonderful, with each beginning chapter page illustrated with a typical 1870-style typographical design. Fraying to spine ends; front joint cracked, free endpapers worn, still about very good and solid. $200.



Kegler, Henri. Fancy Salads of the Big Hotels.

Half cloth & boards. Fourth Printing, revised. NY: Hotel Industry, 1923.

Salads of the 1920's were what I humbly consider to be the nadir of salad inventions, and this little gem shows why: Mellon (lettuce, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, celery, walnuts, paprika, sour cream); Florida (lettuce, banana, grapefruit, celery, mayonnaise); Apple Surprise a la Ritz (you know what? Don't even ask. Suffice it to say it has whipped cream). Very good. $45.


Allen, Mrs. Ida Bailey. For the Bride: Helpful Hints, Practical Suggestions and Valuable Records.

Illus. with drawings on blank pages intended for manuscript recipes, photographs and numerous ads for products the new bride would need, like electricity. Pictorial boards. Chicago: Reuben H. Donnelley, 1923.

One suspects this was not the happiest of marriages, as only the couple's names, along with their reverend, are filled out. Very good. $65.

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(Oregon) The Mixing Bowl, Fern Social Club, Astoria, Oregon.

36 pp. Illus. with ads from neighboring businesses. Suggestions for menus from the Mixing Bowl. Pictorial wrappers, string ties. Astoria: c.1940. Near fine. $40.


Chafing Dish Book.

Printed in red & black. Flexible red cloth. First Edition. Providence, RI: Livermore & Knight, 1899.

The chafing dish was a revelation to many cooks in the late 19th century, and herein are American recipes for Lobster New Orleans Style, Stewed Little Neck Clams, Salme of Grouse, Boston Rarebit, etc. Fine; charming. $40.


(Chafing Dish) Recipes for the Sutterley Chafing Dish.

Illus. with wood engravings of a huge variety of chafing dishes. Pictorial wrappers. Philadelphia: G.T. Sutterley & Co., 1894.

Chafing dish cookbooks of the late 19th c. seem to have a plethora of American recipes for heritage foods, and this is no exception. Oysters a la Creole, Lobster a la Newberg (with fascinating creation history), Deviled Soft-shell Crabs, Blanquette of Partridge, etc. Very good. $30.



Huntington, Emily. The Kitchen Garden; or, Object Lessons in Household Work. Including Songs, Plays, Exercises, and Games, illustrating household occupations.

No. 92 of 250 copies. Illus. with drawings & music by Frederic Vors. Gilt-stamped pictorial red cloth, bevelled edges, a.e.g. N.Y.: 1878.

Table setting, moulding pastries, dish-washing, and other household chores (a whole chapter on bed-making; now I could have used that!). Chipping to spine ends, else very good & bright. $120.



Huntington, Emily. The Cooking Garden: A Systemized Course of Cooking for Pupils of All Ages.

No. 156 of 250 copies. Illus. with drawings & music by Jessie Shepherd . Gilt-stamped pictorial tan cloth, bevelled edges, a.e.g. N.Y.: 1878.

Lessons on cooking, kitchen utensils, bills of fare, dough-rolling, custard-making, etc. Chipping to spine ends, a bit of running to corners, else very good. $120.

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Rice, Louise. Dainty Dishes from Foreign Lands.

Gilt-lettered & dec. maroon cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Library Shelf, 1909.

Dishes deemed dainty, and foreign, include Resotto [sic], Gaspacho, Chinese Chop Suey, etc. Fine. $60.

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(Pennsylvania) Wyoming Valley Woman’s Club Cook Book.

 

Illus. with ads for regional foods and services. Light green cloth lettered in white. First Edition. Wilkes-Barre: Caxton Press, 1925.

Near fine, with recipes contributed by members of the club for Laplander salad, green tomatoes mince meat, squash pie, boiled blackberry pudding, Dayton cake, etc. $60.


(Philadelphia) Weaver, William Woys, Mary Anne Hines & Gordon Marshall. The Larder Invaded: Reflections on Three Centuries of Philadelphia Food and Drink.

2 vols. Profusely illus. 8x11, pictorial wrappers. First Edition. An in-depth history of Philadelphia’s foodways, with one volume of 35 recipes. Very good. $45

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Giger, Mrs. Frederick S. Colonial Receipt Book: Celebrate Old Receipts used a century ago by Mrs. Goodfellow’s Cooking School; also Famous old Creole and Moravian Receipts….

Illus. with ads for Philadelphia businesses. Gilt-dec. & lettered red cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1907.

Published for the benefit of the Students’ Ward Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, this has some great Colonial-era biscuit, cake, pie, and pickling recipes such as mustard chow chow, stuffed mangoes, quince honey, ginger pears, India relish, etc. Fine. $85.

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Boyd, Mrs. William Hart. The Queen Cook Book.

 

Blue cloth lettered in yellow. First Edition. NY: Fleming Revell, 1895.

Huckleberry pie, Washington pie, ground rice pudding, glazed pigeons, Jenny Lind soup, and other all-American specialties. Front joint starting, else very good. $50.

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Harland, Marion. Bits of Common Sense Series: Cooking Hints.

NY: Home Topics, 1899. * Wakefield Series Part I: Marion Harland’s Premium Cook Book. NY: Prudential Book Co., c.1890’s. Both in dec. wrappers.

Harland, a prolific cookbook writer, includes her recipes for Mock Terrapin, Baltimore Meat Pie, Fried Oyster Plant, etc., while her Cooking Hints includes chapters like “Hot Weather Dishes,” “For Ladies Only,” and my personal favorite, “The Invariable Potato.” Very good. $75 the two.


Cornelius, Mrs. (Mary). Young Housekeeper's Friend: or, A Guide to Domestic Economy and Comfort.

Orig. cloth-backed printed boards. Sixth Thousand. Boston: Tappan, Whittemore & Mason, 1850.

Mrs. Cornelius lived from 1796-1880. Her cookbook focuses on mid-19th c. recipes like veal pot pie, smoked halibut, pickled oysters, apple pie, etc. I love the title of the piscatory chapter: "General Directions for Respecting Fish." Scratches & wear to covers; joints cracked though, thus good, but with great recipes. $50.



[Timbs, John]. Hints for the Table: or, the Economy of Good Living. With a Few Words on Wine.

X, 184 pp. Frontis. wood engraving of ortolans & wine. Pictorially gilt-stamped pebbled purple cloth. London: Kent & Co., 1859.

An unusual little item with information gleaned from many sources historical, philosophical and gastronomic. The alcohol component is extensive, as are descriptions of London clubs; first published in 1838. Tears to cloth along sunned spine; new endpapers, else good. $100.

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[Plumtre, Annabella] Domestic Management, or the Healthful Cookery-Book to which is prefixed a Treatise on Diet as the surest means to preserve health, long life. etc. with many valuable observations on the nutritious and beneficial as well as the injurious effects of various kinds of food; also remarks on the wholesome and pernicious modes of cookery, etc. by A Lady.

Xxxvi, 375, [1], [29] index pp., [3] ad pp. Frontis. engraving of a full larder of fish, meat & fowl. 19th c. half cloth & mottled boards. Second Edition, corrected & enlarged. London: B. & R. Crosby, [c.1813].

Annabella Plumtre was the daughter of Robert Plumptre (1723–1788) who was an English churchman and academic and President of Queens' College, Cambridge from 1760. Annabella’s book is a treatise on diet with many paragraphs called ‘Observations’ after recipes. These observations give healthful hints and advice, particularly for children. A thoughtful and unusual cookery book. Cagle informs that Watt attributes this work to Annabella Plumtre. Oxford mis-cites Watts and gives the author’s name as Arabella, a mistake that Bitting repeats. Cagle 935a; Bitting p 374; Oxford p139 for 1810 first edition. Period ink stains to lower title page, still very good and scarce in any edition. $600.



[Cosnett, Thomas]. The Footman's Directory, and Butler's Remembrancer, or The advice of Onesimus to his young friends : comprising, hints on the arrangement and performance of their work, rules for setting out tables and sideboards, the art of waiting at table, and conducting large and small parties, directions for cleaning plate, glass, furniture, clothes, and all other things which come within the care of a man-servant, and advice respecting behaviour to superiors, tradespeople and fellow-servents : with an appendix, comprising various useful receipts and tables.

xii, 324 pp. 19th c. ¾ calf & marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Original wrappers professionally mounted to free endpapers, along with owner’s signature, dated 1824.

Early cookbooks may have been difficult to define, but the hierarchy within a household was strictly elucidated, as seen in the many domestic manuals printed. These guides ranged from standalone works to directions contained within larger household manuals, and were written both for those in service and those supervising a staff. The Footman's Directory, written by an experienced butler, provides specific instructions for dealing with daily tasks a footman would be expected to perform, as well as general advice on avoiding temptations and conducting oneself in a becoming manner. $750.

Brooks, Catharine. The Experienced English Housekeeper for the Use and Ease of Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, &c. Written purely from practice; being an entire New Collection of the most Genteel, yet least Expensive Receipts in every branch of Cookery[...] Together with the Art of Marketing [...] with General Directions for the Courses or Removes. The Whole Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity. [...] To which is added The Physical Directory. Being near two hundred safe and certain receipts for the cure of most disorders incident to the human body. With a variety of Made Dishes.

8vo in 4s. 96 pp. Woodcut vignette at end. Manchester: A. Swindells for T. Thomas, J. Sadler & D. Jones, [c.1762].

The Experienced English Housekeeper aims to provide comprehensive instruction to the housewife, with reliable recipes “such as will not only save a deal of experience, but much time also”, rendering the reader “a complete english (sic) cook and prudent housewife”(Dedicatory epistle). The work includes marketing instructions for choosing the best fresh meat and fish, as well as a list of poultry, meat, fish, fruits, and roots. Brooks claims that her recipes have met with success whilst the work was being compiled: “I have had the opinion of several profest cooks and the receipts have met with the approbation of them all.” Particularly interesting are the instructions on candying - recipes for cherries, barberries, grapes, lemon and orange-peels and apricots are offered (p.58-59). Another interesting inclusion is the recipe for a “young rook pye” (p.39). Notoriously an acquired taste, with the potential to become dry, Brooks recommends “ agreat deal ofbutter” to line the rook pie crust, followed by forcemeat balls. If the pie appears dry whencooked, she advises the addition of parboile drook liquor through the crust. The work also contains a selection of medical advice for treating common concerns of the day, with cures that are “safe and cheap”. These receipts are attributed to a “Dr Mead”, i.e. the eminent physician Richard Mead, M.D. (1673-1754). Wear to lower corners of pages through about half of volume, still about very good. $1,600.

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Cole, S.W. The American Fruit Book; Containing Directions for Raising, Propagating, and Managing Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Plants, with a description of the best varieties of fruit.

Illus. with wood engravings. Blindstamped cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1866. Cole was the editor of The New England Farmer, and published this book originally in 1849. This edition was published just at the end of the Civil War, and contains the latest information on growing American fruit, from apples and pears to barberries and pomegranates. Chipping to spine ends, fading to cloth; period newspaper clippings mounted to front & rear endpapers, else about very good. $60.

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(Chicago) The Daily News Cook Book...Seasonable, Inexpensive Bills of Fare for Every Day in the Year.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Chicago Daily News, 1896. A reprint from the Chicago Record Cook Book, this contains 1,100 prize menus with recipes, and all are contributions by the women of Chicago and the Midwest. A bit of rubbing to spine extremities, else near fine, with bright and wonderful cover image. $150.

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Mrs. Ellis. Mrs. Ellis's Complete Cook, or Perfect Instructor in All Branches of Cookery and Domestic Economy.

Illus. with wood engravings demonstrating carving methods. Orig. brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Likely First Edition. NY: James Miller, 1867. Published just after the Civil War ended, with numerous sweet and savory recipes, including some great regional American influences like hominy, New England chowder, fried clams, gumbo, preserved watermelon rinds, pigeon pie, Indian pudding, etc. Chipping to spine ends, a few spots to upper rear cover, fading to spine, else very good. $250.

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Baglioni, "Pin." 150 Hors D'Oeuvre Recipes.

Illus. incl. ads from NYC grocers, food purveyors and liquor stores. Red & orange cloth. First Edition. NY: Claude Kendall & Willoughby Sharp, 1935. Baglioni worked at the Embassy Club in London. His recipes from that esteemed establishment include Sole and Lobster, Potted Shrimps, Grape Fruit Cocktail, Herring Salad, etc. Near fine. $50.

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(Michigan) Revised Edition of Our Kitchen Secrets, compiled by the Woman's Social Union of the First Congregational Church of Owosso, Michigan.

Cloth-backed boards. Owosso: 1904. Replete with ads for local businesses and with recipes from church members for Fig Pudding, Washington Pie, Roast Goose, Elder Blossom Wine, etc. Period owner's manuscript recipes in rear. Staining and wear, good only, but scarce. $120.

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Miner, T.B. The American Bee Keeper’s Manual.

iv, 349, 10 pp. Illus. incl. hand-colored frontis. Original gilt and blind-tooled boards. London: C.M. Saxton & Co. 1857. Library stamp of Peabody Library on title page, another bookplate has been removed from front paste-down. Occasional foxing. Binding shows some wear, particularly to the spine. Scarce. Overall a near very good copy. (Harding 266) ‘[The] best all-round American bee-book till then published’ (Walker). $750.

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Gray, Arthur. The Little Tea Book.

Illus. by George Hood. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. NY: Baker & Taylor, 1903. Fine - adorable, in a fantastic binding. $300.

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Rawson, W.W. Success in Market Gardening: A New Vegetable Growers' Manual.

Replete with wood engravings & photographs. Gilt-lettered red cloth. Revised Edition. Boston: Rawson, 1892. A guide to planting American crop varieties such as sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, etc. Old splatters to front cover, else very good. $200.

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Fulton, James Alexander. Peach Culture.

Illus. with wood engravings. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. Revised Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1882. Fine and bright; an important 19th century American work on peaches. $180.

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Child [Lydia Maria]. The American Frugal Housewife, dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy.

130 pp. Original cloth-backed printed boards. 29th Edition. NY: Samuel S. & William Wood, 1844. Title page cites as 29th edition, while cover states 27th. Strong emphasis on thrift and self-reliance; offers suggestions for the frugal life in general, as well as for thrifty cooking. Rubbing to extremities, discoloration to covers & some interior faint dampstaining; front free endpaper lacking, rear free endpaper lacking lower 1/4, thus good only, but a scarce and important work. $200.

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Chinese-English Cookery of European Food. Cloth. Hong Kong: Shanghai Book Store, c.1950's.

Recipes for classic European fare printed on the left side of each page, while the Chinese translation appears on the right. About fine. $45. SOLD


The Kenya Settlers' Cookery Book and Household Guide.

Illus. with ads for local businesses. Cloth-backed printed boards. Tenth Edition. Nairobi: East African Standard, 1949. Filled with recipes from home (treacle and lemon pudding) and Africa (ground nut soup), and a fascinating section of translatable instructions to servants in the rear. Very good. $75

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(Southern Livestock) Randall, Henry S. Sheep Husbandry; with an Account of the Different Breeds, and General Directions in Regard to Summer and Winter Management, Breeding, and the Treatment of Diseases.

Illus. with wood engravings of sheep. Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. NY: Bangs, Brother, & Co, 1852. Thisfascinating volume exclusively covers sheep husbandry (and attendant sheep dogs) inthe Southern United States, making it (at 320 pages) the most extensive work ever produced on the subject. Section of cloth lacking from along rear hinge, some spotting to covers; scattered foxing, else very good and quite scarce. $250.

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Easson, R.B. California Poultry Production.

Illus. from photographs. Cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Pacific Rural Press, 1923. All there was to know about poultry production in the early 20th century in California. Near fine. $95.

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Fitz, James. Sweet Potato Culture: Giving Full Instructions from Starting the Plants to Harvesting and Storing the Crop, with a chapter on the Chinese Yam.

Illus. from drawings. Gilt-lettered brown cloth. New & enlarged Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1914. Near fine condition - a sweet little book. $45.

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Hume, H. Harold. Citrus Fruits and their Culture.

Illus. from photographs. Green cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1911. Focused mainly on citrus culture in California and Florida, using the latest methods. Dusty and a bit faded, else about very good. $95.

Cobb, Ernest. Garden Steps: A Manual for the Amateur in Vegetable Gardening.

Illus. from photographs. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Silver, Burdett, 1917.

With a WWI Victory Garden sensibility, an explanation of each vegetable and it's planting possibilities. Fine condition. $150.

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Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. Report on the Marketing of Honey and Beeswax in England and Wales.

Illus. from photographs and charts of honey displays, color grades, packaging, etc. Blue cloth, printed cover label, owner's name stamped in gilt on front cover. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1931.

Near fine, a window into the world of beekeeping and honey production in England in the 1930's. $45.

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(Tea) Cave, Henry. Golden Tips: A Description of Ceylon and its Great Tea Industry.

Illus. from photos by the author of tea plantations across Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Gilt-dec. white cloth, gilt-lettered spine, a.e.g. First Edition. London: Sampson Low Marston, 1900.

An important early work on Ceylon's tea industry, with beautiful descriptions of the land and the plantations. Near fine. $300.

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Women of the First Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Cook Book.

Illus. from drawings of the First Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Ohio, in its various permutations. Dec. cloth. Dayton: United Bretheren Publishing, 1911. Minor rubbing to spine ends, else about fine. $45.

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Brugiere, Sara Van Buren. Good-Living: A Practical Cookery-Book for Town and Country.

643 pp. Printed white boards. Household Edition. NY: G.P. Putnam's, 1908. An important look at the American foodways of the turn-of-the-last-century, with long-lost recipes for "pickled or soused shad," "fried pig's feet for breakfast," "wild duck with jelly sauce," "woodcock and snipe roasted," "arrow-root souffle," etc. Fine condition. $250.

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U.S.D.A. Factors that make for Success in Farming in the South.

Illus. throughout from photographs of Southern farms, migrant workers, livestock, etc. Replete with charts and graphs detailing Southern farm production, particularly Georgia. Pictorial wrappers. Washington, DC: Sept. 1920. A fascinating look at farming in the South post-Reconstruction. Very good. $30.

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Vincent, Mrs. Adebisi. A Cookery Book for the Tropics. Foreword by Dr. Soyode Franklin (chief medical officer, Western Nigeria).

Printed flexible cloth. Fourth Edition. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1970.

 

Mostly African recipes, with detailed introductions to each food group (Pulses and Nuts, Rice, Vegetables, etc.), with menu suggestions as well. Very good. $40.

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Hibben, Shiela. The National Cookbook: A Kitchen Americana. Cloth. First Edition. NY: Harper, 1932.

 

Inscribed & signed by Hibben on the front free endpaper. Expertly rebacked in newer cloth, with later flyleaves (but orig. front free endpaper). Irregular fading to covers, else about very good. Hibben, a prominent food columnist of the era and an early campaigner for fresh, local ingredients over "strawberries picked green and shipped too far," was a White House menu advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt. Many recipes here are identified by their state of origin (Tennesee Corn-Cob Soup; Maryland Broiled Shad Roe, etc.) 452 pp. including index. $750.


Ude, Louis Eustache. The French Cook, a System of Fashionable and Economical Cookery, adapted to the use of English Families.

 

Frontis. steel-engraved port. of the author. Period 3/4 calf & marbled boards, raised spine bands, leather spine label. Tenth Edition, corrected & enlarged, with appendix. London: John Ebers, 1829. Formal French cuisine laid out for an English audience by the celebrated Monsieur Ude, who cooked for Louis XVI, the Earl of Sefton, and the Duke of York. This classic cookbook, groundbreaking in its day, was first published in 1813 and is here in its tenth edition, with a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by A. Deane after a Maclise drawing, and nine pages depicting bills of fare as they should be arranged at table. The work is peppered liberally with French terms (of which a vocabulary is provided) and with elaborate techniques that seem likely to have been in use in the most elegant kitchens (but not necessarily beyond the reach of less elite aspirants); Byron swiped the names of many of Ude's dishes for use in canto 15, stanzas 62?74 of "Don Juan," and indeed two of Ude's suggested course progressions for stanza 63 (see p. 426). 12mo (19.5 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., lxxii, 485, [3] pp.; illus. Bitting 471; Cagle 1037 (for first ed.); Hazlitt 167; Oxford 142. Rubbing to extremities, joint cracked at pp.142-143, else very good. $600.

 


 

Case, Frank. Feeding the Lions: An Algonquin Cook Book.

Illus. by O. Soglow. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Greystone, 1942.

Inscribed & signed by Case on the front free endpaper, dated 1942. Case was the owner and manager of the Algonquin, perhaps better known for its famous guests than its food. The "Algonquin Roundtable" was comprised of Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woolcott, George S. Kaufman, and other wits of the day, and they met regularly at the hotel for lunch and banter. Ah, to have been a fly on the wall...A bit of chipping to jacket spine ends & corners, old repair to jacket spine heard, else near fine & bright. $500.


 

De Gouy, Louis P. The Derrydale Cook Book of Fish and Game. 2 vols.

 

Gilt-stamped maroon cloth, slipcase. No. 1086 of 1250 copies. First Edition. NY: Derydale Press, 1937. Fine set of De Gouy's most famous tome (of many he wrote on cooking). $300. SOLD


Farley, John. The London Art of Cookery, and Housekeeper's Complete Assistant.

 

On a New Plan. Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook and Servant in the Kingdom., Containing, Proper Directions for the Choice of all Kinds of Provisions. Instructions for trussing Poultry. Roasting and Boiling all Sorts of Butchers Meat, Poultry, Game, and Fish. Baking, Broiling, and Frying. Sauces for every Occasion. Soups, Broths, Stews, and Hashes. Ragoos and Fricassees. Made Dishes, both plain and elegant. All Sorts of Pies and Puddings. Pancakes and Fritters. Proper Instructions for dressing Fruits and Vegetables. Pickling, Potting, and Preserving. The Preparation of Hams, Tongues and Bacon. To keep Garden Stuffs and Fruits in Perfection… [32], 467, [5] ad pp. Illus. with copper-engraved frontis. port. and 12 plates showing various table settings with numerous dishes, showing a Bill of Fare for each month of the year. Period calf, professionally rebacked in later calf, morocco spine label. Seventh Edition. London: J. Scatcherd, J. Whitaker & G & T Wilkie, 1792.

As can be seen by the precise recipes in this book, the London Tavern was justly renowned, during John Farley's tenure, as one of the City of London's best hostelries. Very good copy of this early edition. $550.

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Rombauer, Irma S. & Marion Rombauer Becker. The New Joy of Cooking

Jacket. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1953. Arguably the most famous American cookbook, the 1953 version still contained the recipe for stewed squirrel, ousted in more "modern" editions. This copy is scarce because the dust jacket is present, and other than some chipping at the jacket spine head & front upper corner, in very good, bright condition. Cloth vol. is in fine condition. $200.

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L.E.A. La Cuisiniere de la Campagne et de la Ville, ou Nouvelle Cuisine Economique.

Hand-colored frontis. plate of salads with flowers. 666 + 13 ad pp. 39th Ed. Plain cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: Audot, 1859. $300.

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Black, Mrs. Superior Cookery.

Illus. with bright chromolithograph plates of food. Gilt-lettered dec. cloth. London & Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, c.1880's. $60.

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Kenny-Herbert, Robert (Wyvern). Culinary Jottings: A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles, based upon Modern English, and Continental Principles...and an essay on our kitchens in India.

Gilt-lettered blue cloth. Sixth Ed. Madras: Higginbotham, 1891. How to survive the wilds of India and barely leave the food of England at home. Bright condition. $250.

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Farmer, Fannie Merritt. Catering for Special Occasions

Green cloth, pictorial cover label, gilt-lettered spine. Illus. with great drawings of cherubic Park Avenue-type angels, and also from photographs of table settings. First Edition. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1911. Near fine $200.

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