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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.

Southworth, May. 101 Candies


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

Some chipping to wrappers extremities, else very good & bright; one of the scarcer titles. Recipes include peppermint chewing candy, peanut molasses, prize fudge, roasted chestnuts, etc. $200.

Southworth, May. 101 Mexican Dishes.


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

An important relic of old California Mexican cooking, with uncommon recipes for cangrejuelos, pulchero grueso, albondiguillas, etc. Some chipping to wrappers extremities, closed tear along lower half from front wrapper along spine, else very good & bright; scarce. $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.

Southworth, May. 101 Way of Serving Oysters


Printed in red & black. Oblong dec. green & gray cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1907.

Beautiful cover art complements the interior, which is divided into sections: raw, cooked in shells, broiled, fried, in the oven, stews, stews with milk, salad - spiced, with cheese, with mushrooms, with potatoes, and with other things. Foxing to cloth, else very good; scarce in hardcover. $250.

Southworth, May. 101 Salads.


Printed in red & black. Oblong green & gray wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1904.

Salads with exotic names, such as Havana, Gooch, Gervaise, Marguerite, Plover, etc. Chipping to wrappers extremities, else very good. $120.

Southworth, May. 101 Sandwiches.


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

Some browning & chipping to extremities, fading to part of rear cover, else very good. Inventive sandwich recipes for various sandwiches & salads, including truffle, Bohemian, pate de foie gras, tongue and veal, etc. $120.

Southworth, May. 101 Sauces


Printed in red & black. Oblong dec. blue & gray wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1906.

New world sauces include Creole cucumber, New England mayonnaise, Michigan hollandaise, chile sauce, etc. Chipping to wrappers along extremities, else very good and bright. $150. SOLD

Gibson, Axel Emil. Sugar and Salt - Foods or Poison?


Purple cloth. First Edition. Los Angeles: Will A. Kistler, 1913.

A book with a very strong point of view, which answers the title's question with a resounding, Poison! Chapter topics include, "Correspondence Between 'Free Sweets' and Loose Morals," "How Salt at Once can become the Savior and Destroyer of Life," "Sugar as Fatformer," etc. Spot to front cover, else about very good. $60.


(Vegetarian) Forward, Charles W., ed. Cameos of Vegetarian Literature: A Collection of Lectures and Essays on Food Reform.


Gilt-lettered red cloth. First Edition. London: Ideal Publishing Union, 1898.

Fourteen lectures on vegetarianism, from "Hints to Beginners" to "Flesh-Eating a Fashion" and "Morality in Diet." Fine - Vol. VIII of the Vegetarian Jubilee Library. $125. SOLD

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.

Beecher, Chatherine E. & Harriet Beecher Stowe. The American Woman's Home: or, Principles of Domestic Science; being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes


[4], 500, [12] ad pp. Illus. with wood engravings & frontis. & engraved title page. Gilt-lettered green cloth, elaborately gilt-tooled spine. First Edition. NY: J.B. Ford, 1869.

Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sister provide advice for the post-Civil War woman of the house, with chapters on healthful food & drinks, hearth-care, domestic manners, infant care, cleanliness, etc. BAL 19453; Cagle, American 79. Chipping to spine ends, rubbing to covers; foxing to engraved frontis./title pages, piece of lower corner of rear free endpaper lacking, else very good. $250.

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 books with suggestions for men's and women's meals, including calorie counts, carbs, fat, and protein. Near fine. $75.

(Jewish) Henry, May & Kate Halford. Dainty Dinners and Dishes for Jewish Families

Illus. by G. Lillian Bright. Pictorial ads at front & rear. Cloth. Third Edition. London: Williams, Lea & Co.

A scarce British book on Jewish cooking, with a chapter in rear on Passover cookery: Motza kleis, hot prelato pudding, lemon cheesecake, and surprisingly, rum omelet. General shelf wear, some rubbing to extremities & soiling to cloth, else very good. $300.

[Kenney-Herbert, Colonel Arthur Robert] "Wyvern." Sweet Dishes: A Little Treatise on Confectionery and Entremets Sucres.


Illus. with vignettes. Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. Madras: Higginbotham, 1884.

Written for the Raj living in Victorian-era India, with detailed descriptions of English and French desserts that any Indian servant could understand. Closed tear to cloth along rear joint, some rubbing to corners, else very good. $150.

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.

Waterman, Amy. A Little Candy Book for a Little Girl


Color frontis. by Harriet O'Brien. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Page, 1918.

Small stain along spine, else very good, with recipes for chocolate frosted popcorn, peanut molasses candy, pecan creams, and other delectable candies no kid could dislike. $45.

White, Mrs. Peter A. The Kentucky Housewife: A Collection of Recipes for Cooking.


Gilt-dec. brown cloth lettered in black. Chicago & NY: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1886.

A near fine copy of a scarce 19th c. book of Kentucky cooking, with recipes for cooking and dressing terrapins, fried forgs, fricassee of soft-shell crabs, stewed hog's brains, rice waffles, roasted reed birds, quail and truffles (!), fresh fig preserves, etc. One chapter, titled "Food in Season," is filled with menus for each month, listing what was in season in Kentucky. While Bitting lists an 1885 edition, I've been unable to find any other reference to it. Bitting p.493. $200.

[Gilbert, Phileas]. La Cuisine a l'Usage des Familles par la Societe des Cuisiniers de Paris.


570 pp. Cloth-backed red boards lettered in white. Fourth Edition. Paris: Librairie de l"Enseignement Technique, c.1925.

A large and comprehensive tome of French cooking, for home and professional kitchen. Front hinge starting, else near fine & bright. $200.


(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.


(Liquor, Wines, etc.) Beman, David. The Mysteries of the Trade, or the Great Source of Wealth: Containing Receipts and Patents in Chemistry and Manufacturing; with Practical Observations on the Useful Arts, Original and Compiled.

152 pp. Gilt-tooled black morocco, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. Boston: Printed for the Author by William Bellamy, 1825.

While this book purports to be about all trades, the majority is comprised of information on distilling and brewing all manner of beer, ale, wines, vinegar, rum, whiskey and gin. There are also chapters on breadmaking (including bread made with Iceland moss), curing meats, and detecting adulterations in food and drink. A fascinating and rare early American book on the subject. Owner's contemporary name (Capt. James Hall) to front free endpaper, with a descendant's later bookplate to front pastedown. Near fine. $1,200.


(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.


Girl Guides' Association, Fiji. South Sea Island Recipes.

140 pp. Illus. with ads for Fijian businesses. Pictorial wrappers. Fourth Edition. Suva, Fiji: 1958.

Authentic recipes for duruka (Fijian asparagus), yam fish balls, mango fool baigan soup (mock turtle), grated dalo root, paw-paw jam, etc. A chapter of Chinese recipes in rear reflects the population of immigrants to Fiji. Some discoloration from binding stapes, else about very good. $75.


(Arkansas) Woman's Auxiliary First Presbyterian Church. "Dixie" Cook Book: More than Five Hundred "Tried and Tested Recipes."


126 pp. Spiral-bound stiff black wrappers. First Edition. Ft. Smith, AR: Franklin Printery, 1939. Egg plant fritters, barbecue sauce, stuffed quail, roast wild duck, Old Plantation N.C. pound cake, etc. Very good. $60.


(New Orleans) Kennedy, Scoop. Dining in New Orleans.


110 pp. Illus. by Tilden Landry, with color drawings of various restaurants in New Orleans. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. New Orleans: Borman House, 1945.

With advice on best bets (where you must go if you only have two nights in town), what to order, cocktails, and detailed reviews of the city's most famous institutions: Galatoire's, Anton's, Commander's Palace, as well as lesser-known gems. Tear to front wrapper along 2/3 of spine, but cover is still attached, chipping to corners, else very good. $95.


(Virginia) Dietz, F. Meredith, ed. De Virginia Hambook by De Ol' Virginia Hamcook: Recipes, Party Suggestions, Dances, Luncheon Parties, Menus, Philosophy.


Pictorial wrappers. Richmond: Dietz Press, 1946.

Some browning to extremities of wrappers, else very good, with recipes for numerous Virginia ham dishes, as well as Virginia spinach, Virginia baked eggs, etc., and much narrative on Virginia foodways and society. $60.


(Virginia) Girls' Missionary Society of the Christian Church. The Suffolk Cook Book.


178 pp. Illus. with ads from Suffolk-area businesses. String-bound printed wrappers. Revised Edition. Wytheville, VA: Southwest Virginia Enterprise, 1927.

A version of Suffolk Christian Church has stood on North Main St. since 1861. Recipes from contributors include peanut butter biscuit, chicken gumbo, wild duck, Lady Baltimore cake, etc. A few ink check marks to margins, else very good. $45.


Hemenway, H.D. How to Make School Gardens: A Manual for Teachers and Pupils.


Illus. from photographs (incl. frontis. of a school garden being created at Hyannis Normal School in Mass.), and also from drawings showing tools, beds, garden layouts & plans, etc. Green cloth lettered in white. Second Edition. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1912.

Fascinating early manual on the subject, pre-WWI, with lessons for schoolmasters and students on garden and greenhouse work, root-grafting, budding, fertilizing, and an important bibliography in rear of all articles written on school gardens from various sources around the U.S. Originally published in 1903, this is the second edition of likely the first work on the subject. Flaking to white lettering on cover, rubbing (with small piece lacking) to title page, else very good. $120.


Osgood, Grace Franklin. The Convalescents' Recipe Book.


Art Nouveau-dec. red cloth lettered in gilt. First Edition. Boston: L.C. Page, 1902. The recipes include the usual sick-room recipes for broths and gruels, but also include a surprising number (14 to be exact) of cocktail and wine recipes, including several champagne punches, currant shrub, wild cherry brandy, even a boozy eggnog. Fine - a gorgeous copy. $95.


(African-American) De Knight, Freda. A Date with a Dish: A Cook Book of American Negro Recipes.


Jacket. First Edition. Foreword by Gertrude Blair. NY: Heritage Press, 1948.

De Knight was the first food editor of Ebony Magazine. In 1948, Ebony sponsored DeKnight’s cookbook of “American negro recipes,” A Date with a Dish. In 1962—a year before DeKnight’s death—an expanded and revised edition was published as The Ebony Cookbook. It was revised again in 1973 (the edition shown here), and once more in 1978. Fine condition. $200.


An American Lady. The American Home Cook Book, with Several Excellent Hundred Recipes.


Illus. with wood engravings. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. NY: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1854.

Bitting. *Gastronomic Bibliography* p.515-516; Lincoln 361, 255; Lowenstein 605. Charming illustrations of cooking utensils (many unknown to us today), with recipes for the pre-Civil War American home, including woodcock, plover, snipe, rabbit, vanilla ice cream, corn meal rusk, rye & Indian bread, fruit fritters, etc. Fraying to cloth at spine ends, rubbing to corners and some scratching to covers, else good; scarce in first edition. $200.


Table and Kitchen: A Compilation of Approved Cooking Receipts Carefully Selected for the Use of Families.


64 pp. Pictorial chromolithograph wrappers (image wrapping around front to back). Chicago: Price Baking Powder, c.1880’s.

Near fine, with stunning cover illustrations, and recipes for American fare such as Boston brown bread, pickled watermelon rind, preserved grapes, Alabama cake, etc. $75.


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.


Furnivall, Frederick, J. Early English Meals and Manners: John Bussell's Boke of Nurture, Wynkyn de Worde's Boke of Keruynge, The Boke of Curtasye, R. Weste's Booke of Demeanor Seager's Schoole of Vertue, The Babees Book, Aristotle's A B C, Urbanitatis, Stans Puer ad Mensam, The Lytylle Childrens Lytil Boke, for to serve a Gord, Old Symon, The Birched School-Boy, &c. &c. With some Forewords on Education in Early England.


388 pp. Illus. with 15 engraved plates in rear. 10-1/4x7-1/2", period 3/4 brown morocco & mottled boards, gilt-lettered & elegantly tooled spine, t.e.g. First Edition. Bungay: John Childs, 1867.

The first work is described as a collection of 'divers treatises touching the Manners and Meals of Englishmen in former days,' together with introductions and illustrative matter, which one commentator says 'to my mind present the most vivid picture of home life in medieval England that we have. Aside from their general human interest, they are valuable to the student of social history, and almost essential to an understanding of the literature of their time. The whole fabric of the romances was based upon the intricate system of 'courtesy' as here set forth, and John Russell furnishes an interesting comment on Chaucer and his school, as do Rhodes and Seager and Weste on the writers of the sixteenth century. Finally, among these treatises, there is many a plum by the way for the seeker of proverbs, curious lore, superstitions, literary oddities.'. Small rubberstamp of the Metropolitan Club, Washington, DC, to first few pages, else near fine, in a handsome binding. $400.


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.


Ysaguirre & La Marca. Cold Dishes for Hot Weather.


Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY: Harper, 1896.

Fine condition, with recipes for midsummer: anchovy fingers, beet salad, pupton pigeons, potted rabbits, and more! $85.


Mitchell, Margaret J. The Fireless Cook Book: A Manual of the Construction and Use of Appliances for Cooking by Retained Heat.


Illus. with drawings of cooking utensils for retained-heat cooking and warming, butcher cuts, etc. Pictorial green cloth. First Edition. Pictorial green cloth. First Edition. NY: Doubleday, Page, 1909.

With 250 recipes, incl. pickled pigs’ feet, mock turtle soup, chestnut stew, etc. Very good. $60.


Menu and Food Catalog - H.M. Kinsley 1888.


Illus. throughout with color lithographs of food products and restaurant scenes. 8x11, chromolithograph wrappers. Chicago: H.M. Kinsley, 1887-88.

Kinsley’s is self-described herein as “the most complete restaurant and catering establishment in America.” Filled with amazing lithographed images and ads for local purveyors of hams, flowers, ices, jewelry, etc. in variegated colors. Accompanied by price lists of offerings and menu suggestions from Kinsley’s. An absolutely stunning piece of America Victoriana in very good, bright condition. $400. SOLD

McCaffrey, Anne. Cooking Out of This World.


Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. NY: Ballantine, 1973.

A collection of recipies by science fiction and fantasy authors. One of the very few books which Ballantine didn't just mark as an original, but as "very original." Cover art by Jacques Wyrs. Contributors range from Aldiss to Yarbro. Near fine. $50.


S.S. Pierce Co. The Epicure.


45 pp. Illus. from blue-tinted photographs of food products. 8x11, pictorial blue & white wrappers. Boston: 1926.

S.S. Pierce Co., Importers and Grocers, had 4 locations in Boston’s finest neighborhoods in the 1920’s. This is their catalog of food products they imported and sold to the public. Near fine. $60.


My Recipes and Those of My Friends.


322 pp. Dec. cloth. First Edition. NY: Frederick Stokes, 1904.

A wonderful, largely blank recipe books with chapter headings for each subject with quotes from literary figures. Never used. $40.

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.


Family Receipt Book, containing Valuable Receipts and Recommendations.


82 pp. Pictorial wrappers. St. Louis: Collins Bros. Wholesale Druggists, c.1870’s.

Pickled peaches, oyster macaroni, currant jelly, crullers, chow-chow, etc. Very good, with wonderful color illustration. $40.


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.


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.


(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.


Curtice Brothers. Original Menus.


17 pp. Chromolithographed throughout. Chromolithograph wrappers. Rochester: Curtice Bros., 1910.

Menus and recipes from Curtice Brothers Blue Label, producers of all manner of canned and bottled foods, from ketchup and soup to ox tongue, boneless ham, jams, peaches, etc. Very good and bright, with fabulous illustrations. $35.


(Menu) Langham Hotel Cafe, Boston. Bill of Fare, Wednesday, September 30, 1891.

One large folded sheet printed on 4 sides. One could choose from numerous fancy items such as California apricots, Roquefort, green turtle, etc., as well as local fare like steamed Duxbury clams, Little Neck clams on the shell, oyster stew, clam chowder, etc. Fragile with many tears, chips, and marginal pieces lacking, soiling, thus fair only. Scarce. $40


(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.

(Menu - Ansel Adams) Ahwahnee Hotel.


Christmas Dinner at Bracebridge Hall, 1971.

One large folded sheet printed on 4 sides, with cover image of winter trees covered in snow in Yosemite by Ansel Adams. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1971. Very good. $40.

(Menu - Ansel Adams) Ahwahnee Hotel.


Christmas Dinner at Bracebridge Hall, 1954.

One large folded sheet printed on 4 sides, with cover image of a mountain covered in snow in Yosemite by Ansel Adams. 20-pp. text by Ansel Adams & Jeannette Dyer Spenser laid-in (drawings by Frann Reynolds). Text printed in S.F. by 5 Associates in 1953; menu is from Christmas 1954. Very good. $60.

(Menu) Original Vienna Model Bakery Café and Restaurant.


One folded sheet printed on 4 sides, with faded mimeographed specials mounted to inner page. NY: 1893.

According to food historian Jan Whitaker, good bread was nearly impossible to find in the America of the 1870’s, but “the Fleischmann brothers, Charles, Maximillian, and Louis, were determined to improve American bread with their compressed yeast. Although they manufactured it as early as 1872 – as a byproduct of distilled spirits (another Fleischmann enterprise) – its fame was established at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. A short time after the Centennial ended, Vienna Model Bakeries and cafés were opened in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Chicago, very likely making this the country’s first restaurant chain. The cafés, whose coffee was as prized as their baked goods, were modeled on European coffee houses and furnished guests with comfortable seating and newspapers from all over the world. In the 1880s New Yorkers could enjoy their refreshments outdoors amidst planters of flowers under a large awning stretching in front of the 10th and Broadway café, which also had a full-scale restaurant on the second floor. Another distinction of the Manhattan Fleischmann’s was its practice of giving away bread to anyone who would wait in line at midnight. Dubbed ‘the bread line,’ it continued until around 1918 when the bakery café closed.” Very good condition. $50. SOLD

Lincoln, Mrs. Mary J. Choice Receipts for the Use of Crystal Gelatine.


11 pp. Printed wrappers. N.p.: c.1890’s.

Lincoln was the author of the Boston Cook Book, and therefore her recommendations were in high demand. Crystal Gelatine persuaded her to pen several recipes for them, including strawberry charlotte, lemon jelly, Italian cream, and ice cream. Fine. $65.


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.


The Horsford Almanac and Cook Book, 1880.


48 pp. Pictorial wrappers, ribbon tie. Providence: Rumford Chemical Works, 1880.

Horsford made a bread preparation for sale to the public, so many recipes focus on breads: brown bread, graham bread, Horsford French rolls, Tennessee corn bread, etc. Near fine, with wonderful ad on rear wrapper depicting 4 puti running in the woods. $40.


The Horsford Almanac and Cook Book, 1887.


36 pp. Hand-colored wood engravings. Pictorial wrappers, ribbon tie. Providence: Rumford Chemical Works, 1887.

Strawberry shortcake, apple fritters, whopovers, rice bread, etc. Near fine, with expertly hand-colored illustrations. $40.


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.


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.


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) Allen, Mrs. Roy, et al. New Orleans Carnival Cook Book.


124 pp. Illus. incl. numerous ads for NOLA businesses. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. New Orleans: Women’s Republican Publications, 1951.

A detailed history of New Orleans’ Carnival accompanies recipes for New Orleans specialties like roast a la Creole, shrimp & oyster jambalaya, King’s Cake, hot cross buns, “Guineas Gala,” Stella’s pistachio melba, etc. Soiling, else very good, with scarce recipe for King’s Cake. $45.


(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.


(West Virginia) Peoples Cook Book, contains one-hundred and eighty-eight tested recipes, from seventy different people, from eight different states of the United States, with each person’s name to their respective recipes; Also contains much valuable information for the home.


48 + [2] ad pp. Rivesville, WV: Prickett Bros., 1912.

Charming little book with local ads, and recipes mostly from West Virginia residents for chicken pie, Minnehaha Cake (which, it’s noted on the recipe, won first prize at the County Fair in 1911), elderberry wine, vinegar pie, corn muffins, beet salad, numerous pickles, etc. Small piece of lower corner of front wrapper lacking, else very good; scarce. Not found in any reference guides. $200.


(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.


(Oakland) Favorite Recipes Collected by the Ladies’ Aid Society of the First Baptist Church, Oakland, Cal.


156 pp. Illus. with numerous ads for local businesses. Pictorial wrappers. Oakland: c.1900.

Black electrical tape along eroded spine, with contents coming loose slightly, thus fair. Still scarce, with only 2 copies found in U.S. libraries. $65.


(Railroad) Southern Pacific Co. Special Recipes for Guidance of Chefs on Dining and Café Cars.


Cloth-backed boards. First Edition. N.p.: Dining Car, Hotel, Restaurant & News Svc Dept., 1940.

This particular copy was owned by Lloyd Bland Roberts of Oakland, CA, who was a Southern Pacific cook, according to his rank penciled on front free endpaper. He adds a couple recipes in pencil at end, and the book was clearly well used by him. A wonderful piece of S.P.’s past. $120.


Choice Recipes for the Use of Columbus Corn Starch.


12 pp. Pictorial blue & gold wrappers. First Edition. Columbus, OH: Julius J. Wood Starch Co., 1882.

Beautifully illustrated wrappers with a Japanese design, reflecting an American obsession of the time. Recipes use Columbus corn starch, which was made of “the very best selected Indian Corm,” incl. fried oysters, Delmonico pudding, lemon pie, etc. Minor rubbing, a bit of discoloration to rear wrapper, else very good. $30.


(South Carolina) Weiler, Katharine. Country Cookin’ – Written for Lovers of Low-Country Cooking.


Illus. from drawings of South Carolinians. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. N.p.: Katharine Weiler, 1970.

Near fine, with recipes from South Carolina for sassafras tea, Creole pork chops, turtle soup, ambrosia, South Carolina style yams, peanut brittle, etc. $30.


(Southern) Robert E. Lee Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy No. 278. Echoes from the Southern Kitchen.


146 pp. Illus. with ads for Los Angeles stores. Cloth-backed pictorial red boards. First Edition. Los Angeles: Phillips Printing, 1905.

Old fashioned molasses candy, Virginia stew, spider corn bread, etc. are comingled with Waldorf salad, California Orange Salad, etc. Strange! Rubbing to covers, professionally rebacked in later cloth, discoloration to rear board with a bit of offset inside, still about very good and quite scarce. $500.


Lincoln, Mrs. D.A. The Peerless Cook Book.


128 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Boston: Redding, 1886.

This volume was sponsored by Russia Salve, with their ads and testimonials throughout. Soiling, some pieces of wrappers lacking from extremities, closed tear along front hinge – good only, with recipes for German rabbit, clam fritters, brown corn cakes, mango chutney, and other delicious-sounding fare. $60.


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.


(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.


(Cocktails) Saucier, Ted. Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up.


Illus. by American artists such as James Montgomery Flagg, Ben Stahl, Gilbert Bundy, et al. Marginal decorations by Russell Patterson. Cloth cover design of women in martini glasses by Al Dorne, printed acetate jacket, slipcase. NY: Greystone Press, 1954.

A classic from the era of hard drinks and easy women. Fine in rubbed but scarce original slipcase. $200. SOLD

(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.


(Cocktails) Manual for Gaugers of Spirits.

Calf. Washington: Treasury Dept. of the U.S., c.1860-70's.

Filled throughout with charts delineating alcohol proofs by temperature and weight. Good - rare. $65.


(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.


(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.


(Sherry) Hernandez, C.F. Black Beans and a Storm-Tossed Ship.


Illus. from photographs. Green wrappers, lettered in gilt, with yellow rope around spine. Mexico City: C.F. Hernandez, 1932.

A history of Habanero Berreteaga, a blending of "the rarest wines of old Spain with the juice of the pure sugar-cane," and produced in Tabasco, Mexico. Talks all about the history of rare sherry & moscatel, shipped to Cuba from Spain, and winding its way to Mexico. There are photos of the offices and production facilities (sherry and moscatel depts.), as well as numerous recipes for cocktails using Berreteaga. Fine. $95.



Education Division, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs. Manual for Cooks in the Indian Service.

124 pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Washington: U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1936.

Guidelines and advice on nutrition and integration of standard American meals into the diets of Native American schoolchildren at government-run boarding schools. "The fact that the Indian boarding school feeds the children only 10 months out of 12 must be considered when planning the diet. Many of the children report to school in poor physical condition. Cases of malnutrition are not unusual. Because too great a change in diet may cause illness when the children first come to school, they must be watched carefully during the period of adjustment and new foods added gradually to the diet." A few minor creases to wrappers; crease to lower rear corner beginning to tear, else very good. $120.


Favorite Recipes Used by American Woman's Club of Bombay.


Great illustrations with local ads from Colonial Bombay. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. Bombay: American Woman's Club, c.1940.

Mostly recipes for dishes that would remind women in India of England, but with a few Indian hybrid dishes such as Mulligatawny Soup, Almond Soup, and my personal favorite, Bombay Boston Bread with chuppatti flour. Very good condition. $60.


(Utah) Miller, Mrs. Glen. Sarah Daft Home Cook Book: A Collection of Choice and Tested Recipes Contributed by the Members of the Board and their Friends.

Illus. by M.R. Trenam, and with numerous ads for Salt Lake City businesses in rear. Dec. yellow cloth. Third Edition, Enlarged & Revised. Kaysville, UT: Inland Printing, 1923.

Created to benefit the Sarah Daft Home for the Aged. Daft was one of the pioneers of Salt Lake City, arriving in 1856. In early 1900s, there existed no housing in Utah for those described as the "indigent aged." Sarah was a true visionary when in 1904, she set aside funds in her will to establish and maintain a home for the "aged, infirm and blind of both sexes." Her vision was realized with a permanent building in 1914, and remains one of the oldest nonprofit, continuously-operated assisted living facilities in the western United States. Very good. $60.



(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.



(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.


(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.


(Philadelphia) Miss Andrews. Choice Receipts Arranged for the Gas Stove.

110 pp. Brown cloth lettered in gilt. First Edition. Philadelphia: United Gas Improvement, 1893.

American recipes for newly available gas stoves, mostly owned by the elite of Philadelphia. Indian pudding, green turtle soup, bisque of crabs, roasted prairie chicken, and other lost heritage foods. A bit dusty, else very good. $100.

The Care and Feeding of Infants and Diet After the First Year.


72 pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Boston: Mellin’s Food Co., c.1915.

Recipes and advice for new parents on caring for an infant. Discoloration to wrappers, else very good. $45.



Cream of Wheat. Diamond Cook Book Compiled from Tested Recipes.

156, iv index pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Minneapolis: Cream of Wheat Co., c.1910.

Near fine, with recipes for corn fritters, pork pie, Buckeye fried oysters, German chocolate cake, ginger cookies, etc. Near fine. $60.

Calumet Baking Powder. Reliable Recipes.


82 pp. Illus. incl. color. Pictorial wrappers. Chicago: Calumet Baking Powder, c.1920.

Charming, with baking recipes using Calumet Baking Powder, incl. strawberry shortcake, cocoanut cake, baked apple dumplings, rhubarb pudding, etc. Very good. $30.



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) Dennis, Annie. The New Annie Dennis Cook Book: A Compendium of Popular Household Recipes for the Busy Housewife.


447 pp. Cloth. Atlanta: Mutual Publishing, 1901. An early, important work on Georgia cookery, with regional recipes for rice waffles, hominy waffles and grits, Old Virginia loaf bread, Southern negus (a cherry & currant concoction), artichoke pickle, peach short cake, etc. First published in 1893. Fair to good condition with worn covers, but with some wonderful manuscript recipes in contemporary pencil hand to endpapers, for sponge cake, custard cake, etc. Lacking front free endpaper. $75.

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(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.


Parsons, Florence Crosby, ed. Every Woman’s Home Cook Book: An Economical, Practical Guide for the Twentieth Century Housekeeper.

Pictorial boards. Chicago: L.W. Walter, 1911.

Doughnuts, blueberry cakes, watermelon preserve, grandmother’s baked beans, and other American standards. Some spots to browned pages, else very good. $75.


(Preserving) Cruess, William V. Home and Farm Preservation.

Illus. from photographs. Green cloth. First Edition. NY: Macmillan, 1918.

Canning fruits, salting and pickling, preserving meat, drying fruit, making relishes – all covered herein! Fine. $75.

(Bread) Jago, William. The Technology of Bread-making, including the Chemistry and Analytical and Practical Testing of Wheat Flour and Other Materials Emplyed in Bread-Making and Confectionery.

Illus. with drawings and charts. Cloth. First Edition. NY: Bakers' Helper, 1921.
Jago was an important figure in 19th century breadmaking, and helped us understand the sceence behind the art of baking bread. Rubbing to spine ends & corners, else very good. $200.

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(Confectionery) Wehman, Henry J. Confectioner’s Guide and Assistant; or A Complete Instruction in the Art of Candy Making.


124 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. N.p.: Henry Wehman, 1905.

With wonderful illustrations advertising other books by the same publisher in rear. Lemon caramels, fig creams, barley sugar tablets, maraschino ice cream, and other popular turn-of-the-century American candies. Near fine; scarce, and with several period pamphlets from other candy companies laid-in. WorldCat shows just 2 copies in U.S. libraries. $200.

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(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.

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(Confectionery) Enos, Cal. O. Candy Makers’ Manual for the Household.


74 pp. Printed dec. rust-colored wrappers. First Edition. Colorado City, CO: Cal Enos, 1905.

Yankee Honey Caramels, Rum Cordials, Wild Cherry Drops, Original Chewing Taffy, etc. Very good, with order form and publisher’s ephemera laid-in. Rare; WorldCat shows just 1 copy in a U.S. library. $150.

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(Confectionery) Anon. Candy Making at Home by One Who Has Tried It.


96 pp. Chromotlihograph pictorial wrappers. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. Minneapolis: Buckeye Printing, 1885.

American candymaking in the Victorian era included a penchant for lozenges, stick candy, bon bons, caramels, etc. Most importantly, this volume gives instruction in graining sugar, making extracts and artificial colors, etc. at home. Spot to lower front wrapper, else very good and extremely scarce; WorldCat shows just 2 copies in U.S. libraries. $300.

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(Confectionery) Leonard, Iris F. & Dorit Weigert. The Iridor Complete Candy Making Course.


6 vols., 1 in cloth-backed boards, others in wrappers, all orange & black, encased in black portfolio. Illus. from photographs of candymaking, as well as storefronts of various successful candy shops in New York and New Jersey. . NY: G.P. Putnam’s, 1931.

Vols. Include and introductory volume, “Bonbons and other Cream Candies,” “Glace and Hard Candies,” “Caramels and other Chewing Candies,” “Chocolates,” and “The Iridor Business Manual.” Very good to fine, with original letters of introduction, order forms, etc. A fantastic set. $200.

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(Confectionery) White Stokes Book of Candy Formulas.


64 pp. Illus. with color images of chocolates, nut bars, nougats, etc. Stiff printed wrappers. Chicago: White Stokes, 1918.

Near fine, with candy recipes by leading candy makers of the day. $60.

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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.


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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.

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Dumas, Alexandre. Petit Dictionnaire de Cuisine.


[4], iii, [1], 819 pp. Contemporary ¾ olive green levant morocco & marbled boards, gilt-lettered & tooled spine, raised bands, t.e.g. First Edition. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1882.

An abridged version of Dumas' monumental ''Grand dictionnaire de cuisine'' (1873), containing only the recipes and dispensing with the commentary, history and anecdotes. Minor browning to joints, else near fine in lush, Riviere-like binding. $850.

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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.

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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.

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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 substantial volume of Victorian-era cookery. $450.

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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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Brillat-Savarin. The Handbook of Dining; or, Corpulence and Leanness Scientifically Considered. Comprising the art of dining on correct principles consistent with easy digestion, the avoidence of corpulency, and the cure of leanness; together with special remarks - on these subjects.


Translated by Leonard Francis Simpson. Purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Second Edition. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864. x, 170, 32 ad pp. According to James Cummins, this is a ”selective translation of the Physiologie du Goût that by its emphasis on reducing reveals many of the culinary and dietary preoccupations of the day.” First published in 1859.

Sunning to spine; period armorial bookplate, else very good. Bitting p. 437 (for 1859 London ed.); Cagle & Stafford 104; Wheaton and Kelly 855. $450.

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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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(Vegetarian) [Brotherton, Martha]. Vegetable Cookery, with an Introduction Recommending Abstinence from Animal Food & Intoxicating Liquors, by a Member of the Bible Christian Church.


Xix, 363 pp. Copper-engraved title page. Period cloth, original paper spine label. Third Edition. London: Horatio Phillips & Clark, et al., 1829. First published in 1821.

According to Sherrie Inness’ Secret Ingredients: Race, Gender, and Class at the Dinner Table, Joseph Brotherton helped lay the early groundwork for vegetarianism in England, and his wife helped: “From its inception, the British movement was aided by many women. For example, Brotherton’s wife, Martha Harvey Brotherton, published Vegetable Cookery…If more people were vegetarians, she declared, it would ‘prevent much cruelty…and disease, besides many other evils that cause misery in society.’” However, her book was roundly criticized by Thomas Hood, a well-regarded reviewer of the day: “The hint is clearly taken from Grimaldi’s old stage trick of building up a man of vegetables, and the authoress has wisely, or more herbally speaking, sagely, endeavoured to apply pantomime practice to real every-day life, and to support the human body with sour-krout, onions, parsneps, and split-peas.” Last 2 leaves (3 pages of index) are replaced with facsimiles, binding solid but rubbed and discolored; front free endpaper lacking, foxing, thus good. Scarce. Bitting p.613. $750.

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Francatelli, Charles Elme. The Modern Cook; A Practical Guide to the Culinary Art in All its Branches.

xv, 560 pp. Illus. incl. steel-engraved frontis. Stippled green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Seventeenth Edition, Revised & Enlarged. London: Richard Bentley, 1867.
Shelfwear; a bit of discoloration to frontis., else about very good. Francatelli (1805-1876) studied in France under Careme and later became the chief cook to Queen Victoria. $150.

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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. The Book of Entrees.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1886.
Broiled Veal Cutlet with Sorrel, Soft-shell crabs, Curry of Ells with Rice, Boiled Tongue with Spatzen, etc. Discoloration to front cover, some rubbing to extremities, else good. $85.

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Murrey, Thomas. Puddings and Dainty Desserts.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1886.
Deviled chestnuts, cocoanut cake, rum omelet, cold apple pudding, and even "After-dinner Croutons" (!). Very faint stains to covers, else very good. Charming; who could resist the pug? $150.

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Murrey, Thomas. Breakfast Dainties.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1885.
Maize Muffins, Spanish Omelet, Baked Apples, Fried Smelts, and coffee, are just some of the breakfast dainties herein. A bit of rubbing to extremities & front board, else very good & bright. $120.

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Murrey, Thomas. Cookery for Invalids.

Cloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. NY: White, Stokes & Allen, 1887.
In addition to the usual invalid meals (lots of gruel and beef broth), there are recipes for scallop broth, stewed tripe with oysters, pigs' feet, and even sherry and egg. Rubbing to covers and extremities, else good. $120.

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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.


(Ice Cream) Miller, Val. Standard Recipes for Ice Cream Makers, Wholesale and Retail.


Illus. with frontis. photo of the interior of an early ice cream fountain, and with drawings throughout of large-scale production, sample order sheets, etc. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Chicago: Laird & Lee, 1909.

Published for the trade, just as ice cream fountains were taking off in the United States. Very good. $95.

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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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(Preserving) Preserving Foodstuffs by Quick Freezing and Refrigeration.

Illus. from photographs & charts. Gilt-lettered maroon cloth. First Edition. NY: Food Industries, 1931.
A report from the early days of freezing and refrigeration for long-distance transport of foods in America. Very good. $45.

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Brillat-Savarin. Gastronomy as Fine Art or The Science of Good Living.


Translated by R.E. Anderson. Cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. London: Chatto & Windus, 1889.

Piece of cloth lacking from spine head, fading to spine, else good. $75.

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Mowat, Jean. Economy Cook Book: Meals for Small Families.


Illus. with amusing drawings. Jacket. First Edition. Chicago: Laidlaw Bros., 1929.

Near fine, with economical recipes for egg timbales, peanut penuche, molasses taffy, fried smelts, Florida cucumber, etc. $40. SOLD

(WWI) City Dairy Patriotic Cook Book for the Army of Housewives.


32 pp. Pictorial large-format wrappers. Illus. in color. First Edition. Detroit: Frederick C. Mathews, c.1918.

Fish hash, mock salmon steak, corn-custard pudding, hominy-cheese fritters, etc. Near fine. $60.

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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) Evans, Mary Elizabeth. Mary Elizabeth's War Time Recipes.


Illus. incl. frontis. port., tissue guard. Cloth, paper cover label. First Edition. NY: Frederick Stokes, 1918.

Ms. Evans decided to only sell conservation food in her shop during the war, and received so many requests for her troop-saving recipes that she published this cookbook. Very good. $60.

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(WWI) Harrison, Grace Clergue & Gertrude Clergue. Allied Cookery: British, French, Italian, Belgian, Russian.


Intro. by Hon. Raoul Dandurand. Preface by Stephen Leacock & Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Pictorial boards. First Edition. NY: G.P. Putnam's, 1916.

Published in WWI to "aid the war sufferers in the devastated districts of France," this gem includes recipes for world cuisine, including Salmon Teriyaki (Japan), Ribs of Pork in Casserole (Serbian), and Ginger Ice-Cream (Canada). Rubbing to extremities, else 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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(WWII - New York) Gore, Michael, ed. 800 Ways to Save and Serve.


64 pp. Illus. by Rodlow Willard.

Suggestions for not just kitchen recipes, but rationing clothes, saving on soap, managing expenses, etc. 2" closed tear to lower front wrapper, else very good. $25. SOLD

(WWI) U.S. Food Administration; Frederic Haskin, ed. War Cook Book for American Women: Suggestions for Patriotic Service in the Home.

30 pp. Preliminary letter from Herbert Hoover. Tan wrappers. First Edition. [Washington, DC: USFA, 1917].

Service suggestions include: Join the Army Service; Keep Fit; Go Back to the Simple Life; Don't Try Dangerous Experiments, and other sage advice from our government. About fine. $30.

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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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(WWI) Moore, Helen Watkeys. Camouflage Cookery: A Book of Mock Dishes.

Jacket. First Edition. NY: Duffield, 1918.

War-time demand for substitutions and mock dishes create a huge need for recipe books that provided instructions and inspiration. Mock chop suey, five variations on mock terrapin, mock squabs, even mock rabbit and mock caramel custard. Times were hard. Very good in good only jacket; newspaper article with mock recipe suggestions mounted to front free endpaper. $75.

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(WWII) Great Bend Daily Tribune's Reporter of the Air Victory Cook Book.

Large pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Kansas: Christmas, 1942.
"Containing 1,500 tested sugar-saving, meat-saving, war time recipes and hints sent in by 1,500 Central Kansas women." Tamale Pie, rabbit, honey nut bread, pecan pie, etc. Very good. $45.

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(WWI - Illinois) State Council of Defense. Official Recipe Book, Containing All Demonstrations Given During Patriotic Food Show: Chicago, January 5-13, 1918 - Win the War in the Kitchen.


72 pp. Foreword by Herbert Hoover. Pictorial wrappers. Chicago: Illinois State Council of Defense, 1918.

"It is the patriotic duty of every American woman to follow the advice and recipes contained in this book." Owner's names to front wrappers, general wear, else about very good. $30.

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(Gill, Eric) Alexander, Russell George, ed. A Plain Plantain: Country Wines, Dishes, & Herbal Cures, from a 17th Century Household M.S. Receipt Book.


Illus. with 6 woodcut vignettes, three by Eric Gill, one each by David Jones and Desmond Chute and one anonymous. Original printed wrappers. Ditchling, Sussex: S. Dominic’s Press, 1922.

These recipes and household compounds are taken from a 1688 manuscript book written by Susanna Avery. Familiar household herbs and wildflowers are put to use almost poetically, as Alexander describes in his opening remarks: “In the Receipts printed in this book we may read of sprigs of Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Briar and Balm giving a savour to Mead, that drink made of Water & Honey; of Blue Violets ‘steeped in fair running water,’ for a Syrup….” Plantain was a weed used for healing sores and inflammations of the skin. Crease to upper front wrapper, else very good, with lovely printing and woodcuts. Taylor & Sewell A98d. Evan Gill 381. $225.

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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.


(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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(Pastry) Rorer, Sara T. Rorer's Cakes, Ices and Fillings.

Jacket. First Edition. Philadelphia: Arnold, 1905.
Devil's food cake, orange cream cake, Spanish buns, and my favorite, "Hit-or-Miss Cake". Near fine in fair jacket. $95.

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(Pastry) Recipes for Fancy Cake Baking using Heide's Genuine Almond Paste, Kernel Paste, Marshmallow Cake Filler.

52 pp. Frontis. port. of Henry Heide. Printed wrappers. NY: Henry Heide, c.1915.
Almond wafers, Brighton biscuits, apricot kisses, Washington pound cake, etc. Very good. $45.

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Acton, Eliza. Modern Cookery, for Private Families, reduced to a System of Easy Practice, in a Series of Carefully Tested Receipts, in which the principles of Baron Liebig and other eminent writers have been as much as possible applied and explained.

643, [1], 24 ad pp. Profusely illus., incl. 8 steel-engraved plates. Orig. cloth, gilt-lettered & dec. spine. Revised & enlarged edition. London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855.

Tears to cloth along hinges (repaired); later endpapers, else good. Wonderful illustrations. $200.

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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.

(Japan) Protestant Missionary Society. Okusan’s Cook Book.

Illus. from photographs of the home ec. Dept. of the Hokusei Girls School. Dec. cloth, paper cover label. First Edition. Sapporo, Hokkaido: Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, c.1920.

This book has been compiled from the favorite recipes of the women at Camp Crawford and in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It is an answer to the question, ‘May I have the recipe…,’ which you often hear at a morning coffee call, a tea or a dinner.” Unfortunately, the recipes desired were Pineapple Marshmallow Mousse, Chicken Spaghetti, Sauce for Stale Cake, etc. Still, a cool book, with come creasing to a couple middle pages but otherwise very good. $75.

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.

Benton, Caroline French. Fairs & Fetes: How to Give Parties for Profit and Amusement - What to Do and What to Sell.


Illus. with charming plates. Jacket. First Edition. Boston: Dana Estes, 1912.

The author has organized her ideas by season, with an additional section for any time fairs. Some of her suggestions include a festival of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, a military fair, a festival of dolls, a Dickens' fete, an indoor garden party, a poppy and snowflake fair, a cup and saucer sale, and many more. Jacket lacking about 2" of upper spine, else fine in good but scarce jacket. $60.

(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.


(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.

Kirkland, Elizabeth Stansbury. Dora’s Housekeeping.

Illus. with frontis. drawing. Gilt-lettered, silver-stamped blue cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, 1878.

Housekeeping tips written in prose, along with American recipes for pickled butternuts, boiled ham, pumpkin pie, rice cakes, green tomato preserves, hominy cakes, and a Thanksgiving feast. Spine ends & corners rubbed; joints starting, else very good. $85.

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.

Hunt Bros. Company. Forty and Nine Fruit Desserts. 15 pp. S.F.: c.1915. ● Hunt's Supreme Quality: Forty and Nine Fruit Desserts. 14 pp. Hayward: c.1900.


Both in chromolithograph wrappers; first is fine, second very good. $45.

Hill, Janet McKenzie. The Up-to-Date Waitress.

Illus. from photographs of tables, prepared dishes, appliances, uniforms, etc. Pictorial cloth. Boston: Little, Brown, 1911.

Hill was a prolific cookbook author, as well as editor of the Boston Cooking School Magazine during the early 1900's. This is a course book for female servants who presented food to the dining rooms of the master's house. After World War I, this position largely disappeared in New England and was still prevalent only in the South. Spine lettering faded away, ding to lower front corner, else very good. $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.


Praga, Mrs. Alfred. Easy French Dishes for English Cooks.

Pictorial red cloth. First Edition. London: George Newnes, 1900.

A fin de siècle love song to France, with recipes for Timbale de Veau a la Royale, Mouton a la Palestine, Boudins de Volaille a la Supreme, etc. A bit of fading to spine, else very good. Charmant. $150.

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.


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.


Beeton, Mrs. Mrs. Beeton’s Every-Day Cookery.

752 pp. Illus. incl. bright chromolithograph plates & great ads in rear. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. New Edition. London: Ward Lock, 1907.

Large and lovely, with bright color plates of cheeses, fish, cakes, etc. Short tear to cloth at upper spine, else near fine & bright. $200.


(Thailand) Cook Book Bangkok.

Illus. with drawings and local ads. Cloth-backed dec. yellow and green boards. [Bangkok: YMCA, c.1965].

Printed in Thai and English, with 225 pages of American and Southeast Asian recipes. Very good. $75.


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.



Fuller, Andrew S. The Illustrated Strawberry Culturist: Containing the History, Sexuality, Field and Garden Culture of Strawberries….

Illus. with engravings. Gilt-lettered flexible cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1895.

Near fine, with descriptions of all the bygone varieties of American strawberries, which should be revived for their names alone: Black Defiance, Brooklyn Scarlet, Old Iron Clad, etc. $95.


Harland, Marion. The Comfort of Cooking and Heating by Gas.

Illus. with drawings of various rooms in the house being heated by gas. Gold wrappers printed in red. First Edition. NY: William Crane, 1898.

325 recipes by Harland, and illustrations showing the benefits of comfort through gas heating in each room of the house. Very good. $45.


Harland, Marion. The Art of Cooking by Gas.

Illus. with numerous ads for gas ranges, curling irons, laundry heaters, hot water tanks, radiators, etc. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. NY: William M. Crane, 1897.

The first gas stoves were developed as early as the 1820s, but these remained isolated experiments. James Sharp patented a gas stove in Northampton, England in 1826 and opened a gas stove factory in 1836. At the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, a gas stove was shown, but only in the 1880s did this technology start to become a commercial success as the gas pipe network began to grow. Very good. $80.


[Andrews, Julia C.]. Breakfast, Dinner and Tea: Viewed Classically, Poetically, and Practically. Containing Numerous Curious Dishes and Feasts of All Times and All Countries. Besides Three Hundred Modern Receipts.

Gilt-lettered pebbled brown cloth, a.e.g. First Edition. NY: D. Appleton, 1859. Axford, p. 43; Cagle AMERICAN, 44; Lowenstein 771; Wheaton & Kelly 158; cf. Bitting, p. 523, for a later 1868 edition.

Wonderful American fare: pickled nasturtiums, strawberry shortcake, lobster salad, green tomatoes (called “higdom”), as well as an impressive drinks section: parsnip wine, ginger beer, buttered ale, egg flip, an lengthy description of drinking cups, etc. Chipping to spine foot, else 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, Juliet. Every Day Cookery, Table Talk and Hints for the Laundry.

96 pp., with ads in rear and catalog of kitchen equipment from the Adams & Westlake Mfg. Co. in front. Orig. printed wrappers. Chicago: Adams & Westlake, 1884.

Corson was the Superintendent of the New York School of Cookery. Recipes for American fare such as stewed lobster, boiled green corn, succotash, sliced apple pie, squash pie, etc. Scarce. $250.


Corson, Juliet. Fifteen Cent Dinners for Workingmen's Families.

Orig. printed wrappers. NY: 1877-8.

A warning on the front wrapper reads, "All persons are cautioned not to pay for this book. This edition of 50,000 copies is published for free circulation only." The paragraph on the benefits of beer for nursing women is particularly illuminating. In 1876 she founded the New York Cooking School, open to rich and poor, charging tuition on a sliding scale so that no one would be turned away. Fine - quite scarce. $350.


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.

(Coconut) Rorer, Mrs. Sarah T. & Alice Cary Waterman. Delicious Desserts

16 pp. Pictorial wrappers., chromolithograph ad for Dunham’s Original Shred Cocoanut on rear wrapper. N.p.: c.1890.

Very good, with all coconut dessert recipes. $40.


Rorer, Mrs. Sarah T.

Bread and Bread-Making: How to Make Many Varieties Easily and with the Best Results. Cloth. SIGNED. 1899. $75. SOLD * Left Overs: How to Transform Them into Palatable and Wholesome Dishes. Cloth. SIGNED. 1898. $75. * New Salads: For Dinners, Luncheons, Suppers and Receptions. With a Group of Odd Salads and Some Ceylon Salads. Jacket. SIGNED. 1897. $150. All three are in near fine condition, scarce signed, and with lovely, simple vignettes.


BUY Left Overs


BUY New Salads



Lincoln, Mrs. D.A. Boston School Kitchen Text-Book: Lessons in Cooking for the Use of Classes in Public and Industrial Schools.

JCloth-backed chromolithograph boards. First Edition. Boston: Roberts Bros., 1887.

Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln (July 8, 1844 – December 2, 1921) was an influential Boston cooking teacher and cookbook author. She used Mrs. D.A. Lincoln as her professional name during her husband's lifetime and in her published works; after his death, she used Mary J. Lincoln. Considered one the pioneers of the Domestic Science movement in the United States, she was among the very first to use precise measurements in her recipes, and to address the scientific and nutritional basis of food preparation. Rubbing to corners, paper loss to rear cover, still very good; the scarce first edition. $500.


(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.


Campbell, John A. How to Make Salads.


16 pp. Illus. with drawings. Pictorial chromolithograph wrappers, orig. mailing envelope. Detroit: Horton-Cato, 1894.

Campbell was the head chef of the Administration Building at the Columbus World’s Fair in Chicago. Here’ he’s pimping Horton-Cato’s Royal salad dressing with numerous salad recipes. Beautiful and bright chromolithograph covers, in poor but scarce original printed envelope. $40.


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.


Rhodes, Susie Root & Grace P. Hopkins. The Economy Administration Cook Book.

Illus. from photographs of the White House, President Wilson's manuscript recipes, prominent ladies of Washington during the Wilson administration, etc. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. NY: Syndicate Publishing, 1913.

Recipes from wives of congressmen, senators, and of course, the vice president and president, as well as of ambassadors, attaches, et al. Mrs. John Hollis Bankhead (Senator, Alabama) offers her Roast Quail, Reed or Sora Birds recipe, while Mrs. Josephus Daniels (wife of the Secretary of the Navy) instructs the reader on North Carolina Fruit Cake. A bit of paper loss to upper front cover, else very good. $80.


(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.


(Jewish - Oregon) Council of Jewish Women. The Neighborhood Cook Book.

Illus. with local ads for Jewish businesses and a photo of the Neighborhood House, the settlement center of the Portland section at 2nd and Wood Sts. White boards printed in black. Second Edition. Portland, OR: 1914.

Originally published two years earlier, this contains familiar favorites for Portland's Jewish population, including herring, gefilte fish, scharfe fish, goose liver patties, etc., but also with seasonality charts for fish and game, with recipes for prairie chicken, wild duck, pheasant, etc. White rubbing off of boards at extremities, else very good. $120.


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.


Welch, Deshler. The Bachelor and the Chafing Dish, with a Dissertation on Chums.

Illus. by Francis Day & George Halm. Silver-stamped pictorial cloth. First Edition. NY & Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1896.

Recipes from "bon vivants in clubs, yachting circles, Army and Navy..." A true 19th c. American bachelor's delight, with military chafing-dish camp recipes (chafed duck, spring chicken, Commodore Gerry Crab, turtle steak a la Henry Guy Carleton), sayings of Savarin, odes to the fairer sex, etc. Very good and bright. $60.


(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.


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. Fine. $95.


Richard, Janet & Charles. Basic Chinese and Japanese Recipes. Pictorial wrappers.


Third Edition, Revised & Expanded. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1958.

An important contribution to California cookbook history, published by the champions of the beat poets of San Francisco. Recipes include dashi, misoyaki, abalone soup, lo han chai, etc. Crease to upper front corner, else very good. $30.


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.


(Hawaii) Ladies' Society of Central Union Church, eds. Hawaiian Cook Book.

Original flexible cloth. Fifth Edition. Honolulu: Hawaiian Gazette, 1909. Originally published in 1882,

the recipes, according to editor Ellen McCully, were "mainly contributed by the ladies of Oahu and the other Islands..." Some unusual recipes include "Soupe de Corbeaux", which calls for two mynah birds to be roasted and ground, then served on fried toast slices. A highly unusual contribution for the period is "A Hawaiian Feast." "Ahaaina" or more commonly called "Luau." This contribution from Miss Louisa Brickwood and daughters gives directions for preparing and serving a luau. Bookplate of the collection of Mrs. Thomas Scruggs & Margaret Cook, whose cookbook collection was quite famous. Front joint cracked, a few ads & blank pages torn out, else good. $350.


Kander, Mrs. Simon. Thirty Picked Recipes.

16 pp. Illus. with ads in rear for Nesco Granite-ware. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition.

Kander was the author of the famed Settlement Cookbook, which was a standard in every Jewish-American home from the 1930's through the '60's. She has some great Jewish standards in this little booklet as well, such as Milwaukee Rye Bread, Hungarian Gulash, Rye Bread Torte, and even a recipe for Mud Hens (not that that's a Jewish thing). Fine; scarce. $60.


(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


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.


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.


Lamb, Charles (a.k.a. Elia). A Dissertation Upon a Roast Pig.

Illus. with Chinese-style drawings in reddish-brown. Tan burlap cloth, printed cover label. Brooklyn: Comet Press, 1940.

Fine and unopened. Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist best known for his humorous Essays of Elia from which the essay 'A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig' is taken. This edition, published just after WWII began, was offered by the Comet Press as a holiday keepsake "this year as some measure of joy in a chaotic world." $120.


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.


[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.


(WWI) Lynch, Reah Jeannette. "Win the War" Cook Book.

Illus. with frontis. port., patriotic illustration on following page, and ads in rear, incl. color. Pictorial buff cloth. First Edition. Missouri: St. Louis County Unit, Woman's Committee Council of National Defense, 1918. Chapters on Wheat Substitutes, Sugar Substitutes, Fat and Butter Substitutes, Meat Savers, Home Canning, etc., with patriotic quotes from America's leaders, incl. Herbert Hoover. A few faint spots and light bumping to corners, else near fine, with owner's name and date of 1920 to front free endpaper. $120.

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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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McAvoy Brewing Co. Malt Marrow Cook Book.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. N.p.: Felix Mendelson, 1912. While somewhat stained & worn, this is a charming cookbook of recipes using Malt Marrow, "the tonic of the age." $40.

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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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(Swedish Cookbook). Gronberg, Amalia. Ekonomisk Kokbok och Hushallslara.

Illus. with meat charts in red & black print. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Helsinki: Forlagsaktiebolaget Otava, 1912. pp. 97-98 well-worn and taped back in; inner joints reinforced, else very good, with great illustrations. A nice early Swedish book, published in Finland. $50.

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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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(Colorado) Snow, Mrs. Mary B. Mrs. Snow's Practical Cook Book for Home and Schools.

White-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. Denver: 1903. Several pages of local ads in rear, as well as a couple blank pages with manuscript pencil recipes from the owner. Lower front corner broken, general shelf wear, else very good - an early Devner imprint. $150.

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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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Brillat-Savarin. The Physiology of Taste, or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy.

Intro. by Arthur Machen. Woodcut designs by Andrew Johnson. Frontis. port. 4to, 3/4 white & blue boards, gilt-lettered spine. No. 100 of 500 copies. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1926. Armorial bookplate of Dudley Lunt. A bit of darkening to spine, rubbing to spine head, else a very good copy of a scarce limited edition. $300.

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Coburn, F.D. Swine Husbandry: A Practical Manual for the Breeding, Rearing and Management of Swine.

Illus. with wood engraving of pigs and their enclosures. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. First Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1877. A fascinating look at the heritage pig breeds in America, and in fine, stunning condition. $150.

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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.

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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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Sisters of the Church of the Bretheren. Inglenook Cook Book.

Pictorial white cloth. New & Revised Edition. Elgin, IL: Bretheren Publishing, 1920.

Inglenooks were the dining areas of bungalows that became popular during the Arts & Crafts movement at the early part of the 20th century. This collection of recipes includes American classics like Baked Hominy, Turnip Slaw, Virginia Potpie, and several German recipes reflecting the emigrant heritage of the Midwest. Very good and bright. $45. SOLD


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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Phin, John. Open Air Grape Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Garden and Vineyard Culture of the Vine, and the Manufacture of Domestic Wine. Designed for the Use of Amateurs and Others in the Northern and Middle States...to which is added a selection of examples of American vineyard practice.

Illus. with wood engravings. Orig. blindstamped green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: C.M. Saxton, 1862.

An unusual Civil War-era book on winemaking in the United States, with the latest methods of growing and producing detailed. Saxton was an important agricultural publisher in the 19th century. Very good condition. $250.

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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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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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(Washington State) Choice Receipts, selected from the Best Manuscript Authorities...Published Toward the Erection of a Girl's School at Walla Walla.

Gilt-lettered green cloth.68 pp. Hartford: 1873. An explanatory preface states that, "The first edition of this little book, issued in 1872, for the benefit of Christ Church Fair, sold so rapidly, that the demand far exceeded the supply..." and that this second, revised edition had been printed, "...the proceeds of which have been donated by the compiler toward the erection of a Girl's School at Walla Wall, Washington Territory." Recipes seem to hail from the East Coast, however: Hartford Election Cake, Philadelphia Ice Cream, etc. Near fine. $150.

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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. r, 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.

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Etablissements Nicolas. Liste des Grands Vins Fins 1934.

30 pp. Illus. with color woodcuts by Latour. Comb-bound, six-color & silver-stamped stiff wrappers. Charentonle: 1934. Etablissements Nicolas was at the cutting edge of advertising, with their catalogs all designed by the most modern artists and designers of the day. About fine. $250.

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Marinetti. The Futurist Cookbook. Trans. by Suzanne Brill. Ed. with intro. by Lesley Chamberlain.

Illus. from tinted photographs. Dec. wrappers. First Edition Thus. San Francisco: Bedford Arts. 1989. Scarce edition of this famous manifesto. Fine. $95.

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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.


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Home Cooking Recipes from the Waldorf-Astoria.


Ed. By Rebekah Hufcut. 32 pp. Pictorial wrappers. NY: Waldorf-Astoria, 1936.

Roasted stuffed duck with orange, chicken shortcake, cock-a-leekie soup, New England boiled dinner, and other hotel specialties. Some soiling to wrappers, else very good. $40.



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.

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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.

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Street, Julian. Wines.


Jacket. NY: Knopf, 1966. Originally published in 1933, my favorite thing about this book is the rave review by Mrs. Julian Street on the front cover! Very good and bright. $45.

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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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Liebling, A.J. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris.


Jacket. First Edition. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1962.

Liebling is best known for his writings on boxing (he coined the term, "the sweet science"), but his musings as a foreign correspondent on the food scene in Paris between the wars are still relevant today. Fine copy of a classic of food literature. $150.


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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