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Sassu, Antonio. La Vera Cucina in Sardegna.

Illus. with drawings of scenes of Sardinia. Pictorial boards. Second Edition. Rome: Casas Editrice Anthropos, 1986.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. Regional and historic recipes from Sardinia, including coldizedda, aranzata di bortigiadas, panada di anguille, acciuleddi, etc., with their translation into Italian (from Sardinian dialect). Historical notes accompany chapters. Closed crack along fron inner joint, else very good and bright. $50. SOLD

Anelini, Piergiorgio, et al., eds. Antologia della Cucina Populare. Preface by Corrado Barberis

Illus. with drawings of Italian peasantry. Large format cloth in jacket. Third Edition. Fabriano: Comunita Montana Alta Valle dell'Esino, 1993.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. An anthology of peasant food in rural Italy, including recipes for dishes such as pane nociato, le fave dei morti, scorzette di mele, coniglio all'arrabbiata, braciolette di crastato, etc. An appendix discusses the wines of each region. Very good. $60.

Carnacina, Luigi & Luigi Veronelli. La Cucina Rustica Regionale: Puglia, Basilicata, Sicilia, Sardegna, Interregionali.

Illus. profusely with color photographs. Jacket. First Edition. Milan: Rizzoli, 1979.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. Volume 4 of a series on regional Italian cooking, with recipes from four fascinating regions: Sardinia, Sicily, Basilica, and Puglia. Very good and bright. $60.

(Spain) Hierro, Miguel Salcedo. La Cocina Andaluza

559 pp. Illus. with color photographs. Pictorial boards. Sevilla: Centro Andaluz del Libro, 1989.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. A deeply complete encyclopedia of Andalucian cuisine, with nearly 600 pages of regional recipes from southernmost Spain. (In Spanish). Very good. $60.

Menesini, Renzo. Le Erbe Aromatiche in Cucina: Aromatic Culinary Herbs

Illus. with beautiful color drawings of culinary herbs. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Lucca: Maria Pacini Fazzi, 1992.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. In Italian and English, this charming volume described the edible herbs of Italy, and also contains numerous recipes for using them. Near fine. $40.

Padovan, Rachele. La Cucina Ampezzana.

Illus. with drawings by Mariuccia Buscicchio. Pictorial salmon wrappers. First Edition. Padua: Franco Muzio, 1981.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. Wonderful, whimsical illustrations of kitchen utensils and techniques like hanging prosciutto, kneading bread, raking hay, pulling beets out of the ground, and possibly beating recalcitrant children (can't quite tell for sure what's going on in this image). Cuisine of the Dolomites/Veneto area. Very good. $40.

Canade, Teresa Gravina. Un Calabrese in Cucina: Ricette, Tradizioni e Lessico Gastronomico

Illus. with drawings and color photographs. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Messina: Rubbettino Editore, 1994.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. An in-depth look at the cuisine of Calabria, with historical context and recipes for traditional cucina povera like pasta e ceci, spezzatino di pollo al limone, pomodoro gratinati, melanzene al funghett, biscottini fritti, dolcetti di sesamo, etc. Recipe titles in Calabrese and Italian. Very good. $50.

Sandri, Amedeo. La Polenta nella Cucina Veneta. Preface by Giuseppe Maffioli. Wine appendix by Maurizio Fallopi. Drawings by Tomaso Boniolo of polenta-making methods.

Jacket. Second Edition. Padua: Franco Muzzio, 1985.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf, signature to front free endpaper, and a few marginal notes throughout. Every variation of polenta one can imagine, with history and in-depth recipe descriptions throughout. Short tears to jacket extremities & 2" piece lacking from upper rear jacket panel, else very good. $75.

Sada, Luigi. La Cucina della Terra di Bari

Illus. from historic photographs. Jacket. First Edition. Padua: Franco Muzzio, 1991.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. In-depth descriptions of the regional food and recipes of Bari, including local olive oil, vegetables, meat, cheese, fish and sweets. Dialect dictionary in rear. Short tears to jacket extremities, else very good. $65.

Marini, Marino. La Cucina Bresciana.

Illus. from historic photographs. Jacket. First Edition. Padua: Franco Muzzio, 1993.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. In-depth descriptions of the regional food and recipes of Brescia, including local soups, antipasti, meat, greens, fish, dessert, etc. Short tears to jacket extremities, else very good. $65.

Muzi, Beatrice & Allan Evans. La Cucina Picena.

Illus. from historic photographs. Jacket. First Edition. Padua: Franco Muzzio, 1991.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf and numerous ink notes in margins of pp. 71-72. Warmly inscribed & signed by the authors to Wolfert on flyleaf. In-depth descriptions of the regional food and recipes of the Marche, including soups, polentas, pork, eggs, marmalades and preserves, etc. Short tears to jacket extremities, else very good. $75.

Grossi, Francesca. Cucina Tradizionale della Lunigiana.

Illus. with drawings. Green wrappers. Lucca: Maria Pacini Fazzi, 1995.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf and one marginal ink note. A bit of soiling to wrappers and slight warping to pages, still very good, with rustic regional recipes for polenta di castagne, rotolini di Mocrone, testaroli, soladella, frittelle di erba amara, etc. $40.

Marinoni, Jacopo. Cucina e Salute con le erbe spontanee nelle Tre Venezie. Preface by Giuseppe Maffioli.

Illus. with color photographs & drawings of foragable herbs. Jacket. First Edition. Padua: Franco Muzzio, 1984.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. Identification of wild herbs in Northern Italy, with regional recipes for using them in cooking. Glossary in rear. Near fine; scarce. $75. SOLD

Sorzio, Angelo. Conservatutto Carni e Pesci Sottovetro.

Illus. with color photographs and line drawings. Pictorial boards. Milan: Fratelli Fabbri Editori, 1977.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. A well-illustrated and highly detailed book on conserving meat, fowl, and fish, generally by potting them in jars. Very good. $60.

Frati, Luigi. Antichi Sapori da Riscoprire.

Illus. with drawings by Marisa Barontini. Stiff pictorial wrappers. No. 113 of 150 copies. Osimo: Luigi Frati, 1994.

Rediscovering ancient flavors is the theme of this charming Italian cookbook. Minor rubbing to extremities, else very good. $150.

Sardo, Maria Consoli. Cucina Nostra.

Illus. with numerous photographs and drawings. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Palermo: S.F. Flaccovio, 1978.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. An in-depth and historical dive into Sicilian cuisine, focusing on olives, wild herbs, eggs, pigs, fish, grapes, etc. Sunning to spine, else very good - an early book on the subject of Sicilian cooking. $60.

Ferrante, Maria Pignatelli. La Cucina delle Murge: Curiosita e Tradizioni.

Illus. from historic photographs. Jacket. First Edition. Padua: Franco Muzzio, 1991.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. In-depth descriptions of the regional food and recipes of Puglia, including local potatoes, pork, mushrooms, focaccia, olive oil, vegetables, beef, wine, fish and sweets. Short tears to jacket extremities, else very good. $65. SOLD

(Foraging) Toto, Lorenzo. Gosto, Matilde e la Cucina di Una Volta: Le Ricette con i doni dell'orto, del prato, del cortile, del bosco.

Illus. with drawings of wild edibles. Dec. wrappers. First Edition. Alessandria: Editrice Taro, 1997.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf. Near fine - an exploration of foragable plants in Italy, and their historic uses. $45.

Uccello, Antonio, ed. Del Mangiar Siracusano.

Illus. with line drawings. Pictorial blue wrappers. Second Edition. Siracusa: Ente Provinciale per il Turismo, 1979.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to title page. Minor creasing to front wrapper, else very good, with recipes and historic descriptions of Siracusan cuisine: carciofi fritti a cervella, fungo di carrubo in umido, fagottino del budello di beccaccia, pastizzu di Natale, etc. Each chapter is by a different author. $45.

Piceci, Tonio. Oltre le Orecchiette: La Cucina Salentina

Illus. with numerous drawings; text in script. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Lecce: Edizioni del Grifo, 1994.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to flyleaf and one 3x5 card with manuscript notes by her laid-in. Very good, with wonderful regional recipes for and history of orecchiette. $60.

(Spain) Ripoll, Luis. Libro de Cocina Menorquina.

Illus. with drawings. Pictorial wrappers. Palma de Mallorca: Luis Ripoll, 1983.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. Minorcan cuisine, with charming illustrations and recipes for codornices con salsa, buey rehogado, datiles de mar guisados, various salsas, dulces, etc. Very good. $30.

(Preserves) Le Livre des Confitures et des Confiseries, d'apres le cuisinier royal et bourgeois MDCCXII.

Illus. with drawings of fruit by Celestine Dablan. Foil-covered boards. 1 of 1,000 copies. First Edition. Paris: Lagrue, 1967.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. Recipes for every kind of fruit preserve, written in prose form, with charming line drawings by Dablan. Very good. $60.

Louc, Marcel et Roger. Cocktails et Grands Crus.

Illus. with numerous photographs of bartenders around the world, as well as color photos of cocktails, and many ads for liquors and wines. Gilt-lettered flexible leather. First Edition. Paris: Albert Moiret, 1953.

Images of barmen from Mexico to Switzerland to Baltimore are accompanied by their house cocktails. In addition, various liquor and wine companies placed ads in color and black and white throughout. Cocktail recipes are plentiful, as are descriptions and advice about wine service and vintages. Fading to spine, rubbing to extremities and along hinges, else very good. A fantastic book! $250.

Daudet, Leon. A Boire et a Manger.

Illus. with woodcuts by Jos Jullien. Pictorial wrappers, glassine. No. 1094 of 1200 copies. First Edition. Paris: Au Pigeonnier, 1927.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. A beautiful book about the charms of drinking and eating in France, with lush woodcuts by Jullien. Fine, with a gorgeous 1920's bookplate of James Chomel. $200. SOLD

Croze, Austin de. Les Plats Regionaux de France: 1400 succulentes recettes traditionelles de toutes les provinces Francaises.

Pictorially embossed brown morocco. Luzarches: Daniel Morcrette, 1977.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. A lovely reprint of this classic work on French regional cooking, first published in 1928. Upper half of front hinge cracked through, else good. $65.

Amunategui, Francis. L'Art des Mets ou Traite des Plaisirs de la Table.

Pictorial wrappers, glassine. Paris: Librairie Artheme Fayard, 1959.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. A lovely treatise on the traditional dishes of France, including bifteck du pauvre, rognons de veau Bercy, l'escargot, tarte des desmoiselles tatin, fondue Bourguignonne, etc. A couple ink squiggles in margins by Wolfert, else near fine. $75.

De Pomiane, Edouard. Vinget Plats qui Donnent la Goutte.

2 parts in one. Illus. throughout with drawings by Andre Giroux. Stiff pictorial wrappers bound-in to pictorial burnt orange morocco. No. 76 of 100 copies. Paris: J. Dedicourt, 1983.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. De Pomiane (1865-1974) was a well-known French food writer who distinguished himself by writing about the commonness of food at a time when it was written about in elevated, elegant terms. This edition is a beautiful reprint of the 1935 edition, with charming illustrations. Fine. $120. SOLD

Bringer, Rodolphe. Les Bons Vieux Plats du Tricastin.

Pictorial stiff wrappers bound-in to period red morocco marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, raised bands. Avignon: Ayzac, [1930].

Ads in rear for local food products of the Vaucluse, including truffles, chocolate, liqueurs, etc. Recipes and descriptions of the foodways of this small region of Southern France, in the north of Provence. About fine. $120.

Lunel, Yves, ed. La Cervelle: Dix Facons de la Preparer.

Lavender wrappers, unopened. No. 522 of 800 copies. Second Edition. Paris: l"Imprimerie Quotidienne, 1982.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. An early edition of the now-famous series, "Dix Facons de la Preparer," this volume covers how to cook brains. Fading to extremities, else very good. $40.

Jamil-Garbutt, Nina. The Baghdad Kitchen

Illus. Pictorial boards. Surrey: Kingswood Press, 1985.

Paula Wolfert's copy, with her stamp to front free endpaper. A scarce work on Iraqi cuisine before the U.S. invasions. Recipes include aubergines with tahina, layered fish with rice, almonds and sultanas, baked khuba, date syrup, etc., with Iraqi names of each dish included. Very good. $35.

Horsford, E.N. The Theory and Art of Bread Making: A New Process Without the Use of Ferment

47 pp. Illus. with drawings of wheat grains and gluten. Light blue printed wrappers. First Edition. Cambridge: Rumford, 1861.

Eben Norton Horsford was appointed the Rumford Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University in 1847, and remained at that post for 16 years. While he is best remembered today for reformulating baking powder, this book on making bread without ferment was a breakthrough as well. Short tear & corresponding crease to upper front wrapper, else very good; quite scarce. $300.

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Robinson, Nicholas. A Treatise on the Virtues and Efficacy of a Crust of Bread, Eat in a Morning Fasting; to which are added , some particular remarks concerning great Cures accomplished by the Saliva, or Fasting-Spittle, as when internally given, in the Scurvy, Gravel, Stone, Rheumatism, and divers other diseases, arising from obstructions. By A Physician.

75 + [1] ad pp. 3/4 morocco & cloth, gilt-lettered spine, raised bands. Fourth Edition. London: Printed for A. and C. Corbett; and sold by J. Crouse in Norwich, 1765.

An early treatise on the medical benefits to digestion from bread. Frond cover detached but present, otherwise good and complete - rare. $350.

Michels, John. Creamery Butter-Making

Illus. with drawings and photographs. Gilt-lettered dark green cloth. Seventh Edition. Wauwatosa, WI: John Michels, 1912.

A self-published, in-depth look at American butter-making, with advice on everything from animal husbandry to building a dairy and barn, to sample sales sheets and scientific image of fat globules (!). Owner's name & Ithaca dairy address, dated 1915-16, to front free endpaper. Hinges starting, else very good. $75.

Robacker, Earl F. Home Craft Course: Pennsylvania German Cooky Cutters and Cookies.

Illus. profusely with images of historic cookie cutters as well as diagrams for making your own (!). Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Plymouth Meeting: Mrs. C. Naaman Keyser, 1946.

A fascinating look at the history of Pennsylvania German cookie cutters, with recipes in rear as well as instructions for making cookie cutters at home. Sunning to extremities, else very good. $40.

Loeb, Robert H. Wolf in Chef's Clothing.

Illus. throughout with drawings by Jim Newhall. 8x11, cloth in jacket. First Edition. Chicago: Wilcox & Follett, 1950.

A charming mid-century cookbook for men, featuring simplistic (but humorously illustrated) instructions for cooking a steak, mixing a salad, poaching an egg, etc., with commentary right out of the Mad Men era. 1" piece of jacket lacking from spine head, short closed tears & chipping to extremities, else very good and bright. $50. SOLD

Ladies of Kingsley Methodist Church. The Milwaukee Cook Book.

305 pp. Illus. with photographs of Milwakee homes, churches, and buildings, as well as with ads from Milwaukee businesses. Tan cloth lettered in red. First Edition. Milwaukee: Houtkamp Printing, 1907.

Recipes for regional specialties like wild ducks, fried teal, larded fillets of hare, roast Belgina hare, broiled quails, pickled lilly, spiced currants, green tomato pickles, pickled red cabbage, etc. Faint dampstaining to a few pages, else very good. $75.

Whitfield, W.C. Here's How: Mixed Drinks.

Illus. by Tad Shell. Pictorial wooden boards depicing a rooster drinking a cocktail, bound with leather string. First Edition. Asheville, NC: Three Mountaineers, 1941.

Fine condition, with cocktail recipes for Astor punch, solar plexus punch, Manhattan cooler, Santa Cruz rum fix, Hapsburg punch, etc. $75.

"Charles." The Cocktail Bar.

Jacket. London: Foulsham, 1960.

A bright and colorful version of a classic cocktail book, with instructions for mixing a Dempsey cocktail, an Alaska cocktail, a martini, and old-fashioned, and everything in-between. Very good. $75.

Kenealy, Capt. A.J. Royal "Camp Cookery" for Miners, Lumbermen, Ranchmen, Sportsmen, Yachtsmen, and for All Out-door Cooking

32 pp. Gray wrappers lettered in red. First Edition. NY: Royal Baking Powder, 1919.

Published by the Royal Baking Powder Co. (with great graphic on rear wrapper), this outdoor cookbook contains recipes for field bread baked in a frying pan, feathered game, squirrels and rabbits, pork and beans Brunswick stew, planked fish, roast clams, how to dress a deer and make a campfire, etc. Fine. $45.

Biardot, A. Franco-American Soups: How They Are Made

Illus. with drawings throughout. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Jersey City Heights, NJ: Franco-American Food Co., n.d. The Franco-American Soup Company began on Greenwich Street in New York City in 1887.

They claimed to source their terrapin and rice from South Carolina, their duck from Philadelphia, and their green turtles from the West Indies. A beautiful book, likely from around 1910. Not in Bitting. $75.

(Chinese) Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association. Noodles and Rice and Everything Nice.

Illus. with drawings. Red cloth lettered in black. Hong Kong: Local Printing Press, 1950.

Put together by the Hong Kong Y.W.C.A., with recipes for eight precious duck, crip-fried garoupa with sweet-sour sauce, braised sliced abalone, crab-fat with green vegetables, chestnuts & Tientsin cabbage, frog meat and chicken, Szechuen Duck, etc. Very good. $65.

(Colorado) Mile-High Cakes: Recipes for High Altitudes.

28 pp. Illus. from photographs. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Fort Collins: Colorado A & M College, 1948.

Baking at high altitude has always been a challenge, and Coloradans met the challenge head-on. Instructions include types of cakes, methods for mixing, baking times and temperatures, etc., with varying instructions for 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000 feet. Very good. $30.

J.R. Watkins Co. The Romance of Vanilla.

Illus. from photographs & drawings. Pictorial wrappers. Winona, MN: J.R. Watkins, 1928.

A description of the history of vanilla, how it is harvested and refined, and with recipes using Watkins Vanilla. Fine. $30. SOLD

J.R. Watkins Co. Spices from the Orient.

Illus. from photographs & drawings. Pictorial wrappers. Winona, MN: J.R. Watkins, 1927.

A gorgeous book of spices and extracts produced by J.R. Watkins, with illustrations detailing the harvesting and manufacture of black and red pepper, cloves, mustard, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and sage. Very good and bright. $40.

Ukers, William H. All About Coffee.

Illus. from photographs & drawings. Jacket. Second Edition. NY: Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, 1935.

The book presents information about the historical, technical, scientific, commercial, social, and artistic aspects of coffee. The last pages contain chronology of coffee (562 dates of historical importance), dictionary of coffee (347 definitions) , coffee bibliography (2000 authors & titles), coffee thesaurus, and index (10,000 references). The bible on the subject. Very good. $400.

(Jewish) Field, Miriam. Festive Manna.

34 pp. Illus. Dec. brown wrappers. NY: Standard Brands, 1966.

While presented by Standard Brands (makers of Planters Oil), the author seems to have gone slightly rogue and created a book of recipes that looks more to the natural foods movement than back to the canned foods one. Recipes include golden raisin carrot torte, Persian poppy seed puffs, herbed garden salad, "Provocative Chopped Liver," Red Sea slaw, Israeli corn fritters, sweet potato and prune tzimmes, etc. Wrappers detached and crudely taped back into place, chipping to extremities, owner's embossed stamp to front wrapper, thus fair only. $35

(Jewish) Manieschewitz Co. Tempting Kosher Dishes, Prepared with World-Famous Manischewitz Products.

Illus. with ads for Manieschewitz products. Pictorial wrappers. Seventh Edition. Cincinnati & Jersey City: B. Manischewitz, 1949.

Front half is in English, rear half in Hebrew, with recipes for fried macaroons, farfel pudding, baked matzos and cheese, Boston chremsel, baked tomato matzos, etc. Crease to upper front wrapper, dampstain to upper corners of first couple pages, else very good. $40

(Jewish) Cohn, Rabbi Jacob. The Royal Table: An Outline of the Dietary Laws of Israel

Brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition. NY: Bloch, 1936.

Kosher laws, ethics, and requirements are laid out in this in-depth book, with chapters on cooking by gentiles, how dishes are purified, agricultural prohibitions, fat, sinew, blood and the salting of meat, etc. Very good; scarce. $150

(Jewish) Rumford Co. Famous Recipes for Jewish Housewives

Illus. in color. Dec. wrappers. Rumford, RI: Rumford Co., 1949.

Bright color illustrations of cheese blintzes (personal favorite), tayglech, potato latkes, mandel bread, homantashen, etc. All recipes are for baked goods, using Rumford Baking Powder, of course. Very good. $45 SOLD

(Brooklyn) Silleck, Miss Willie, ed. Reliable Cook Book…in Aid of Industrial School and Home for Destitute Children.

viii, 164 + numerous ad pp. Interleaved with lined blank pages for manuscript recipes. Illus. with engraved image of the Home for Destitute Children, as well as numerous engraved ads for Brooklyn businesses. Gilt-lettered dark green cloth. First Edition. NY: D.H. Gildersleeve & Co., 1878.

Summer mince pies, ice pudding, dandy pudding, prairie chicken, quail on squab pie, potted pigeon, stewed terrapin, clam chowder, Ham a la Hartford Club, and numerous other contributions by various friends of the Home, which was located on Butler St. near Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn. Offset to covers from past non-archival makeshift cover; a bit of dog-earing to first few pages, else good (internally very good), with wonderful recipes and ads. $350.

(Vermont) Every-Day Helps. Comprising the Housewife's Guide, Diamond Cook-Book, Hand-book for the Nursery, Renovating and Renewing, Home Dyeing, Family Dairying, Domestic Cheese Making.

238 pp. Illus. with engravings, and with 4 pp. of engraved ads in rear. Cloth-backed gilt-lettered boards. Burlington, VT: Wells, Richardson, 1892.

A Vermont-centric book with concentration on dairying and butter- and cheesemaking. Sponsored by Diamond Dyes, with a cool chart of color blends for dyeing wool. Irregular fading to front cover; front joint starting, else about very good. $125.

(New Hampshire) Ladies Aid Society of Methodist Episcopal Church, Newport, New Hampshire. The Home Comfort Cook Book

105 pp. Illus. with ads from New Hampshire businesses. Printed tan wrappers. Morrisville, VT & Plainfield, NJ: Wm. H. Nichols Cook Book Pub., 1908.

Chipping to extremities, majority of spine wrappers lacking, else good, with recipes for local favorites like shredded codfish & potato, Boston baked beans, maple sugar bisque, creamed lobsters, etc. $70.

(New Jersey) Ladies of the Sinking Fund Society of Trinity Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Housekeeper’s Manual; being a compilation of Receipts of Tested Value

186; [8] engraved ad pp. Gilt-lettered green cloth. NY: J.J. Little, 1882.

The ladies of the sinking fund contributed numerous recipes like Troy pudding, chicken corn pie, preserved apples, fried tomatoes, sweet pickle watermelon rind, squash pies, deviled crabs, etc. There are even a few Brazilian recipes, no doubt contributed by an immigrant church member. Some chipping to spine ends, small scrape to cloth at upper front cover; front hinge starting, else very good. $200.

(Delaware) Cook Book Committee of the Milford New Century Club. Blue Hen’s Chickens’ Cook Book

Illus. with numerous ads for Delaware businesses. Pictorial mustard cloth. Milford, DE: Caulk Press, [1921].

The Milford New Century Club began in 1898, and has been located in the same women’s historic clubhouse ever since. From the intro: “The Peninsula which lies between the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays and is composed of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and a little bit of Virginia, has for two hundred years been famous the world over for the lusciousness of its viands and the excellence of its cooking.” Very good. Brown 399. $175.

(Texas) Favorite Recipes of the Roxanna Class of the Central Christian Church

50 pp. Illus. with local ads, and with variegated colored paper in rear section of Mexican foods. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Brownsville, TX: [1938].

The special section on Mexican foods includes chiles rellenos, mole of turkey, pecan candy, guacamole, and fried corn on the cob. Because of its proximity across the Rio Grande to Mexico, the influence was substantial. A bit of discoloration to wrappers, else very good. $75.

(St. Louis - Temperance) Ladies of the Pilgrim Church. The Pilgrim Housekeeper: A Collection of Tried Recipes. Ed. By Mrs. D.D. Fisher, Mrs. H. Brinsmade, and Mrs. C.W.S. Cobb

298 pp. Frontis. wood engraving of the Pilgrim Church, and illus. with ads for local businesses as well. Green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition. St. Louis: H.P. Studley, 1886.

Published for the benefit of the Ladies’ Home Missionary Society. Mrs. C.L. Goodell declares in her preface, “It is a temperance book; that is another great merit in these days when many good people are not sufficiently careful to bring up their children with right habits. Some here may learn how delicious dishes may be made without the use of liquors.” Some recipes, both in manuscript and from newspaper clippings, mounted to blank pages intended for such. Particularly strong are the additions to the preserves section. Fading to cloth, subbing to spine head, short tear to cloth along rear hinge, a bit of dampstaining to outer margins of pages, else good. $300.

(New Mexico) Baptist Ladies of Alamogordo. Alamogordo Cook Book

51 pp. Title page photo of the church, and with ads throughout for local businesses. Silver-stamped gray wrappers. Alamogordo, NM: c.1928.

Recipes for chili con carne, sopa de arroz, Spanish rarebit, spiced whole green tomatoes, English orange marmalade, Mexican loaf cake, etc. Wrappers detached (separately) and pieces of cover corners lacking, thus fair, but complete & with some great recipes reflecting the population of Alamogordo. $60.

(Utah) Brigham Young University. Conservation Cook Book

104 pp. Illus. with numerous ads from Prove-area businesses. Dec. wrappers. First Edition. Provo: Brigham Young University, 1918.

With letters and conservation tips by Herbert Hoover & Woodrow Wilson in the front, as well as a message to users of this book that this book is a distinctly Utah undertaking, and “it is urged that Utah products be used in these recipes, First: Because they are universally superior, Second: Because it saves transportation, Third: Because it is positively right that they should be used.” Fine. $150.

(Nebraska) Cook Book Prepared by the Ladies' Social Union of Stromsburg, Nebraska, in the Interest of Health, Economy, and Long Life

67 pp. Illus. with engraved ads for local businesses. Stiff maroon wrappers. First Edition. Stromsburg, NE: Stromsburg News Print, 1904.

Rubbing to extremities, small piece of lower corner of front cover lacking; old spots & lights stains, else very good. Instructions on making stuffed tomatoes, German coffee cake, buck wheat cakes, green corn soup, chicken fritters, pickled beans, etc. $200.

(Connecticut) Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Methodist Cook Book

52 pp. Profusely illus. with ads for Bristol businesses. Gilt-stamped dec. blue wrappers. First Edition. Winsted: M.W. Dowd & Co., 1881.

Baked Indian pudding, roast beef, clam fritters, chocolate pie, piccalilli, spiced grapes, pickled butternuts, dandy cake, etc. Wrappers neatly detached (torn along spine), upper corners of front wrapper and first 32 pp. with bite, as if from a large rodent, taken out (not affecting text), thus fair, but with lovely printing and wonderful ads from Victorian-era Connecticut. Brown 261 lists 1882 edition. $60.

(Connecticut) “The Black Birds”. Black Birds’ Cook Book, containing Valuable Receipts

116 pp. Ads interleaved throughout. Pictorial purple wrappers. Deep River, CT: Deep River New Era Print, 1898.

Likely Deep River’s first cookbook, with recipes for green corn cakes, fried tomatoes, Parker House rolls, cranberry sauce, rissoles a la Black Birds, baked blue fish, Salem pudding, and other New England fare. The Black Birds was a local women's organization begun at the end of the 19th century and devoted to raising funds to macadamize the roads and to install sidewalks. Owner’s name & inscription to title page, else near fine. $80.

(Connecticut) Gridley, Mrs. Mary Twining. The Elm City Free Kindergarten Receipt Book

102 + [19] ad pp. for New Haven area businesses. Printed olive boards. [New Haven, CT]: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press, 1909.

A New Haven, Connecticut community cookbook containing over 175 recipes. Gingerbread, deviled turkey legs, college crisps, lobster a la Windermere, brandy peaches, and claret cups for the Eli in town. Near fine. $200.

(Connecticut) Rebekahs of Connecticut. The Handy Rebekah Cook Book.

50 + [2] ad pp. Cloth-backed stiff pictorial wrappers. New London, CT: Bingham Paper Box Co., 1901.

Proceeds of the book were to be applied to the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Orphanage Fund. The creed of the Rebekahs was, “To live peaceably, do good unto all, as we have opportunity and especially to obey the Golden Rule, Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye even so unto them.” Recipes include clam fritters and clam chowder, buttercup and daisy cake, cranberry pie, and other specialties of New England. Very good, with local ads throughout. $100.

(Massachusetts) Woburn Y.M.C.A. Souvenir Cook Book of World’s Fair Iowa Corn Exhibit and Festival, held under auspices of Woburn Y.M.C.A., April 18 to 25, 1894.

80 pp. Profusely illus. with drawings & photographs, as well as elaborate ads for local and national businesses. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Boston: Engraver & Printer Co., 1894.

With 100 recipes for Indian corn or maize, all from different contributors, incl. old New England succotash, green corn cakes, Indian corn loaf cake, Meadville corn cake, Nantucket green corn pudding, etc. Very good; scarce. $300.

(Massachusetts) The Pocumtuc Housewife; a Guide to Domestic Cookery as it is practiced in the Connecticut Valley…by Several Ladies.

Tan wrappers printed in red & black. Deerfield: Willard Lend a Hand Society, 1897.

Originally published in 1805, this is a reprint with additions, and is an important document in early American cookery. Recipes for Rhode Island cakes, Grandmother Arms’ boiled dinner, sea pie, roast turkey, pan dowdy, boiled Indian pudding, etc. found their inception here. Near fine. $125.

(Massachusetts) Ladies of the First Baptist Church. Round Robin Cook Book, containing Five Hundred Favorite Recipes

184 pp. Intro. By Etta Stocks. Pictorial white cloth lettered in black. Lowell, MA: 1899.

Pictorial ads for local businesses in rear, and with blank memo pages filled with penciled-in recipes for preserved quinces, chili sauce, lemon pie, etc. Other recipes include Mrs. U’s cake, rhubarb wine, raspberry shrub, home-made beer, orange frappe, blueberry gems, and a lot of chocolate cakes. Period inscription dated 1899 to front free endpaper. Soiling, else very good. $200.

(Michigan) Ladies of the Independent Congregational Church. The Battle Creek Cook Book: A Collection of Well-Tested Recipes.

[2], 124+ [26] ad pp. Plain flexible cloth. Battle Creek, MI: Review & Herald, 1890.

A scarce Michigan cookbook, likely the first community cookbook published in Battle Creek, with recipes for fried corn mush, huckleberry cake for breakfast, pickled chicken, roasted prairie chickens or partridges, cured hams, cream beer, etc. Interior binding detached from cloth (and pastedown ads), fraying to cloth spine ends, chipping to extremities of brittle pages, else fair-good only. $400.

(Oysters) Thompson, Helen Mar. Oysters in a Hundred Ways.

32 pp. Illus. Brown wrappers. First Edition. Chicago: Booth Fisheries, 1911.

Oyster health patties, oysters a la mid-day poulette, veal-oyster frizee, oysters in a snow storm, and many other (103 in fact) wonderfully-titled oyster dishes. Darkening to covers, old ink stain to lower spine & inner margins, else good. $45.

(Salmon) Forty New Ways to Serve Pink Chum Salmon.

Pictorial wrappers. Seattle & San Francisco: Traung Label & Lithograph, c.1910.

One illustration in rear demonstrates how to open a can of salmon, which shows how new industrial canning was at the time. Recipes include baked salmon in pepper cases, potato and pink salmon salad, pink or chum salmon with macaroni, pink salmon chowder, etc. Near fine. $35. SOLD

(Clams) Warrenton Clams: Aristocrat of the Dinner Table.

Illus. with drawings. Small folding 2-sided pamphlet with 16 recipes for clams. Oregon: L. Warrenton, 1930.

Warrenton clams were from Oregon, Washington & Alaska, and the company canned them as well as sold fresh razor clams. Fine - charming. $30.SOLD

(Gloucester Fish Industry) Consumers Fish Co. From Ocean to Consumer.

14 pp. Pictorial oblong wrappers. Gloucester, MA: Consumers Fish Co., 1901.

Price lists and cooking directions for items harvested by the Consumers Fish Co., including Irish moss, mackerel, salmon trout, lobster, finnan haddie, clams, halibut, salmon & cod. Covers nearly detached from a neat tear along spine, still very good and quite scarce. $40.

(Fish) Houck, J.J. Fish Recipes.

30 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Reading, PA: J.J. Houck, 1901.

Houck ran a fish stall at the Reading Market, though in his introduction, he let his customers know he's been sick fo 8 years, and his son Irving has taken over. Houck's recipes include New England codfish dinner, green turtle soup, brook trout, barbecued oysters, etc. A scarce piece of ephemera. $60.

(Chinese - Sacramento) Lee, King & Son. They Way to Cook Chinese Meal

Illus. with color photographs of dishes. In Cantonese. Maroon cloth, pictorial cover label. First Edition. Sacramento: c.1950.

King Lee and his son owned the Rice Bowl Cafe in the Florin Square Shopping Center of Sacramento, California. While their address and title are in English, the text is completely in Cantonese. The restaurant is still there, and is considered a local landmark. While they're website says they've been serving the area for "more than 40 years," the phone number listed in the book has call letters, meaning it must be older than 1970. Small tear to one page, else very good. $50. SOLD

(Sustainable Agriculture) Smith, William. How to Grow One Hundred Bushels of Corn per Acre on Worn Soil

Illus. from photographs. Pictorially gilt-stamped blue cloth. Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged. Cincinnati: Stewart & Kidd, 1918.

An amazing book for its early, in-depth discussion of organic farming, which was first published in 1912. Chapter titles include, "How to Produce and Get Organic Matter Into Soil," "Rye," "Hungarian," "Red Clover," "Alfalfa," "The Author's Method of Restoring Worn and Worn-Out Soils," etc. A precursor to Dan Barber's important The Third Plate, with an eye toward rotating crops and using organic soil. Near fine. $95.

(Quebec) L'Institut de tourisme et d'hotellerie du Quebec. Cuisine Traditionelle des Regions du Quebec.

Illus. with color photos throughout. Pictorial boards. First Edition. Quebec: 1996.

Traditional recipes of Quebec, including betteraves a la gelee rouge, saute de lapin, salade aux coudes de Saint-Donat, tarte costarde a l'erable, terrine de dore de Kipawa, etc. Binding slightly shaken, else very good. $60.

(FINLAND) Hilen, N.A., Felix Jonasson & S. Mattson. Finnish Agriculture and Forestry Illustrated. Profusely illus. with matte duotone photographs of Finnish farmlands, vegetable growing, stock raising, barns, co-op buildings, grain storage, horses, hay and homes, retailers (like butcher shops), etc. Large 4to (about 9x12"), gilt-lettered gray cloth. First Edition. Porvoo & Helsinki: Werner Soderstrom Osakeyhtio, 1932.

 

A fascinating look at all aspects of Finnish agriculture and forestry, with beautiful photographs throughout of Scandinavian farmlands, forests, and buildings supporting agriculture in Finland. Very good condition - rare. $200.

Brillat-Savarin. Physiologie du Gout. 2 vols. Preface by Charles Monselet.

Half red morocco & marbled boards, raised bands, gilt-lettered spines. Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1930.

Brillat-Savarin was already an old man when he published (in 1825), at his own expense for an audience of friends, the one book for which he would be remembered. During his lifetime, he had been neither a man of letters nor a cook, as is often thought, but a provincial lawyer who rose to become a judge of the appeals court in Paris. He died at seventy a few months after the publication of his masterpiece. Minor rubbing to spines, else a very good, elegant edition. $120.

Fuller, Andrew S. The Nut Culturist: A Treatise on the Propagation, Planting and Cultivation of Nut-Bearing Trees and Shrubs adapted to the Climate of the United States, with the Scientific and Common Names of the Fruits Known in commerce as edible or otherwise useful nuts.

Illus. with wood engravings of nuts, and frontis. port. of Fuller, who also specialized in the strawberry. Pictorially gilt-stamped blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1896.

Publisher Orange Judd printed books useful to the mid- to late-19th c. farmer in the United States, often beautifully bound in gilt-decorated cloth. This volume is no exception - a beautiful book with advice on cultivating almonds, chestnuts, beechnuts, hickories, walnuts, and other American favorites. Period owner's name to title page, else near fine. $150.

Fraley, Oscar & David Huntley. The All-Star Athletes Cook Book.

Illus. throughout with photographs of athletes next to their recipes. Cartoons by Willard Mullin. Oblong cloth. First Edition. NY: Centaur House, 1965.

Tony Oliva was a Cuban-born Minnesota Twins outfielder, but also a master at Chicken Diablo. Sam Snead was known for his turkey-wild rice casserole, while Jack Dempsey showed off his campfire-style trout. Bob Pettit's stuffed olives, Vince Lombardi's broiled deviled ham steaks, Rocky Graziano's barbecued steak - it's all here! Very good. $45.

Savarin, Jeanne. La Cuisine des Familles.

74 issues (No. 135, 4th year-No. 24, 5th year). Profusely illus. with wood engravings and ads for French food businesses (particularly table service). Bound together in period 3/4 cloth & mottled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Paris: La Cuisine des Familles, Jan. 1908-June 1909.

After the beginning of January, 1909 the magazine was renamed "La Menagère Moderne et las Cuisine des Familles Réunies." An amazing collection of this early 20th century French food magazine, filled with recipes, food history, articles on things like olive oil production or cherry conserves, letters to the editor, etc. Very good - a very scarce set. $450.

(Colorado) Nemiro, Beverly & Donna Hamilton. Colorado a la Carte: Secret Chefs' Recipes and a Guide to Good Eating.

Jacket. First Edition. Denver: Sage Books, 1963.

Inscribed & signed by Hamilton on the title page. Numerous restaurants across the state of Colorado are listed and reviewed, and some of their special recipes are exposed here: Antlers Appetizer, sweetbreads a la chasseur from Colorado Springs, Aspen's rock cornish hens in fragrant sauce, etc. Very good. $40.

(Italian-American) Madonna Brand Primissima Salsa di Pomodoro Recipe Booklet

2 copies 39 pp. Pictorial stapled wrappers. Riverbank, CA: Riverbank Canning, c.1920's-30's.

California Italian recipes using canned tomatoes, including eggplant with rice, corned beef spaghetti, baked macaroni, Italian meatballs, spaghetti with clams, catfish stew, etc. Riverbank is in Stanislaus County, where California sun-ripened tomatoes were brought to be canned every August through October. Very good and bright. $35.

(Hawaii) C & H Sugar. Hawaiian Sugar...Its Place in American Life.

48 pp. Illus. from photographs, charts, & color images of C & H sugar. Pictorial wrappers. Sixth Edition. [Honolulu: C & H Sugar], 1956.

Hawaii has just closed its last sugar processing plant, having given over to cheaper sugar imports from the Philippines, Brazil, and other countries. This booklet is from a time when Hawaiian sugar was king, the industry second-to-none. The industry in Hawaii supported the population for nearly a hundred years. Very good and quite informative; filled with photographs. $40.

(Los Angeles) Cleves, Jean. Sauces for Meat, Fish, Fowl, Vegetables: A Comprehensive Collection of Recipes.

Pictorial wrappers. Los Angeles: Women's Service Bureau, 1937. Part of the Art of God Living Series, with recipes for 36 different sauces. Near fine, with charming cover illustration and typography. $30.

(Tennessee) Federation of Women's Clubs. Dixie Dishes (The Green Book, Revised).

108 + [6] ad pp. Large format green wrappers, string tie. Clarksville, TN: Titus Printing, 1930.

Historic Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee, and the fifth-largest city in the state behind Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. Recipes include Creole corn, pig foot jelly, ham croquettes, end of season pickle, backbone pie (containing actual chicken backbone), peaches peeled with lye, pecan cake, and many more. Piece of spine wrappers lacking, neat tears along hinges & short tear to upper front wrapper, else good. $60.

Cheng, F.T. Musings of a Chinese Gourmet: Food Has Its Place in Culture. Jacket.

First Edition. London: Hutchinson, 1955.

Cheng was once the Chinese ambassador to the Court of St. James, and wrote this volume with the intention of not just giving traditional recipes, but of conveying the fundamental principles which underlie Chinese cookery. She describes the various schools of cooking throughout China, discusses wine and tea in depth, and dives into Chinese culture as it relates to food. Piece of jacket lacking from spine head area, mild fading to jacket, else very good. $75. SOLD

(Venezuela) Herrera, Elsie, Dorothy Crease, Catherine de Coup-Crank & Dorothy Kamen-Kaye, eds. Buen Provecho! Caracas Cookery.

Endpapers illustrated with drawings of tropical fruit. Burpap-covered boards. Second Edition. Caracas: British War Charities, 1946.

How to buy, prepare and cook tropical foodstuffs, and printed in English and Spanish. Recipes include pickled kingfish, bacalao a la Vizcaina, Venezuelan cranberry sauce, spiced pineapple, roasted topocho bananas, fermented corn drink, giant granadilla drink, Spanish hot chocolate, and a whole chapter on tropical fruits. Fraying to bumped corners and spine ends, else about very good. Scarce. $60.

(Los Angeles) Los Angeles Junior League Recipes.

Yellow cloth printed in black. First Edition. Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1930.

The scarce first Junior League cookbook from Los Angeles, which began in 1926. The first Junior League was started in New York in 1900 by about 12 girls. By the time this cookbook was published, there were Junior Leagues in 110 cities across the U.S. Recipes include Chinese chop suey, avocado canape, California salad, stuffed eggplant, chile con carne (California style), tortillas, Cuban corn meal pudding, chilies rellenos, etc. A bit of darkening & rubbing to cloth, else very good and quite scarce. Bitting 568. $800.

Punnett, Dr. P.W. Husband and Wife Diet Cook Book.

Illus. with drawings. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Arco, 1955.

A perfectly "Mad Men" era diet cookbook for the on-the-town couple trying to keep up with the Joneses. 75 low-calorie menus accompany 100 diet recipes, including tomato ring, perfection salad, chicken pineapple mold, Hawaiian shrimp salad, orange tapioca pudding, etc. Near fine. $40.

Trillin, Calvin. Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater

Jacket. First Edition. NY: Random House, 1978.

Trillin's delightful sequel to American Fried, in which he searches for "something decent to eat," along with his charming wife, Alice. Near fine. $50. SOLD

Cornfeld, Lilian. Israeli Cookery.

Illus. from photographs of food scenes in Israel. Jacket. First Edition. Westport, CT: Avi Publishing, 1962.

A panorama of Israels many cuisines and influences from communities including Yemenites, Iraqis, Caucasians, Afghanistan, North Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, etc. Near fine and bright. $45. SOLD

Elizabeth David. French Country Cooking. Illus. by John Minton.

Jacket. First American Edition. NY: Horizon, 1952.

Elizabeth David's second ground breaking cookery title made more iconic by the wonderful John Minton Illustrations throughout. Elizabeth David was a British cookery writer who, in the mid-20th century, strongly influenced the revitalization of the art of home cookery with articles and books about European cuisines and traditional British dishes. Minor foxing to fore-edges, else fine and bright. $400.

Doran, Roxana B. Prohibition Punches. Preface by Dr. Harvey W. Wiley.

Gilt-lettered maroon cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1930.

All sorts of temperance punches for a hot afternoon or warm evening, when liquor was outlawed. Of course, any of these recipes could be amended with a splash of whiskey or gin: Bride's Punch, Florida Punch, Temperance punch, Delta's delightful drunk, pineapple cream, iced Mexican chocolate, raspberry shrub, 1930 cocktail, celebrities dinner drink, etc. Gilt flaking off of cover & spine, else very good. $300.

Shaftesbury, Edmund. How to Choose the Right Foods During Wartime Rationing.

238 pp. Blue wrappers. CT: The Ralston Society, 1940.

This volume lays out the case for a category of “TRUE FOODS” being “Nature’s Doctors, doling out numerous questionable “facts” (such as tea being an “EVIL FOOD” that deadens nerves and indigestion being the cause of 99% of all domestic friction) and telling cautionary tales such as one of an orphanage housekeeper who permitted 14 children in her charge to eat fruit cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner resulting shortly thereafter in 14 newly made graves. No sources are ever given. Mild sunning to spine area, else very good. $60.

(London Restaurants) Burke, Thomas. Dinner is Served.

75 pp. Illus. frontis. Red cloth. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1937.

Thomas Burke (1886-1945) was a British writer best known for his Limehouse Nights short story collection which told tales of working class London, especially the poverty stricken Chinatown district referred to in the title. His own biography is murky as he often traded in his mostly suburban upbringing for a fabricated version where he grew up in the East End “at the feet of Chinese philosophers in opium dens”. Dinner is Served is a lesser known work; his guide to eating in the restaurants and clubs in London in the late 30's with a bit of history, descriptions of dishes found at restaurants including Indian, Jewish, vegetarian and Old English establishments among others. A directory listing just the names is found at the end. A bit of fading to cloth, else very good. $75.

Hilo Woman's Club Cook Book.

spiral-bound stiff pictorial wrappers. Sixth Printing. Hilo: Hilo Tribune-Herald, 1948.

Chapters include Hawaiian fish, mango, ohelo, poha, granadilla, etc. Very good. $45.

White, Florence, ed. Good Things in England: A Practical Cookery Book for Everyday Use, Containing Traditional and Regional Recipes Suited to Modern Tastes - Contributed by English Men and Women between 1399 and 1932.

Illus. with a few photographs. Jacket. London: Jonathan Cape, 1951. Historic English recipes, including "How to Cook a Young Swan," duck and green peas, buttered lobster, minnow tansies, gingerbread valentines, scalded cream, etc. with dates of recipes added for context. Very good. $60.

(Paella) Paul, Elliot & Luis Quintanilla. Intoxication Made Easy.

Illus. with drawings by both Paul & Quintanilla. 3/4 black cloth & pink boards, paper spine label, slipcase. No. 28 of 100 copies. First Edition. NY: Modern Age Books, 1941.

SIGNED by both authors on the limitation page. A charming look at every ingredient that makes a paella, including the rice, shrimp, mussels, scallops, inkfish, pork, salt, saffron, pepper, peas, and rice. One of several collaborations by the left-wing journalist Elliot Paul and his great friend, the painter and caricaturist Luis Quintanilla, who was exiled from Spain due to his Republican sympathies in the Spanish Civil War. Near fine. $300. SOLD

Hornibrook. Ettie A. Whole-Meal with Practical Recipes

Jacket. First Edition. London: William Heinemann, 1927.

A manifesto on the powers of whole meal flour to cure all ills, with recipes for shrewsbury cakes, whole-meal scones, honey cake, bran savoury biscuits, etc. Very good condition; a nice early book on the subject. $60.

Zelayeta, Elena. Elena's Lessons in Living, as told to Lou Richardson

Illus. by Phil Little & with frontis. port. of author with her dog. Spiral-bound stiff wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: Elena Zelayeta, 1947.

SIGNED by Zelayeta on dedication page. Zelayeta was a Mexican-American chef whose blindness and ability to cook and write cookbooks made her a celebrity in her day. Minor rubbing to covers, else very good. $45.

Thomas, Gertrude I. Foods of Our Forefathers in the Southern Colonies 1607-1776. • Foods of Our Forefathers in the Middle Colonies 1614-1776. • Foods of Our Forefathers in the New England Colonies 1620-1776. Together, 3 vols.

Illus. from photographs. Cloth. First Edition. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 1941.

These are part of the "Continued Study Units in Home Economics" by Thomas, who was a professor of dietetics at the University of Minnesota. They are extremely detailed histories of each of the colonies, with recipes for foods from each, and with excellent bibliographies in rear of each. Sunning to extremities, else very good. $150.

Morton, Kendal & Julia. Fifty Tropical Fruits of Nassau

Illus. with 55 photographs & drawings. Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. Coral Gables, FL: Text House, 1946.

Fifty profiles of tropical and subtropical Bahamian fruits, including akee, Barbados gooseberry, strawberry pear, sapote, passionfruits, limequat, Jamaica cherry, feijoa, giant granadilla, Florida silverpalm, etc. Illustrations accompany each fruit. Mild insect damage to spine & extremities, else about very good. $65.

National Food Magazine. 4 issues: Vol. 35, No. 1 (July 1913), Vol. 36, No. 4 (April 1914), Vol. 37, No. 1 (July 1914), and Vol. 37, No. 6 (Dec. 1914).

Illus. incl. ads for foods of the day. Pictorial wrappers. 1913-14.

Published at the onset of WWI in Europe, these issues are filled with in-depth articles advocating Prohibition and food health and safety across the U.S. It takes government officials to task for meat inspections, adulterations in bread and milk, and weak food safety laws. Very good; scarce. $150.

De Soroa y Pineda, Jose M. El Aceile de Oliva: Extraccion del Mismo, Elaboracion y Aprovechamiento de los Residuos de la Elayotencia.

Illus. profusely with photographs of olive harvesting and oil production, along with drawings of equipment and charts/graphs detailing annual production yields. Jacket. Third Edition, revised & enlarged. Madrid: 1944.

Jacket heavily chipped along extremities and spine ends; mothball scent emanating from within, still good and scarce. $150.

Heaton, Nell & V.H. Mottram. Cooking for the Sick and Convalescent: A Textbook of Dietetics.

Jacket. First Edition. London: Faber & Faber, 1951.

With essays on digestion, health, stomach complaints, and ailments, accompanied by recipes for bland meals and foods to make one feel tip top again. Near fine. $45.

Wickstrom, Lois. The Food Conspiracy Cookbook: How to Start a Neighborhood Buying Club anbd Eat Cheaply.

Illus. by Sara Raffetto. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: 101 Productions, 1974.

Recipes accompany ideas on how to pool resources to make bulk purchases for local co-ops. The first chapter is titled "The Berkeley Food Conspiracies," so we know where these ideas came from! Very good. $35.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Douglas, Elizabeth. The Cake and Biscuit Book.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Sanders, T.W. Kitchen Garden and Allotment

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

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


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

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

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


Gorham, Maurice. Back to the Local.

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Colwin, Laurie. Home Cooking

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

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


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

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

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


Cakes, Candies and Conceits

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Craig, Elizabeth. Wine in the Kitchen.

Jacket. First Edition. London: Constable, 1934.

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

Craig, Elizabeth. Family Cookery.

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

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

Craig, Elizabeth. Simple Cooking.

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

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

Craig, Elizabeth. Standard Recipes.

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

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

Craig, Elizabeth. The Scottish Cookery Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Descriptive Price List of Albany Ice Cream Company

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

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

College Inn Salads and Some Other Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riello, Mary Carmen. Italian Cook Book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miloradovich, Milo. The Art of Fish Cookery

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

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

Ames, Mark & Roberta. Barbecues!

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

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

Loubet, Bruno. Cuisine Courante.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southworth, May. 101 Mexican Dishes

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

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

Southworth, May. 101 Candies

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

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

Southworth, May. 101 Desserts

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

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

Southworth, May. 101 Sandwiches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Los Angeles) The Cary Cook Book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Bahamas) The Lucayos Cook Book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Berkeley) Berkeley Women’s City Club Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xx, 484 pp. Period 3/4 calf & cloth, morocco spine label. Fifth Edition. London & Edinburgh: A. Constable & Co., 1823.

The most famous of Kitchiner's numerous cookery books, The Cook's Oracle first appeared in 1817 and went through many editions, even after his death. It was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity with the entire process, from shopping, through preparing and serving the dishes, to cleaning up. It was an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and was mined by the writers of other household guides.” -ODNB. Bitting p.262. The American edition was taken from this fifth edition. Very good. $300.

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

xviii, 545 pp. Period calf, morocco spine label. Fourth Edition. London & Edinburgh: A. Constable & Co., 1822.

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

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

422 + [6] ad pp. Illus. with 9 chromolithograph plates (incl. frontis.) and 5 wood-engraved plates, as well as several table-settings. Orig. gilt- & blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Second Edition. London: Chapman & Hall, 1866.

Francatelli had an illustrious career ending with an appointment to the Royal Household of Queen Victoria. Illustrations include fancy desserts of the day, including croque-en-bouche, a swan made of nougat, an ornamental caramel basket filled with caramel, iced pudding a la Victoria on a stand, etc. Bitting 164. Minor sunning to spine; foxing to chromolithograph plates, else very good. $500.

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

Half cloth & boards. London: Longmans, Green, 1908.

Venus pudding, tutti frutti, coffee cannelons, barberry cream, Savarin with punch, and other delectables from 1908. Bookplate of collector Marshall Blum. Very good. $45.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

570 pp. Frontis. port. of Mrs. Harrison (First Lady in 1891), and illus. with several other plates showing White House kitchens and dining rooms; tissue guards. Pictorial white boards. First Edition Thus. NY & St. Louis: N.D. Thompson, 1891.

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

Schloesser, Frank. The Cult of the Chafing Dish.

Illus. with Art Nouveau chapter headings. Pictorial red & orange cloth. First Edition. London: Gay & Bird, 1904.

Worth it for the dessert recipe for "Whisky Apples" alone. Very good, and utterly charming. $75.

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

Illus. with drawings of early American kitchen implements, etc., by Linda Funk. Half cloth & dec. boards, paper spine & cover labels. First Edition. Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1985.

An in-depth history of Colonial Virginia's cooking methods and utensils, in a lovely binding. $35.

Dumas, Alexandre. Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins. The Delights of Delicate Eating.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

"Jimmy" late of Ciro's. Cocktails

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

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

Boulestin, Xavier Marcel. Myself, My Two Countries

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

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

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

 

Jacket. Early Edition. NY: Knopf, 1964.

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

Southworth, May. 101 Entrees

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

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

Fairclough, M.A. The Ideal Cookery Book

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

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

Cunningham, Marion. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

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

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

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

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

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

Raper, Elizabeth. The Receipt Book of Elizabeth Raper

And a portion of her Cipher Journal written 1756 - 1770. Edited by her great-grandson Bartle Grant with a portrait and decorations by Duncan Grant. Bevelled blue buckram, gilt-lettered spine, jacket. No. 445 of 850 copies. London: Nonesuch Press, 1924.

With recipes for such dishes as Oxford Sausages; Rost Pike; Stewed Cherries to Eat the Same Day; Oyster Toasts; Lobsters in Scollop Shells; Pull Chickens; Pistachio Nut Cream, etc. Fine. $125.

Cooper, Derek. The Beverage Report.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Goessling, Adeline. Making the Farm Kitchen Pay.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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


 

(Los Angeles) The Castelar Creche Cook Book.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

(Beekeeping) Revue Eclectique d’Apiculture Mensuelle.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tilden, Joe. Joe Tilden's Recipes for Epicures

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Tusser, Thomas. Five Hundred Points of Husbandry.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Sloan, Earl S. Sloan’s Handy Hints.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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(Menu) Swayze’s for Fine Foods Menu.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

Printed wrappers. Oakland: 1921.

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

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

 

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

Fine condition. $35.

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

 

Cloth. First Edition. Omaha: 1919.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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


 

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

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

(Rice) Recipe Book: White House Rice Products.

 

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

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

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(Rice) Rice and How to Cook It.

 

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

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


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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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


 

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

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

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

 

(Ohio) Reliable Recipes for Hamilton House Keepers.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Murrey, Thomas. Practical Carving.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Morris, Josephine. Household Science and Arts.

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

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(WWI) Rush, Jane. ​The Cook Book.​

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(WWI) Doddridge, Amelia. Liberty Recipes.

 

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

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

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(Pastry) The Helper for Confectioners and Bakers.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

The Grocer's Companion and Merchant's Handbook.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lamb, Charles. Dissertation Upon a Roast Pig.

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

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

Bosson, M.B. Aunt Mena’s Recipe Book.

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

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

$200.



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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



Tompkins, Harriet V. Thirty Soups for Thirty Days.

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

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



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

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

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



Brown, Susanna. The Invalid’s Tea Tray.

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Ewing, Mrs. Emma P. Cookery Manuals.

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Kegler, Henri. Fancy Salads of the Big Hotels.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Chafing Dish Book.

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

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


(Chafing Dish) Recipes for the Sutterley Chafing Dish.

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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Rice, Louise. Dainty Dishes from Foreign Lands.

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

An unusual little item with information gleaned from many sources historical, philosophical and gastronomic. The alcohol component is extensive, as are descriptions of London clubs; first published in 1838. Tears to cloth along sunned spine; new endpapers, else good. $100.

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[Plumtre, Annabella] Domestic Management, or the Healthful Cookery-Book to which is prefixed a Treatise on Diet as the surest means to preserve health, long life. etc. with many valuable observations on the nutritious and beneficial as well as the injurious effects of various kinds of food; also remarks on the wholesome and pernicious modes of cookery, etc. by A Lady.

Xxxvi, 375, [1], [29] index pp., [3] ad pp. Frontis. engraving of a full larder of fish, meat & fowl. 19th c. half cloth & mottled boards. Second Edition, corrected & enlarged. London: B. & R. Crosby, [c.1813].

Annabella Plumtre was the daughter of Robert Plumptre (1723–1788) who was an English churchman and academic and President of Queens' College, Cambridge from 1760. Annabella’s book is a treatise on diet with many paragraphs called ‘Observations’ after recipes. These observations give healthful hints and advice, particularly for children. A thoughtful and unusual cookery book. Cagle informs that Watt attributes this work to Annabella Plumtre. Oxford mis-cites Watts and gives the author’s name as Arabella, a mistake that Bitting repeats. Cagle 935a; Bitting p 374; Oxford p139 for 1810 first edition. Period ink stains to lower title page, still very good and scarce in any edition. $600.



[Cosnett, Thomas]. The Footman's Directory, and Butler's Remembrancer, or The advice of Onesimus to his young friends : comprising, hints on the arrangement and performance of their work, rules for setting out tables and sideboards, the art of waiting at table, and conducting large and small parties, directions for cleaning plate, glass, furniture, clothes, and all other things which come within the care of a man-servant, and advice respecting behaviour to superiors, tradespeople and fellow-servents : with an appendix, comprising various useful receipts and tables.

xii, 324 pp. 19th c. ¾ calf & marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Original wrappers professionally mounted to free endpapers, along with owner’s signature, dated 1824.

Early cookbooks may have been difficult to define, but the hierarchy within a household was strictly elucidated, as seen in the many domestic manuals printed. These guides ranged from standalone works to directions contained within larger household manuals, and were written both for those in service and those supervising a staff. The Footman's Directory, written by an experienced butler, provides specific instructions for dealing with daily tasks a footman would be expected to perform, as well as general advice on avoiding temptations and conducting oneself in a becoming manner. $750.

Brooks, Catharine. The Experienced English Housekeeper for the Use and Ease of Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, &c. Written purely from practice; being an entire New Collection of the most Genteel, yet least Expensive Receipts in every branch of Cookery[...] Together with the Art of Marketing [...] with General Directions for the Courses or Removes. The Whole Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity. [...] To which is added The Physical Directory. Being near two hundred safe and certain receipts for the cure of most disorders incident to the human body. With a variety of Made Dishes.

8vo in 4s. 96 pp. Woodcut vignette at end. Manchester: A. Swindells for T. Thomas, J. Sadler & D. Jones, [c.1762].

The Experienced English Housekeeper aims to provide comprehensive instruction to the housewife, with reliable recipes “such as will not only save a deal of experience, but much time also”, rendering the reader “a complete english (sic) cook and prudent housewife”(Dedicatory epistle). The work includes marketing instructions for choosing the best fresh meat and fish, as well as a list of poultry, meat, fish, fruits, and roots. Brooks claims that her recipes have met with success whilst the work was being compiled: “I have had the opinion of several profest cooks and the receipts have met with the approbation of them all.” Particularly interesting are the instructions on candying - recipes for cherries, barberries, grapes, lemon and orange-peels and apricots are offered (p.58-59). Another interesting inclusion is the recipe for a “young rook pye” (p.39). Notoriously an acquired taste, with the potential to become dry, Brooks recommends “ agreat deal ofbutter” to line the rook pie crust, followed by forcemeat balls. If the pie appears dry whencooked, she advises the addition of parboile drook liquor through the crust. The work also contains a selection of medical advice for treating common concerns of the day, with cures that are “safe and cheap”. These receipts are attributed to a “Dr Mead”, i.e. the eminent physician Richard Mead, M.D. (1673-1754). Wear to lower corners of pages through about half of volume, still about very good. $1,600.

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Cole, S.W. The American Fruit Book; Containing Directions for Raising, Propagating, and Managing Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Plants, with a description of the best varieties of fruit.

Illus. with wood engravings. Blindstamped cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1866. Cole was the editor of The New England Farmer, and published this book originally in 1849. This edition was published just at the end of the Civil War, and contains the latest information on growing American fruit, from apples and pears to barberries and pomegranates. Chipping to spine ends, fading to cloth; period newspaper clippings mounted to front & rear endpapers, else about very good. $60.

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(Chicago) The Daily News Cook Book...Seasonable, Inexpensive Bills of Fare for Every Day in the Year.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Chicago Daily News, 1896. A reprint from the Chicago Record Cook Book, this contains 1,100 prize menus with recipes, and all are contributions by the women of Chicago and the Midwest. A bit of rubbing to spine extremities, else near fine, with bright and wonderful cover image. $150.

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Mrs. Ellis. Mrs. Ellis's Complete Cook, or Perfect Instructor in All Branches of Cookery and Domestic Economy.

Illus. with wood engravings demonstrating carving methods. Orig. brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Likely First Edition. NY: James Miller, 1867. Published just after the Civil War ended, with numerous sweet and savory recipes, including some great regional American influences like hominy, New England chowder, fried clams, gumbo, preserved watermelon rinds, pigeon pie, Indian pudding, etc. Chipping to spine ends, a few spots to upper rear cover, fading to spine, else very good. $250.

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Baglioni, "Pin." 150 Hors D'Oeuvre Recipes.

Illus. incl. ads from NYC grocers, food purveyors and liquor stores. Red & orange cloth. First Edition. NY: Claude Kendall & Willoughby Sharp, 1935. Baglioni worked at the Embassy Club in London. His recipes from that esteemed establishment include Sole and Lobster, Potted Shrimps, Grape Fruit Cocktail, Herring Salad, etc. Near fine. $50.

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(Michigan) Revised Edition of Our Kitchen Secrets, compiled by the Woman's Social Union of the First Congregational Church of Owosso, Michigan.

Cloth-backed boards. Owosso: 1904. Replete with ads for local businesses and with recipes from church members for Fig Pudding, Washington Pie, Roast Goose, Elder Blossom Wine, etc. Period owner's manuscript recipes in rear. Staining and wear, good only, but scarce. $120.

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Miner, T.B. The American Bee Keeper’s Manual.

iv, 349, 10 pp. Illus. incl. hand-colored frontis. Original gilt and blind-tooled boards. London: C.M. Saxton & Co. 1857. Library stamp of Peabody Library on title page, another bookplate has been removed from front paste-down. Occasional foxing. Binding shows some wear, particularly to the spine. Scarce. Overall a near very good copy. (Harding 266) ‘[The] best all-round American bee-book till then published’ (Walker). $750.

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Gray, Arthur. The Little Tea Book.

Illus. by George Hood. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. NY: Baker & Taylor, 1903. Fine - adorable, in a fantastic binding. $300.

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Rawson, W.W. Success in Market Gardening: A New Vegetable Growers' Manual.

Replete with wood engravings & photographs. Gilt-lettered red cloth. Revised Edition. Boston: Rawson, 1892. A guide to planting American crop varieties such as sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, etc. Old splatters to front cover, else very good. $200.

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Fulton, James Alexander. Peach Culture.

Illus. with wood engravings. Gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth. Revised Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1882. Fine and bright; an important 19th century American work on peaches. $180.

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Child [Lydia Maria]. The American Frugal Housewife, dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy.

130 pp. Original cloth-backed printed boards. 29th Edition. NY: Samuel S. & William Wood, 1844. Title page cites as 29th edition, while cover states 27th. Strong emphasis on thrift and self-reliance; offers suggestions for the frugal life in general, as well as for thrifty cooking. Rubbing to extremities, discoloration to covers & some interior faint dampstaining; front free endpaper lacking, rear free endpaper lacking lower 1/4, thus good only, but a scarce and important work. $200.

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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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Easson, R.B. California Poultry Production.

Illus. from photographs. Cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Pacific Rural Press, 1923. All there was to know about poultry production in the early 20th century in California. Near fine. $95.

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Fitz, James. Sweet Potato Culture: Giving Full Instructions from Starting the Plants to Harvesting and Storing the Crop, with a chapter on the Chinese Yam.

Illus. from drawings. Gilt-lettered brown cloth. New & enlarged Edition. NY: Orange Judd, 1914. Near fine condition - a sweet little book. $45.

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Hume, H. Harold. Citrus Fruits and their Culture.

Illus. from photographs. Green cloth. NY: Orange Judd, 1911. Focused mainly on citrus culture in California and Florida, using the latest methods. Dusty and a bit faded, else about very good. $95.

Cobb, Ernest. Garden Steps: A Manual for the Amateur in Vegetable Gardening.

Illus. from photographs. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Boston: Silver, Burdett, 1917.

With a WWI Victory Garden sensibility, an explanation of each vegetable and it's planting possibilities. Fine condition. $150.

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Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. Report on the Marketing of Honey and Beeswax in England and Wales.

Illus. from photographs and charts of honey displays, color grades, packaging, etc. Blue cloth, printed cover label, owner's name stamped in gilt on front cover. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1931.

Near fine, a window into the world of beekeeping and honey production in England in the 1930's. $45.

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(Tea) Cave, Henry. Golden Tips: A Description of Ceylon and its Great Tea Industry.

Illus. from photos by the author of tea plantations across Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Gilt-dec. white cloth, gilt-lettered spine, a.e.g. First Edition. London: Sampson Low Marston, 1900.

An important early work on Ceylon's tea industry, with beautiful descriptions of the land and the plantations. Near fine. $300. SOLD

 

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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Hibben, Shiela. The National Cookbook: A Kitchen Americana. Cloth. First Edition. NY: Harper, 1932.

 

Inscribed & signed by Hibben on the front free endpaper. Expertly rebacked in newer cloth, with later flyleaves (but orig. front free endpaper). Irregular fading to covers, else about very good. Hibben, a prominent food columnist of the era and an early campaigner for fresh, local ingredients over "strawberries picked green and shipped too far," was a White House menu advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt. Many recipes here are identified by their state of origin (Tennesee Corn-Cob Soup; Maryland Broiled Shad Roe, etc.) 452 pp. including index. $750.


Ude, Louis Eustache. The French Cook, a System of Fashionable and Economical Cookery, adapted to the use of English Families.

 

Frontis. steel-engraved port. of the author. Period 3/4 calf & marbled boards, raised spine bands, leather spine label. Tenth Edition, corrected & enlarged, with appendix. London: John Ebers, 1829. Formal French cuisine laid out for an English audience by the celebrated Monsieur Ude, who cooked for Louis XVI, the Earl of Sefton, and the Duke of York. This classic cookbook, groundbreaking in its day, was first published in 1813 and is here in its tenth edition, with a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by A. Deane after a Maclise drawing, and nine pages depicting bills of fare as they should be arranged at table. The work is peppered liberally with French terms (of which a vocabulary is provided) and with elaborate techniques that seem likely to have been in use in the most elegant kitchens (but not necessarily beyond the reach of less elite aspirants); Byron swiped the names of many of Ude's dishes for use in canto 15, stanzas 62?74 of "Don Juan," and indeed two of Ude's suggested course progressions for stanza 63 (see p. 426). 12mo (19.5 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., lxxii, 485, [3] pp.; illus. Bitting 471; Cagle 1037 (for first ed.); Hazlitt 167; Oxford 142. Rubbing to extremities, joint cracked at pp.142-143, else very good. $600.

 


 

Case, Frank. Feeding the Lions: An Algonquin Cook Book.

Illus. by O. Soglow. Jacket. First Edition. NY: Greystone, 1942.

Inscribed & signed by Case on the front free endpaper, dated 1942. Case was the owner and manager of the Algonquin, perhaps better known for its famous guests than its food. The "Algonquin Roundtable" was comprised of Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woolcott, George S. Kaufman, and other wits of the day, and they met regularly at the hotel for lunch and banter. Ah, to have been a fly on the wall...A bit of chipping to jacket spine ends & corners, old repair to jacket spine heard, else near fine & bright. $500.


Farley, John. The London Art of Cookery, and Housekeeper's Complete Assistant.

 

On a New Plan. Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook and Servant in the Kingdom., Containing, Proper Directions for the Choice of all Kinds of Provisions. Instructions for trussing Poultry. Roasting and Boiling all Sorts of Butchers Meat, Poultry, Game, and Fish. Baking, Broiling, and Frying. Sauces for every Occasion. Soups, Broths, Stews, and Hashes. Ragoos and Fricassees. Made Dishes, both plain and elegant. All Sorts of Pies and Puddings. Pancakes and Fritters. Proper Instructions for dressing Fruits and Vegetables. Pickling, Potting, and Preserving. The Preparation of Hams, Tongues and Bacon. To keep Garden Stuffs and Fruits in Perfection… [32], 467, [5] ad pp. Illus. with copper-engraved frontis. port. and 12 plates showing various table settings with numerous dishes, showing a Bill of Fare for each month of the year. Period calf, professionally rebacked in later calf, morocco spine label. Seventh Edition. London: J. Scatcherd, J. Whitaker & G & T Wilkie, 1792.

As can be seen by the precise recipes in this book, the London Tavern was justly renowned, during John Farley's tenure, as one of the City of London's best hostelries. Very good copy of this early edition. $550.

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Rombauer, Irma S. & Marion Rombauer Becker. The New Joy of Cooking

Jacket. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1953. Arguably the most famous American cookbook, the 1953 version still contained the recipe for stewed squirrel, ousted in more "modern" editions. This copy is scarce because the dust jacket is present, and other than some chipping at the jacket spine head & front upper corner, in very good, bright condition. Cloth vol. is in fine condition. $200.

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L.E.A. La Cuisiniere de la Campagne et de la Ville, ou Nouvelle Cuisine Economique.

Hand-colored frontis. plate of salads with flowers. 666 + 13 ad pp. 39th Ed. Plain cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: Audot, 1859. $300.

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Black, Mrs. Superior Cookery.

Illus. with bright chromolithograph plates of food. Gilt-lettered dec. cloth. London & Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, c.1880's. $60.

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Kenny-Herbert, Robert (Wyvern). Culinary Jottings: A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles, based upon Modern English, and Continental Principles...and an essay on our kitchens in India.

Gilt-lettered blue cloth. Sixth Ed. Madras: Higginbotham, 1891. How to survive the wilds of India and barely leave the food of England at home. Bright condition. $250.

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Farmer, Fannie Merritt. Catering for Special Occasions

Green cloth, pictorial cover label, gilt-lettered spine. Illus. with great drawings of cherubic Park Avenue-type angels, and also from photographs of table settings. First Edition. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1911. Near fine $200.

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