The Cook's Oracle and Housekeeper's Manual - 1832 Cookbook
This is the oldest cookbook we have ever offered for sale.
The 432 page leather bound book is in remarkably good condition
for its age. There is some rubbing on the spine and cover and
the pages are somewhat discolored but there is no evidence of
foxing and the spine and pages are tight. The title page reads
Harper's Stereotype Edition. The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's
Manual. Containing Receipts for Cookery and Directions for Carving.
Also, The art of composing the most simple and most highly finished
broths, gravies, soups, sauces, store sauces, and flavouring essences;
pastry, preserves, puddings, pickles, &c. With a complete
system of cookery for Catholic Families. The quantity of each
article is accurately stated by weight and measure; being the
result of actual experiments instituted in the kitchen of William
Kitchiner, M.D. Adapted to the American Public by a Medical Gentleman.
From the last London edition. New York: Printed and Published
by J. & J. Harper, No. 82 Cliff Street and sold by the principal
booksellers throughout the United States. 1832. Note that this
volume, which preceded the Irish potato famine by some 13 years,
specifically mentioned recipes for Catholics at a time when there
were relatively few Catholics in the country. An important and
fascinating document of American social history.
(Stock number 003cb1832) $350.00
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