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    Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle

    The ultimate "dictionary" for lovers of Provence: Peter Mayle's personal selection of the foods, customs and words he finds most fascinating, curious, delicious, or just plain fun.Though organized from A to Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference. In more than 170 entries, Peter Mayle--bestselling author of A Year in Provence--writes about subjects as wide-ranging as architecture and zingue-zingue-zoun (in the local patois, a word meant to describe the sound of a violin). And, of course, he writes about food and drink: vin rose, truffles, olives, melons, bouillabaisse, the cheese that killed a Roman emperor, even a cure for indigestion. Provence A-Z is a delight for Peter Mayle's ever-growing audience and the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.From the Trade Paperback edition.

    The New Taste Of Chocolate by Maricel E Presilla

    MARICEL E. PRESILLA is a culinary historian, author, and chef specializing in the cuisines of Latin America and Spain. She studied medieval Spanish history at Spain’s University of Valladolid and at New York University, where she received her PhD. Formally trained in cultural anthropology, she has done extensive research on the food crops of the Americas and taught at New York University and Rutgers University.   Presilla is a frequent contributor to Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, and also writes the Miami Herald’s “Cocina” column. A recognized authority on all aspects of chocolate as well as on Spanish and Latin American culinary history, she has given numerous seminars, tastings, and lectures to culinary groups nationwide and has been featured in the country’s top food publications. She is a member of the advisory committee for the Culinary Institute of America’s Latin American program and was recently named one of the “Ten innovators who will influence food in the U.S. for the next 30 years” by Food & Wine.   Presilla is the president of Gran Cacao, a food marketing company specializing in chocolate research and the heirloom cacao bean trade. She has been a consultant for several food companies including the Venezuela-based Chocolates El Rey C.A., whose premium chocolates she helped introduce to the United States. She is the co-owner and chef of two restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey: the small pan-Latin Zafra and the more formal South American Cucharamama. The restaurants have earned Presilla repeated nominations for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Mid-Atlantic award. In September 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Silver Spoon Award by Food Arts magazine for her multifaceted contributions to the culinary arts.   Presilla is the author of three illustrated books on various aspects of Latin American culture and a forthcoming book on Latin American cooking. Her newest venture is the food store and cooking atelier Ultramarinos in Hoboken. She divides her time between her New Jersey restaurants, Miami, and Latin America.

    A Cordiall Water by M F K Fisher

    The New Taste Of Chocolate a Cultural & Natural History Of Cacao With Recipes by Maricel Presilla

    The New Taste Of Chocolate by Maricel Presilla

Food History Books & Ephemera



    Provence A-Z by Mayle, Peter

    New York: Knopf. DJ: sticker abrasion lower spine; As New in Near Fine dust jacket 2006. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 286 pages .



    [MENU] [FRENCH] Hand-Illustrated Communion Menu

    1947. Large French Menu dated May 25, 1947. 75 x 54 cm (108 cm. open) This menu was made for a First Communion, painted on front and back covers as well as the interior. The menu was signed by family and friends that were present at the event. The front cover depicts a religious figure on a train along with a large religious figure with many bottles of wine. Roughly translates: "Jeannot Leclerc/First Solemn Communion/Menu/In time, the Lord said: "Woe to St. Lo"/and we venerate this holy day our great Patrons/St.Estephe/St. Emilion/Ste. Croix du Mont/Amen....the bottle!" Depicted on the first interior page is an illustration of a scroll and a large man smoking a cigar. Translates: "It is a treat to see my first's communion/If you are really well happy and cheerful/Praise the stove/Thank the master of the house/and in memory of this memorable precious day/Leave me a sly autograph/ So you are able to write." Under this illustration and writing is the signatures of over 10 people with a couple of longer notes. On the facing page, many cheeky illustrations depicting the Menu which is also illustrated on this page. Translates: "First, as a prelude/a light breakfast, enough to maintain an outfit for vespers/ Les hors d'oeuvres - traditional/Hen/ The Rice/Salad of our gardens/Whipped cream as a large Steeple/Mocha/Now that the ceremonies are completed, it is worth giving serious attention/This famous dinner, we will enjoy/Winter Soup/The Salmon Canapé Louis XIII (epic)/The Lamb/Chicken/the Mushrooms of the dead/The other salad/The assorted cheeses-delights the boss/The Pies-super comfort/The Fruits-First Headlines/The bomb/To properly finish this meal/Champagne/Contraband Coffee/liqueurs/And all these good things pleasantly watered by/Bergerac, St. Estephe, Cote d'Or 1942, Chateauneuf du Pape/Bon Appetit!!"/ Depicted on the back cover is a man with a finished meal and a easel. Translated: Poverty is often the ransom? Engineer/The order of the day N. Lemaine railroaders/With wishes of genuine affection/for his family young Communicant Jeannot/25.5.47/First Solemn Communion" with the signature of the artist. A fabulous one of kind item!



    Illustrated Price List of Ships' Galley Ranges, Cabooses, Yacht, Boat and Cabin Stoves by GOULD J & SON

    Devonport. Staplebound. Tan illustrated, lettered wraps. Very good. c. 1900. 24 pages. 22 x 14 cm. A hark back to the golden days of shipbuilding, this fully illustrated pamphlet includes prices and dimensions of their entire inventory. J Gould & Son were one of the many industries/workshops, located in the Royal Navy Yard, specializing in supplying both small crafts, yachts, and steamships. The business was most likely situated in what was known as the Quadrangle, housing foundries, forges, pattern shops, boilermakers and all manner of specialized workshops. Covers toned. Interior lightly toned but crisp and clear. Staples holding nicely.



    1935 Making the Most of Your Electrolux with Practical Recipes by Electrolux Refrigerator Sales Division

    Usa: Servel Inc.. Very Good with No dust jacket as issued. 1935. Soft Cover. A very good copy of this antique cookbook with light edge wear, dust soiling and very light rubbing to covers. See photos 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches; This 48 page vintage advertising cookbook offers many uncommon recipes. Contents include how to use the refrigerator, arrangement of food, care of food, freezing ice cubes, and menus and recipes. The booklet gives Menus for a Week, with recipes for Quick Meals, Luncheons, Dinners, Buffet Suppers, Teas, Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Canapes Hot Breads, Sandwiches and Fillings, Cakes, Cookies and Desserts. Well Illustrated though out with photographs. ; Photographs . whbx 3



    The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe; Michael D. Coe

    Thames & Hudson, 2000. Paperback. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.



    [BRITISH] [MILITARY] Catering Menu for the Officers in the 3rd and 4th Battalions of the West Riding Regiment by Halliwell, Frederick William

    York, England, 1886. Loose_leaf. Folded folio. Very good. 32 x 20 cm. This menu,written by Halliwell, a local master of ceremonies and freemason, was made to accommodate and service the 3rd and 4th battalions' officers of the West Riding Regiment, formerly known as the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. The officers were lodged in the De Grey Rooms, neo-classically designed and constructed by architect George Townsend Andrews in the 1840's. The building was originally built to house the Yorkshire Hussar Regiment. The menu describes breakfast, luncheon, and dinner, with served dishes that include tea, coffee, bacon and eggs, kidneys, cakes, salad, soups, sweets, ices, and more. Menu also informs the officers of prices to pay per diem for services, and the charges the guests and live-in servants must pay for board and food. The second page lists the sums for individual drinks. Delightful acquisition for a connoisseur of English military history. Light fold marks with some toning.



    [MANUSCRIPT] [CULINARY] [REPURPOSED] Beginner English Grammar Book for Danes

    Christiana : P. T. Mallings Boghandel, 1874. Hardcover. Marbled boards, leather spine. Good. Interesting and unusual repurposed grammar book that had a second life as a storehouse for recipes, pasted in, handwritten, as well as newspaper articles. Biddy Bye, a syndicated Woman's Page Editor, is identified as the author of some of these newspaper articles, which helps narrow the years this was being assembled to the mid 1910's. Boards cracked, nearly disbound.



    [COMMUNITY COOKBOOK] Cook Book by The Woman's Guild - First Congregational Church (Compiled by)

    Abington, Massachusetts: Baker Printing Company, c. 1915. Staplebound. Green wraps. Good. 48 pages. 21 x 14 cm. Recipes furnished and attributed by GUILD members. Filled with period local advertisements. Cover illustration of church. Pages toned, covers lightly soiled and chipped.



    The Book of Household Management by Beeton, Isabella

    London: S.O. Beeton, 1861. Hardcover. Maroon morocco spine with pebbled cloth. Very good. 1112 pages. 17.5 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm. "Nothing lovelier can be found In Woman, than to study household good." - Milton First edition in book form. This work originally was published in 24 monthly parts, 1859-1861. Added engraved colored title page, with the Bouverie St. address (the first issue point), and with 11 (of 12) added color plates (lacking the plate at p. 755). Additional illustrated with numerous text woodcuts. Two leaves a bit defective at lower outer corner, may have been stuck together, affecting text tail of pages 719-721. Corners lightly bumped at tail.



    The Dilemma of Third World Nutrition by McComas, Maggie & Geoffrey Fookes, Gorge Taucher

    Nestle S. A., 1985. Second edition. Wraps. Orig. light blue wraps. Very good. 20 pages. 28 x 21 cm. Nestle’s response to the controversy over their infant feeding products sold in Third World countries. In 1973 the New Internationalist published a critical article of Nestle and its practice of marketing baby formula as a healthy alternative to mother’s milk. The article sparked an activist-led campaign to boycott Nestle products. This marketing method was, and is, against the rules of the World Health Organization. This report, prepared in 1982, reviews the medical accuracy of the complaints and traces the evolution of the controversy, analyzes the issues raised, and outlines the techniques employed by Nestle critics. Clean, crisp copy.



    Food with the Famous by Grigson, Jane

    London: Grub Street. New in New dust jacket. 1991. First Thus. Hardcover. 0948817453 . Unread, no remainder mark. Immaculate. Color & b/w illus. Jane Grigson was a well-known cook and food writer in Britain. Her column appeared regularly in the London Observer Colour Magazine. In this unusual book she stepped back in time to share the recipes and food served in the houses of famous people, often cooked by them. In this fascinating work Jane Grigson takes eleven famous women and men and explores their culinary lives, giving the reader a chance to cook and share some of the meals they themselves enjoyed. She starts her exploration with the great diarist, gardener and traveler John Evelyn and continues chronologically, showing the development of cookery, to Parson Woodforde, Jane Austen and Sydney Smith to Thomas Jefferson, Lord and Lady Shaftesbury, Alexander Dumas, Zola, Proust and Monet. Easy-to-make recipes make it a gourmet journey through history. Recipes for soups, desserts and main courses, such as goose, lamb and seafood, are included, and are suitable for making in your very own kitchen. Food with the Famous is illustrated throughout with color and black and white photos. It was originally published in 1979 in the United States by Atheneum. This re-issue was published in 1991 after Grigson's death. It was completely redesigned and re-typeset. ; 256 pages .



    That Sweet Land: A gustatory exploration of St. Mary's County, Maryland, since the arrival of the English settlers on its shores in 1634 by Bonner, Henry

    Leonardtown, Maryland: Henry Bonner, 2003. First printing. Paperback. Very Good. Softcover. 73 pages plus an Index and Bibliography. The first edition was limited to 500 copies.



    American Cookery for December 1935 by Edited by The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co

    Boston, Mass: The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co. The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co , Boston , Mass. 1935 First Edition 63 page vintage cooking magazine . Illustrated full of recipes , hints, vintage advertisement. A very good copy with light edge wear, minor dust soiling small nicks to the rear cover edges, some old pencil marks erased . See photos K/Right/ 2 . Very Good. Magazine. y First Edition. 1st Printing. 1935.



    American Cookery for October 1938 by Edited by The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co

    Boston, Mass: The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co. The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co , Boston , Mass. 1938 First Edition 63 page vintage cooking magazine . Illustrated full of recipes , hints, vintage advertisement. A very good copy with light edge wear, minor dust soiling, some old pencil marks erased . See photos K/Right/ 2 . Very Good. Magazine. y First Edition. 1st Printing. 1938.



    Sarah Field Splint's Selected Recipes Containing 199 Tested Recipes by Sarah Field Splint

    Cincinnati, Ohio: Proctor & Gamble. Fair with No dust jacket as issued. 1928. Pamphlet. This vintage cookbook is in fair to good condition with a damp stain to the lower edges all pages. It is heaviest tot he front cover and first page. It runs an inch deep. The spine has been repaired, and the covers reattached at the inside hinges. A 5 by 7 inch , 64 page pamphlet . See Photos; Comments : Sarah Field Splint was the Editor for the Food Department at McCall's Magazine, Associate Editor of The Delineator, and Editor of The Woman's magazine. She was, during World War I, Chief of the Division of Home Conservation in the U. S. Food Administration. The cookbook contains recipes using Crisco shortening. There are chapters on Deep Fat Frying, Soups, Cereals, Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Meat and Poultry, Vegetables, Sauces, Quick Breads, Salad Dressings and Accompaniments, Cakes and Cookies, Pastry, Desserts and Sauces; Photographs .



    Indulgence - Around the World in Search of Chocolate by Richardson, Paul

    London: Little, Brown. As New in As New dust jacket. 2003. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0316860956 . A very beautiful first printing of the first edition in As New condition in alike dust jacket; Paul Richardson satisfies a lifelong craving by traveling the world to find out the history of this most popular of foods, from the Italian sanguinaccio to chocolate milk to Hershey's chocolate massages, Richardson samples the delicacies within the historic evolution of chocolate .


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    Just Like Mother Used to Make Food from the '30s and '40s by Nilsen, Angela and Weatherell, JUne (Compiled by)

    London: Circle Books. 1980. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Previous owner's details to front free end paper. Illustrated with sepia-toned drawings and colour photographs are by Studio Lorenzini, hand-coloured by Michael Barton. 128 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Somebody To Love? A Rock-and-Roll Memoir by Slick, Grace, and Cagan, Andrea

    New York: Warner Books. Hardcover. 1998. 1st Edition. 8vo 370pp . Very Good+ in Fine DJ. B&W Photographs. Slight bump to top protruding edge of rear cover . Slick was lead singer in the famous 60s rock-and-roll band, Jefferson Airplane .



    The Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Catherine Phipps

    Ebury Press, 2012. Hardcover. Fine. Light wear to boards. Shipped from the U.K. All orders received before 3pm sent that weekday.



    The Housewife’s Almanac. A Book for Homemakers by Edited by The Kellogg Co

    The Housewife's Almanac. A Book for Homemakers 1938 A Compilation of Information For Everyday Use Containing: A Calendar for the year with important historical events, astronomical data, sun moon rise and set times, Valuable advice on keeping kit, tempting recipes, outdoor and indoor games, interesting facts for radio fans, Timetable for baking and roasting, worlds often mispronounced, Horoscopes, Pointers for Safe Driving, and much other useful and entertaining information. Published by Kellogg Co. Battle Creek Michigan. This is a 36 page, 8 x 5.5 inch booklet containing all kinds of information- digestion, how to be liked, american weddings, dreams and their meanings, games, and much more. Filled with color advertising and recipes using All-Bran. Condition: Light dust soiling, creasing and toning. Spine torn at both ends but still attached at staple binding. Tiny edge tears.See photos. ebbx



    The Complete Cook, bound with The Complete Confectioner by Sanderson, James M. and Eleanor Parkinson

    Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1843 and 1844. First Edition. Hardcover. Orig. black boards with paper spine label. Very good. 196 & 154 pages. 19.5 x 12 cm. First edition, here issued bound as one. The Complete Cook's illustrations feature carving. The Complete Confectioner has one page of illustrations; modeling tools. Final 10 pages filled with advertisements. Pages tanned, edges rubbed, otherwise text clean, no markings. [LOWENSTEIN 302 & 320].



    American Cookery for May 1935 by Edited by The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co

    The Boston Cooking School Magazine Co , Boston , Mass. 1935 First Edition 63 page vintage cooking magazine . Illustrated full of recipes , hints, vintage advertisement. A very good copy with light edge wear, minor dust soiling. See photos K/Right/ 2



    Indulgence : One Man's Selfless Search for the Best Chocolate in the World by Paul Richardson

    Little, Brown Book Group Limited, 2004. Paperback. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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