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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 .



    Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book First Edition 4th Printing Hardback (NOT Spiral Bound) by General Mills

    The boards and edges are soiled, with a 7/8" tear along the spine with bumped edges. Corners are rubbed. Inside has one page corner crease and some soiling on end papers. Main portion is clean and complete. 455 pp. Hardback/Boards.



    Houssaye J.-GMonographie du The - Description Botanique, Torrefaction, Composition Chimique, Proprietes Hygieniques de cette Feuille

    Paris: L'Auteur, 1843. Octavo, 160 pages, illustrated with eighteen engravings and one additional engraving which is an advertisement. First edition. An important work on the history and introduction of tea into Europe, and of the plant's various uses, including medicinal applications. The handsome engravings show the elements of tea production, from tea plants to factories, equipment, etc. Small cancels to title page and to advertisement at rear indicate a change in address of the publisher/tea importer, otherwise internally very good. In a near very good original binding, with a small stain and scrape mark and some bumping to blue, blind and gilt-stamped binding depicting a pagoda, tea plants and a shipment ready for transport.



    The Household Searchlight Recipe Book 14th Printing Revised and Enlarged by Ida Migliario, Zorada Titus, Harriet Allard, Irene Nanemaker

    Hardcover, no dust jacket, is very worn around corners and edges. Bottom corners are bent. Some wear to edges with soil spots plus some scuffing to the back cover. Name on flyleaf with the old price crossed out. Paper attached to inside front cover is creased and torn at bottom corner and is discolored along the outer edge. Paper inside back cover has a couple of water stains along the edges. Pages have some discoloration from age and some stain spots. Index is discolored, some are bent and some bottom edges are torn and/or folded over. Ships with delivery confirmation.



    Sherman, Henry C.Chemistry of Food and Nutrition

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1911. Thick octavo, 355 pages + ads. First edition. An important work in the history of nutrition. Sherman, was the first to apply the measurement of calories to nutrition, and was among the first to isolate individual various nutrients including certain minerals, vitamins and amino acids. This work was said to have been the inspiration for the USDA dietary guidelines, first developed by Hazel Stiebeling in 1933. Stiebeling's work was the first quantitative national dietary standard for the minerals calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A and C. The values were based on her research in the Sherman laboratory. Small ownership sticker removed from front pastedown, otherwise a fine copy, in publisher's green cloth.



    Gold Medal Century Of Success Cookbook (The Best Gold Medal Recipes Of 100 Years) by Betty Crocker Kitchens

    Minneapolis, Minnesota: General Mills. Very Good. 1979. Presumed First Edition. Soft Cover. 002860: Has several pages of history and historical photos of Gold Medal. Beautiful full-color photographs throughout. "We have included recipes which were popular advertising features of the early 1900s, during the depression and in the 1950s. ... We also have taken great recipes from some of our firm's old cookbooks, published as early as 1880. ... Many recipes, especially the very old ones, had to be rewritten in the contemporary Betty Crocker style. " Scarce, Out Of Print, Book. : 8 x 10 in.: 112 pages .



    Mendelsohn, Oscar A.Drinking with Pepys

    London/New York: Macmillan & Co Ltd./St. Martin's Press, 1963. Octavo, 125 pages. 1st edition, US issue, with the St. Martin's sticker, added to the foot of the dust jacket. The author has "collated all Pepy's allusions to alcohol, to Possets and Syllabubs, Cellerage and Cooperage". Very good in publisher's red cloth, in a near very good, lightly spine faded dust jacket with a few older tape repairs to the corners. Still attractive, and with the ownership signature and shelf number of a Boston food historian.



    Lewis, Gwen (pub.)Buckskin Cookery. Souvenir Cookbook of Pioneer Recipes Donated by Old Timers and Natives of B.C.Vol. I: The Pioneer Section & Vol. II: The Hunting Section

    Quesnel, B.C.: Gwen Lewis, 1957. Two volumes, small octavos, 56 & 56 pages. First edition. Contains recipes for Northwest pioneer staples including bannocks, Saskatoon jelly, Buried fruit, and various medicinal concoctions. The hunting volume includes game recipes for coyote, buffalo pemmican, mud pack salmon, moose tongue, and much more. Very thorough little books. Both near fine in publisher's printed wrappers.



    Happy Moments in the Kitchen a Cook Book Fundraiser for Chicago Junior School, Fox River Country Day School, Elgin IL by Tree Town Friends

    This spiral bound softcover is sound/usable but has many stains. The front wrapper has a large crease. There is a slit in the spiral spine and a tear in the plastic overlay. Appears to be mid century since some of the many advertisers' phone numbers start with letters and it was published before zip codes. The names of the recipe contributors are listed. The Chicago Junior School was founded in St. Joe MI. in 1913 and moved to Elgin, IL. in 1923. It "provided a home and a school for boys and girls of grade school age who temporarily lack adequate home environment and to inspire them with ideals of right living." It later became the Fox River Country Day School. It was in existence for 98 years until 2011. In 2012 the bank foreclosed on the school which was architecturally significant with buildings designed by John Van Bergen. The Unique Prarie Style buildings are now threatened with demolition and the 50 acre nature preserve is in danger of being subdivided into an industrial park according to



    Gayre, G.R.Wassail! Or Mazers of Mead. An Account of Mead Methgelin, Sack and Other Ancient Liquors, and of the Mazer Cups out of which they were drunk

    London: Phillimore & Co. Ltd, 1948. Octavo, 176 pages. Illustrated. First edition. As the title says. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.



    Cooking With Love by Florence Kerr Hirschfeld

    Inside of Book in Near Fine condition, a clean copy.  Personal bookplate with signature as photographed. Dust Jacket Good. Very worn around edges including spine with many small tears. DJ. is also wrinkly.  Main portion VG, please see photos.



    Schraemli, HarryVon Lucullus zu Escoffier: Ein Schlemmerbuch fur kluge Frauen und gescheite Manner

    Zurich: Interverlag AG, 1949. Large octavo, 296 pages. First edition. Illustrated with facsimiles (in-text and plates) throughout. Text in German. Schraemli's important history of cookery and cookbooks. In cloth boards with red and gilt stamped spine label, with some minor discoloration. Text slightly browned with age, otherwise very good condition.



    The Good Housekeeping Cookbook Revised 7th Edition with over 900 pages 1944 Stamford House Edition by Dorothy B. Marsh

    The hardcover is worn around the edges and corners. The spine is loose and could use to be reglued at the top. The front edge of the spine has about a 1/2" tear. The doily on the tan cover and lettering on the spine is in very nice condition. The inside is in VG condition. Has a couple of soil spots and a small 1/4" closed tear which creased/folded over. There are a couple of spots on the foredge and back cover has some soiling. NO dust jacket. The binding is starting to seperate at the back cover. Has color photographs and black and white line drawings.



    Schraemli, HarryVon Lucullus zu Escoffier: Ein Schlemmerbuch fur kluge Frauen und gescheite Manner

    Hergiswil: Verlag Gastropress, 1981. Large octavo, 304 pages. Later printing. Illustrated with facsimiles throughout. Text in German. Schraemli's important history of cookery and cookbooks. In clean tan cloth. Very, very slight foxing to a few pages, otherwise fine. In near fine dust jacket with minor wear to corners.



    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.



    (Jefferson, Thomas) Marie KimballThomas Jefferson's Cook Book

    Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1979. Octavo, 120 pages. Second printing of the UPV edition. A marvelous study of the culinary preferences of the first President. The recipes found here include some brought back to the states from France by Jefferson, as well as others from cookbook authors of the time. Craig Claiborne called this book, "The most comprehensive work yet compiled on Thomas Jefferson's gastronomic adventures." A near fine copy in dark brown cloth in a near fine dust jacket.



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

    Little, Brown, 2003-01-02. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good jacket. Robust packaging. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide



    Plat, Sir HughDelightes for Ladies. Written Originally by Sir Hugh Plat. First Printed in 1602, London, England. Reprinted from the Edition of 1627. Illustrations from 1609 edition. Collated and Edited by..

    Herrin, Illinois: Trovillion Private Press at the Sign of the Silver Horse, 1939. Tall duodecimo, 120 pages. First printing of this limited edition. Number 37 of 279 signed and numbered copies. A delightful small press printing of the noted agriculturalist and inventor Hugh Plat's popular early 17th Century cookbook, originally published in 1600 (not 1602 as indicated by this title page). Lacking the dust jacket that was issued with the standard, limited issue. Beyond the normal limitation and signature of the colophon, this copy has an additional printed presentation page, which reads, "Presentation copy of Delightes for Ladies, is specially printed and bound for Will Ransom the great bibliographer of private presses, and personally signed by the publishers, September 1939" followed by the flourished signature of Violet and Hal Trovillion. Ransom's library ticket is pasted in at rear, and laid-in is the printed prospectus for the book, a pink printed envelope addressed to the Trovillion Press, and the original mailing label used to ship the book from Trovillion to Ransom.



    Mrs. Bruhn's Favorites (sold at Euclid Church Bazaar, Oct. 1972) by Evelyn S. Bruhn

    Forty two pages, signed inside wrapper "In appreciation! Evelyn".  This wrapper is very soiled and detached from the book. It was well used and has a lot of stains inside. It ships first class as standard.



    The True History of Chocolate by Coe, Sophie D. & Michael D

    Thames & Hudson, 1996 Book. Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. hardback, 8vo, brown cloth lettered gilt, foxing to front free endpaper, title page, and Contents page torn at tail end of gutter without loss but with corners of relevant pages creased & thus good only, binding tight however & o/w good in a very good pictorial dust wrapper, colour plates, b&w illustrations, 280pp.



    Selections From The First Ladies Cookbook by Fritos by The First Ladies and Fritos

    Ships First Class to 48 U.S. States. Like New but slight crease from opening wrapper. Pocket sized. A Frito Lay advertising bonus. Taken from back cover, "Here is your personal invitaion to dine at the White House. Taste America's culinary past through the fascinating pages of this truly UNIQUE cookbook. From Martha Washington's Beefsteak and Kidney Pie to Nancy Reagan's Veal Stew with Red Wine, you'll savor the essence of the eating habits of 40 presidential households." More than 75 recipes inc. appetizers, soups, entrees & desserts.



    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



    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 one of England's most celebrated food writers. Her column in the Observer's Color Magazine appeared for more than a decade. Food with the Famous is drawn from a popular series of columns about famous people and their cookery - not celebrities exactly, but famous people - Thomas Jefferson, Jane Austen, Alexander Dumas, Proust, Monet and John Evelyn to name a few. This fascinating book is a completely redesigned edition and glorious full-color photos have been added. It is a must for every food lover, a classic of scholarship and wit. ; 256 pages .



    Eight Immortal Flavors with AUTOGRAPH by Johnny Kan

    Inscribed on front end page by Helen Kan, "For Rosie Happy Cooking, Helen Kan" in red marker. Book in Fine+ condition but spine bends forward. Dust Jacket VG with wear along top edge inc. corner and along the front edge of the spine. 9th printing.



    Dining in New York with Rector by Rector, George

    New York: Prentice-Hall, 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Hardcover in dust jacket. First printing of first edition. Book is in fine, As New condition, crisp and clean, with tight binding, sharp corners, and pristine text pages. Stamped ownership name on front free endpage. Price-clipped dust jacket is intact, with sizable chips at top and corners. "A personal guide to good eating in New York City restaurants of every type and price range"--circa 1939. Price range of meals included at each review--read it and weep. 8vo. 275 pp. including index to restaurants. In protective Mylar.

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