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    The Home Cook Book by Ladies of Toronto and Chief Cities and Towns in Canada

    Toronto: The Hunter-Rose Company, nd. 1800s. Hardcover. Fair. xi, [2], 10-379, [5] p. 20 cm. Hardcover. Soiled exerior. Ink signature to front free endpaper. Title page chipped and detached. Small chips in first page of Contents. Last page is detached and chipped. Pages browning, some spotting and staining but mainly to text block edge. Besides recipes for breads, custards, cakes, drinks, fish, meats, ices, medicines (including Grandmother's Salve for Everything), puddings, poultry, soups, vegetables, also contains advice on housekeeping, dinner etiquette, social observances, etc. Sample menus at rear.



    A collection of seven hundred tested recipes published by the Rutheans of the High Prairie M. E. Church of Muscatine, Iowa by Rutheans

    Muscatine, Iowa: [Press of Conway-Schaefer, 1912. 8vo, pp. 156; numerous advertisements throughout; original tan printed wrappers; spine perished, worn, soiled, spotted, and stained, a number of annotations throughout, but sound and complete. Rutheans was the ethnonymic term used for the Ukrainian people, many of whom clearly settled in and around Muscatine. Not in OCLC.



    Menu for the Farewell Dinner for Mrs. A[dolph]Spreckel before her departure for France at Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, San Francisco, 1920 by Spreckels, Adolph

    San Francisco: Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant,1920. Cardboard menu 10.5 x 4.5 inches with embossed chromolithograph of a knight slaying a dragon and flaps that open (one slightly detached.) In 1908, the owners of the Poodle Dog, the Old Poodle Dog, John Bergez Restaurant and Frank's Rotisserie merged their businesses, opening Bush Street and Claude Lane under Lalanne with partners Jean B. Pon, Jean Bergez, Louis Coutard and Camille Mailhebeau. The restaurant now boasted five floors; the top floor offered a ballroom. A side door mimicked the earlier establishment with a birdcage elevator that took the men and their "companions" upstairs. They brought the elegance of the Nineties back to San Francisco as the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog. The cuisine reflected the skills of some of the finest French chefs in the city but also included innovations unique to San Francisco. The original Louis Dressing originated in the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog circa 1908; a product of the skills of Louis Coutard.



    Cocktails. How to Mix Them. by (COCKTAILS.) [VERMEIRE], Robert

    Herbert Jenkins, London, 1930. Condition: Reasonablefor age, Eighth printing. cover has some rubbing and slightly bent, binding is a little lose so needs to be handle with care, pencil inscription in cover and date in biro (see photo). Some pencil ticks where the book has been used. I like to think that this was working book that was stored behind a bar by a bartender and used when needed. Adverts in back, 112pp.



    The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

    2009-06-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!



    The Barbara Pym Cookbook by Hilary Pym; Honor Wyatt

    U.S.A.: Dutton Adult, 1988. First printing and stated first edition. Lavender cloth, gilt titles. Small octavo. Contents arranged by course from recipes referenced in Pym's novels. Book very good plus with light aging at edges. DJ near fine. Scarce in first. 111 pp.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.



    La Sociedad de Vino y Comida San Francisco, California XIII de Marzo de 1951 [caption title] by [GRABHORN PRESS]

    [San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1951], 1951. First edition. OCLC records four copies in two records (Alberta, Book Club of California, B. Young and Washington). In fine condition.. Broadside menu, 37 x 26 cm, folded and inserted in decorative wrappers, as issued. Printed in red, green and black. A handsome menu and wine list for a dinner by the Wine and Food Society of San Francisco at the Jai Alai Basque Cafe, 761 Broadway, on March 13, 1951, with the imprint in the lower margin "Imprenta Grabhorn." The copies described in OCLC have a printed paper label on the front wrapper, not present here. The Grabhorns were members of the Wine & Food Society.



    ORGANISTS' GASTRONOMICAL REPERTOIRE Presented By Chicago Club of Women Organists 1962 by Chicago Club of Woment Organists

    Chicago: Chicago Club of Woment Organists, 1962. a collection of hundreds or recipes contributed by various members. Divided into various section with card dividers - Bread, soups, main dishes - vegetables, salads, pastries, puddings, cakes, pickles, relishes, beverages etc. ~Pages typescript with various drawings. Contemporary leather ring folder with leather ties. A few pages loose at ties, a few pages a little marked. A good copy. A rare historic collection.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. 8vo Landscape.



    Classy, restaurants and cafes in Stockholm by Lindberg, Ake (Ed.)

    Stockholm: Young Rascals, 2007. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Tall folio, faint spot or two on covers else VG/VG,1st edn, 273pps, many full page colour photographs of fifty Stockholm cafes and restaurants, displays of food, ineriors/exteriors, introductory text for each location plus websites, e-mails, fax numbers, owner(s), head chef(s), other incidental facts, rare..



    Memorias e observacões sobre o modo de aperfeiçoar a manufactura do azeite de oliveira em Portugal. Remittidas á Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa by DALLA BELLA, Joaõ Antonio

    Lisbon: Academia Real das Sciencias, 1784. Contemporary calf, spine gilt (head & foot of spine worn).. Ownership signature on title p., top corner of pp.87-104 repaired, small wormhole in lower margin of pp. 105-end of 1st work; tear repaired in outer margin of pp. 149/150 of 2nd work.. Together with:- DALLA BELLA, João António: Memoria sobre a cultura das oliveiras em Portugal. Small 4to. XIX, 190 pp. Coimbra, Real Off. Typ. da Universidade, 1786. First edition of both works. Dalla Bella had been invited by Pombal from Italy to teach at the University of Coimbra following the latter's reforms of the institution, and he describes methods for improving the cultivation of olive trees and the production of olive oil in Portugal. Innocêncio III, 288 & X, 153. Azevedo-Samodães 996, "apreciadas e pouco vulgar." (1st work): Palha 443, "opuscule estimé." (2nd work) Simon, Bibl. Gastronomica, 430.



    Johann Richardsons Vorschläge zu neuen Vortheilen beym Bierbrauen. Nebst Beschreibung seines neuerfundenen Instruments, um den Gehalt des Bieres zu erforschen. Aus dem Englischen mit Anmerkungen übersetzt. Mit einer Vorrede begleitet von D. Lorenz Crell by RICHARDSON, John

    Engraved frontis. 20 p.l.(incl. frontis.), 234 pp. 8vo, cont. blue boards, flat spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Berlin & Stettin: F. Nicolai, 1788. First edition in German, a translation of Theoretic Hints on an Improved Practice of Brewing Malt-Liquors (1st ed.: 1777) by Richardson (fl. 1778-98). The text by Richardson has been greatly augmented with important additions by Lorenz Crell (1744-1816), professor of chemistry and mineralogy at Brunswick and later at Göttingen and an early proponent of Lavoisier. Crell was an active correspondent of all the leading chemists in Germany and other countries and his journals diffused a knowledge of the French, British, and Swedish discoveries in Germany. Fine copy. ❧ Schoellhorn 255.



    ACETARIA. A Discourse of Sallets by Evelyn, John or J.E

    London: Prospect Books, 1982. Hardcover. Fine. A facsimile of the 1699 first edition. This is copy Number 250 (no limitation stated). The first recorded book on salads. An accomplished gardener, Evelyn (1620-1706) firmly believed salads should combine a variety of textures, aromas, colors, and tastes. His advice on dressings is detailed and thorough. 12mo. Original green cloth binding, with gilt stamping. A fine copy in the original acetate dust wrapper.



    The Spartan Cook Book: A Selection of Tested Recipes Compiled by the Ladies of the Sparta W.T.A.

    London, Ontario: A. Talbot & Co., Printers, 1908. Fourth Edition. Softcover. Fair. 168 p. 22 cm. B&w photo of Hotel Spartan. Paper on cloth covers, much cracked and chipped. Spotting inside, particularly in dessert section. Last page and rear cover coming loose from spine. Recipes for all courses including soup, fish, meat, vegetables, breads, desserts, etc. Proceeds of the sales apparently supported the Hotel Spartan public house with no intoxicants. Many recipes are attributed to particular contributors eg. Mrs. Wm. Butterwick. Some local advertising eg. Sparta Branch of The Sterling Bank of Canada and Aylmer Canning Co. First edition was 1902. W.T.A. was Women's Temperance Auxiliary. Driver 0124.4.



    Kander, Mrs. SimonThe Settlement Cook Book : Tested recipes from the Milwaukee Public School Kitchen Girls Trades and Technical High School, Authoritative Dietitians and Experienced Housewives

    Milwaukee, WI: The Settlement Cook Book Co, 1941. Octavo, xlvi+623 pages. Twenty-fourth edition, revised and enlarged. A much later edition this influential and massively successful cookbook, originally published in 1901. The emphasis is American, with a smattering of hearty Jewish Eastern European fare. In earlier editions, the Jewish/Eastern European influence was more prevalent. This copy is extraordinary, in unused condition bright and fresh, with the original white, washable boards shiny and clean, the original publisher's green dust jacket, with white bland and red printed text and decoration is equally exceptional. Fine, and rare thus. [Axford, p. 363; DuSablon, America's Collectible Cookbooks, pages 65-67].



    Beer Packaging: A Manual for the Brewing and Beverage Industries by BRODERICK, Harold M. (ed.)

    Madison, WI: Master Brewers Association of the Americas, 1982. Hardcover. Very good +. viii, 624 p. 24 cm. Numerous b&w figures. Burgundy hardcover. Some light soiling or label residue on rear. Ink signature on front pastedown.



    [Menu - collection]Austro-Hungarian Menu Collection

    Vienna; Bratislava, 1891. Collection of thirty-one menus, mounted in a contemporary scrapbook. The menus hail mostly from Vienna, in large part from the Metropole Hotel and Frohner's Hotel Imperial, but there are also four from the Palugyay Palace in Bratislava. Although the menus come from only a few hotel restaurants, there is great stylistic variety, with some of the menus printed, and other handwritten on printed card. A few contain original photographic portraits. Designs include a few exhibiting Orientalism. One of the menus serves as a place card, and has the name "Carl Von Oberleithner" inked on the verso. Von Oberleithner was a successful businessman in the Hemp and Flax industry, and perhaps this was his collection. The menus are displayedin chronological order covering a ten year period starting in 1881. A bit of fading to some of the menus, but overall in very good condition. The gilt-titled and decorated binder has some edgewear to the heavy card stock pages, and the cloth is rubbed and split at the hinges, otherwise in very good condition.



    Menu at Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, San Francisco, for Christmas, 1920 by Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant

    San Francisco: Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1920. 2pp. 10.5 x 6.9 inches. Color embossed cover with turkey, eagle and American flags. "$2.50 a plate (War tax extra)" In 1908, the owners of the Poodle Dog, the Old Poodle Dog, John Bergez Restaurant and Frank's Rotisserie merged their businesses, opening Bush Street and Claude Lane under Lalanne with partners Jean B. Pon, Jean Bergez, Louis Coutard and Camille Mailhebeau. The restaurant now boasted five floors; the top floor offered a ballroom. A side door mimicked the earlier establishment with a birdcage elevator that took the men and their "companions" upstairs. They brought the elegance of the Nineties back to San Francisco as the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog. The cuisine reflected the skills of some of the finest French chefs in the city but also included innovations unique to San Francisco. The original Louis Dressing originated in the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog circa 1908; a product of the skills of Louis Coutard.



    [Glasse, Hannah]The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, by a Lady

    London: printed for the author, 1748. Octavo, iv+[28]+330 pages. Third edition of the most successful and influential English cookbook of the eighteenth century. Hannah Glasse (1708-1770) was the wife of an attorney and the mother of eight children, and she published the first edition of her Art of Cookery -- a work she boasted "far exceeds any Thing of the Kind ever yet published" -- in 1747. It went through eight editions in her lifetime and was not supplanted as a culinary authority until the work of Isabella Beeton appeared in 1861. Oberlé notes that the author "Severely condemns the extravagance of French cooking." General wear and staining throughout. Original calf boards worn and crushed at corners. Rebacked with a now somewhat brittle calf, with raised bands and a gilt-stamped red morocco spine label. Still a good or better copy. All early editions of this title are scarce. [Bitting 187; McLean page 59; Oxford page 77; Simon BG 763].



    Wm. Ward. Fox & Hounds Inn. Weasenham. [England.] by Ward, Wm

    Weasenham St. Peter, Norfolk. England: circa 1840. Engraved Bill of Fare. Blank. 7.5 x 3 inches. From the collection of Hon. Gerald Henry Brabazon Ponsonby (1829-1908), Private secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland; son of 4th Earl of Bessborough. The inn still exists: Fox and Hounds The Green | Weasenham St. Peter, King's Lynn PE32 2TB,



    Brillat-Savarin, Jean AnthelmePhysiologie du gout, ou meditation de gastronomie transcendante; ouvrage theorique, historique et a l'ordre du jour, dedie aux gastronomie parisiens

    Paris: Sautelet et Cie, 1826. Two volumes, octavo, xiv, 390 & 449 pages. contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards Light wear at extremities, otherwise in very good condition. First edition of the most famous treatise on gastronomy. The Physiology of Taste was published in an edition of 500 copies, appearing only two months after the author's death. The book is a comprehensive philosophy of the palate and of the table, and far beyond, presented in a series of thirty meditations on subjects such as the senses, taste, appetite, gastronomy, restaurateurs, cooking, fasting, obesity, death, sleep, rest and dreams. Brillat-Savarin was an attorney and magistrate who fled France during the Terror, living in Switzerland and New York until his return after the fall of Robespierre in 1796. The present work secured his eternal fame among gastronomes. The charming American writer and translator of Brillat-Savarin, M.F.K. Fisher commends the work for its straightforward and unornamented prose in an era of florid writing, but the intellectual range and invention of the work is anything but simple. At the very outset: "1. The Universe is nothing without the things that live in it, and everything that lives eats. 2. Animals feed themselves; men eat; but only wise men know the art of eating. 3. The destiny of nations depends on how they nourish themselves." It may be noted that Brillat-Savarin regularly refers to his gastronomic experience in America. [Cagle 98; Crahan 491; Oberle 144; Vicaire 116; Wheaton & Kelly 860].



    The American Physitian; or, a Treatise of the Roots, Plants, Trees, Shrubs, Fruit, Herbs &c. growing in the English Plantations in America. Describing the Place, Time, Names, Kindes, Temperature, Vertues and Uses of them, either for Diet, Physick, &c. Whereunto is added a Discourse of the Cacao-Nut-Tree, and the use of its Fruit; with all the ways of making of Chocolate. The like never extant before by HUGHES, William

    12 p.l. (the first a blank), 159, [9] pp. (final leaf blank). 12mo, cont. sheep (spine faded, a bit rubbed). London: J.C. for W. Crook, 1672. First edition of "the earliest work in English on the medicinal virtues of North American tropical plants. Based on first-hand observations made in the West Indies. Evidence suggests that Hughes began his career in 1651 with a privateering voyage to the West Indies, during which he traveled to Barbados, St. Kitts, Cuba, Jamaica and mainland Florida. He appears to have spent a good deal of time visiting British plantations on Jamaica and Barbados, where he observed and made descriptions of a large number of New World tropical plants including potatoes, yams, maize ('the wheat of America'), bananas, avocadoes ('Spanish pears'), chili peppers, watermelons, sugarcane, guavas, prickly pears, coconuts and manioc. Hughes's work 'contributed greatly to the spread of the American indigenous use of plants either for Meat or Medicine.'-Wilson & Hurst, Chocolate as Medicine [2012] p. 55."-Garrison-Morton 7007 (on-line version, new addition). While little is known about Hughes (active 1665-83), he did leave evidence in his books that he had worked at one time at Radley, in Warwickshire, and that he had travelled throughout England and to the vineyards in Europe. This book was written during his time in the West Indies. The last third of Hughes's book is devoted to the medicinal properties of chocolate, which he called the "American nectar." This is an extremely rare book on the market and our copy is very fine in its first binding. ❧ Henrey, I, p. 204 & no. 203 in the bibliography.



    Wooden board (335 x 233 x 18 mm.), title carved at top of one side "Shinpan tsujiura" [trans.: "New Edition of Fortunes"] by FORTUNE COOKIE WOODBLOCK BOARD

    12 columns long, 8 columns wide, each column within a border, carved on both sides. Japan: late Edo. A fine example of a wood block board, carved with 192 fortunes (96 on each side). The printed fortunes, known as tsujiura, are small pieces of paper inserted in edible crackers (senbei). The slips of paper produced from this board each measure 26 x 26 mm. after trimming. Fortune cookies were, in fact, invented in Kyoto, and the tradition of American Chinese restaurants serving fortune cookies was derived from Japanese immigrants. Some of the fortunes include "God will help you," "Go to Shimbashi," "Getting Better," "Everybody likes you," "I rely on you more than Buddha," etc. In fine condition.



    Cheddar Gorge: a Book of English Cheeses by Squire, John (Ed. )

    London: Collins, 1937. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Ill. By Ernest H. Shepard, 12 essays on as many cheeses by Ambrose Heath, Squire, Osbert Burdett, Andre Simon, Oliver St. J. Gogarty, etc, 4to, 181pps, minor dampstainign to rear d/w and chips to its spine..



    The Every-Day Cook-Book and Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes for Family Use by NEIL, Miss E

    Chicago: M. A. Donohue & Co, nd. Cloth. Fair. viii, [1], 8-316 p. 20 cm. Green cloth hardcover. Corners and edges worn, boards rubbed, front hinge cracking internally, pages browned, tear in top of p. 39 Bread and breakfast, cakes, drinks, dessert and tea dishes, fish, ices, ice-cream and candy, invalid cookery, meats, puddings, pastry, preserves, poultry, pork, ham, eggs, soups, salads, picles, catsup, vegetables.



    New American Chefs and Their Recipes by Pappas, Lou Seibert

    San Francisco, Ca: 101 Productions, 1984. First softcover edition (NAP). With a Preface by M.F.K. Fisher. A collection of favorite/signature recipes by then-prominent chefs of the Nouvelle Cuisine. B&W photos of the chefs and some recipes; a few color photos included. Very good withc reases at spine, front cover, a few light soil spots. 158 pp.. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.

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