[LEE, N. K. M.] & Eliza Leslie.
The Cook’s Own Book.
An American family cook book; containing more than twenty-five hundred receipts, for cooking every kind of meat, fish, and fowl, and making of soups, gravies, pastry, preserves and essences: together with a complete system of confectionery. Miss Leslie's seventy-five receipts for pastry, cakes and sweetmeats, the art of carving, etc., etc. By a Boston housekeeper.
Expanded and illustrated edition of “the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States” (Oxford Companion to Food, p. 17), one of the most popular American cookbooks of the 19th century (Michigan State University introduction, online). The Cook’s Own Book was first published in 1832 and compiled mainly from British sources. Eliza Leslie (1787-1858) was a noted cookery writer from Philadelphia. Scarce in commerce and just one copy in libraries outside the US (Berlin).
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Octavo (204 122 mm). Original diagonally-ribbed maroon cloth, fork vignette gilt to spine, covers panel-stamped with twin rules and central publisher’s devices in blind, yellow endpapers. Colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 4 similar plates, wood-engravings to the text. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Extremities lightly rubbed, tips bumped, headcaps worn with mild loss, title-page browned from frontispiece, a little pale foxing and marginal damping towards front and rear. A very good copy.