The Dessert Book.
A complete manual from the best American and foreign authorities. With original economical recipes.Boston: J. E. Tilton and Company. 1872 Stock Code: 118484
First edition. This cookery book, designed for a mass audience using products readily available, notably features a section on chocolate and its uses as a beverage. This work provides a useful insight into the practice of sellers adulterating chocolate "with a variety of starch grain items" to meet ever-increasing demand. The author cautions readers that true chocolate should not thicken as prepared, and if it does, farina, a form of milled wheat, had been added. It also includes recommendations alongside the recipes, for example that white chocolate is "suited to delicate persons, and those weakened by a long illness". Laid in is an advertisement for Brower Bros. Lap Tablets, which were made "in silk and velvet... in portfolio shape with Dreka's dictionary blotters set in, which makes the tablets a complete writing companion" (The Publishers Weekly - Volume 12, p. 472).
Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine gilt, reversed out of gilt decoration to front cover, decorations blocked in black and gilt, double frame blocked in blind to rear cover, yellow endpapers. Advert for liquid rennet tipped in at rear.
Bumps to spine ends, slight wear to extremities, dust toning to top edge, occasional light foxing, a very good copy.
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