Item #05758 Temperance Cook Book. Mary G. SMITH.
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book
Temperance Cook Book

Temperance Cook Book

San Jose, Cal.: Mercury Book and Job Printing House, 1887. Item #05758

Mary Smith's 1887 work provides recipes which will neither
"Awaken the appetite of the reformed" nor "Cultivate a taste for intoxicating drink in the young"

SMITH, Mary G. Temperance Cook Book. Written by Mrs. Mary G. Smith, for the benefit of all Housekeepers. Second edition. San Jose, Cal.: Mercury Book and Job Printing House, 1887.

Second edition. Small quarto (8 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches; 222 x 150 mm.). [4, ads printed on pink paper], [1]-261, [1, blank]. There are also two other advertisements printed on pink paper and bound in with the text - four pages between pp. 74/75 and four pages between pp. 144/145. In addition there is a two page advertisement for The San Jose Mercury between between 157/158.

Publisher's brown cloth, covers stamped in blind, front cover lettered in gilt, floral endpapers, all edges stained red. Inner hinges split, some wear to extremities of binding. A good copy.

Mary Smith's 1887 work provides recipes which will neither "awaken the appetite of the reformed" nor "cultivate a taste for intoxicating drink in the young."

"A Temperance Cook Book is one of the great necessities of the age. There should be nothing in our eatables to awaken the appetite of the reformed, and we certainly want nothing to cultivate a taste for intoxicating drinks in the young. With this view, I bring this, my second volume before the public, as a guide and assistant to all housekeepers - not claiming superiority over the many cook books already in the market - only so far as liquor and extravagance is concerned… Having had years of experience in cooking, I feel competent to offer this book as the long-needed help to housekeepers. There are many valuable recipes in it, which I have selected and tried with good results." (Preface).

According to “Encarnaci n's Kitchen: Mexican Recipes from Nineteenth-Century California,” there are two recipes of Hispanic origin, one for “Spanish buns – Nice with Coffee” and one for “Chili Colorad [sic]…a favorite dish with all people on the Pacific Coast.” (Glozer 297).  

Bitting 440; Glozer 297.

Price: $850.00

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