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Cooking & Culinary History From Motte & Bailey, Booksellers


A History of Champagne with Notes on the Other Sparkling Wines of France

By Vizetelly, Henry

Ilkey, West Yorkshire, UK: Andrew Low Fine Wines Ltd., 1980. Facsimile of 1882 original . Hardcover. Very good. Quarto (oversized). Green cloth with gilt designs and titles on spine and front board. All edges gilt as well. Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. 261 p. w/ many great illustrations, fold out map, appendix. An attractive book, with much history and background. Vizetelly was a successful newspaper man who went into publishing both English and translated European works, and was notably prosecuted twice for obscene libel in publishing Emile Zola. His interest in wine was active through most of his adult life.


Grand National Racing Wives' Auxiliary Cook Book

By Driver's Wives and fans

no place, circa 1978. First edition. Plastic Comb Bound softcover. Very good. Small octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers, Some spots to covers from use. 96 p. Recipes from wives of racers and mostly female fans of Grand National Nascar racing, with a list of drivers and their favorite foods at the back - though none of them mention their wives' cooking :).


Rum : Yesterday and Today

By Barty-King, Hugh and Anton Masel, foreword by Hammond Innes

London: Heinemann, 1983. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good, price clipped. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. Printed in black with some red details and illus., 264 p. w/ illus., bibliography, index, and appendices on cold and hot drinks and cooking with rum. A lovely and entertaining book about the famous Caribbean sugar-cane spirit first mentioned in the 17h century as Kill-Divell. The work covers the history and tales of the drink, as well as a tour of the (then) makers of rum with interesting anecdotes.


Pioneer Women Cook Book : a Kosher Cook Book Collected and Published by Pioneer Women Brooklyn Council [ New York ]

By Pioneer Women Brooklyn Council

Brooklyn, NY: Pioneer Women Brooklyn Council , 1974. First edition. Plastic Comb Bound. Very good. Squarish octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. 148 p. Many recipes include the name of the woman who submitted it. A well organized and uncommon cookbook from an American branch of this Jewish-Israeli social services organization.


Cuoco Napoletano : The Neapolitan Recipe Collection (New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS Bühler, 19)

By Criical edition and English translation by Terence Scully, initially with the collaboration of Rudolf Grewe

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto (oversize). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. 256 p. w/ appendices, bibliography. An introduction and presentation of a late 15th century south Italian cookbook, in both late medieval Italian and English, focused on a noble household, with some Catalan influence.


Gastronomice [ Gastronomics ]

By Teodoreanu, Al. O. (Alexandru Osvald). edited by Mihai Stratulat. Afterword by George Muntean. Supervised (edi ie îngrijit ) by Grigore Damirescu and Valentin Borda.

Bucharest, Romania: Editura Pentru Turism, 1973. First edition thus. hardcover. Good/good. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of of boards. Small tear to lower edge of half title page at hinge. Dj has wear at edges, and scuffing to covers. 221 p. w/ additional pages at end for a rough index, table of contents. Attractive section breaks, section decorations, and red caps throughout book. A collection of recipes, some real, some imaginary, from this Romanian humorist and poet. The entries are from his 1950's newspaper column as a food critic, rather than his earlier column from the 1930s and 40s. Uncommon, esp. in the West.


Food in the Social Order : Studies of Food and Festivities in Three American Comunities

By Douglas, Mary editor

New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 1984. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. 292 p. w/ tables, chapter bibliographies, index. 5 scholarly essays and studies that look at at food and celebrationn, in an Oglala (Native American), Southern, and Italian American settings.


Wine & Words in Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages

By Wilson, Hanneke

London: Duckworth, 2003. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corner of boards and dust jacket. Heel of spine bumped. vii, 243 p. w/ endnotes, index of texts, general index. A stidy fo the role wine plays in the literature, history, and religioin of classical and medieval Europe.


The Origins and Ancient History of Wine

By McGovern, Patrick E., Stuart J. Fleming, and Solomon H. Katz

Luxembourg: Gordon and BReach Publishers, 1995. First edition. Hardcover w/glossy pictorial boards. Very good. Quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. Light foxing to edges of textblock. 409 p. w/ illus., notes at end of papers, index, and extensive bibliography. 21 scholarly essays about ancient wine, from a 1991 conference. The Sections are : Ancient Sayings About Wine; Grapes and Wine Hypotheses and Scientific Evidence; History and Archaeology of Wine : the Near East and Egypt; History and Archaeology of Wine : the Mediterranean.


Gumshoe Gourmet : Creative and Unusual Recipes from Mystery Novel Detectives [ on front cover : Favorite Recipes From Mystery Novel Sleuths ]

By Miller, Jacque compiler

Cascade Township, Michigan: Cascade Friends of the Library, Cascade Township, Michigan, 1994. First edition. Plastic Comb Bound. Very good. Squarish octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. 98 (2) p. w/ recipes and notes from mystery authors. An unsual cookbook, the Cascade Friends of the Library contacted numerous mystery authors and asked them for recipes. What they received back was a great variety of recipes, recommendations, and notes on what their characters liked to eat, along with many facsimile signatures of the authors themselves. . Authors reponding include Tony Hillerman, Martha Grimes, Roderick Jefferies, Joan Aiken, M.C. Beaton, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Michael Bond, Lilian Jackson Braun, Tom Clancy, Barbara D'Amato, Susan Dunlap, Loren Estleman, Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, Ed McBain, Peter Lovesey, Sarah Parestsky, Robert Parker, Ellis Peters (who claims she is a total loss where cooking is concerned), Scott Turow, and more. Uncommon.


State Highway Patrol Ohio Signal 38/25 Post 20 Cook Book [ Charity Cookbook ]

Iowa City, IA: General Publishing and Binding, 1974. First edition. Plastic Comb Bound. Good. Squarish octavo (standard size). Wear to edges and corners of covers. Spotting to covers, back cover has more soiling. Corners of covers creased. A bit of soiling to the edges of the text block. 196 p. with recipes from officers, staff, and wives (NOT the general recipes from the publisher), illusrated cover and illustrated divider pages. The publisher, General Publishing, was a specialist in these kind of local charity cookbooks and started by two women for that purpose. An uncommon charity cookbook for police, specifically highway patrolmen of Ohio.



By der Haroutunian, Arto

London: Century Publishing, 1984. First UK edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Octavo ( slightly oversize). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dj. Address label of former owner partially removed from flyleaf. 224 p. w/ index, bibliography, and many recipes. An important and still considered seminal work on sweets and desserts from the Mideast, here in its original edition. A good addition for cookbook and culinary history collectors.


Raku : a Book of Japanese Food

By Jylha, Kimmo, Pasi Kokko, Magnus Weckström

Helsinki, Finland: Otava Publishing Company Limited, 2004. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Tall Quarto (oversized). GOURMET's winner of best Asian cookbook in Finland, 2004. SIGNED and briefly inscribed by the author on pastedown. Slight wear to edges and corners of dj and boards. 140 p. w/many color illustrations, glossary of Japanese food terms. The author studied Japanese cuisine has owned a number of Japanese restaurants in Helsinki. A lovely and uncommon culinary work on Japanese food culture and production, focusing on the concept of RAKU, or well-being.


Henriete Löffler's Großes Illustrirtes Kochbuch für Einfachen Tisch und die Feine Küche ; Umgearbeitet und Vermehrt mit Vielen Recepten nach Eigener Erfahrung von Theodor Bechtel. 10 Auflage. [ Henriette Löffler's Great Illustrated Cookbook for Simple Table and Fine Kitchen. Reworked, and increased with many recipes after his own experience by Theodore Bechtel. 10th edition. ]

By Löffler, Henriette and Bechtel, Theodor

Ulm: J. Ebner, ca. 1878. 10th edition. Hardcover. Good. Thick octavo (regular size) in illustrated blue cloth binding. Corners and spine ends bumped, with cloth worn thru a bit at corners and heel of spine. Covers and spine scuffed, more so at back board, which has a number of whitish spots. Page edges lightly soiled, and pages a bit brown, but still supple. A few pages have small tears at edge. Small nick on half-title page, and a few pages have foxing. Cover and spine illustrations in black and gilt, with cover showing a young woman reading a book and spine having cooking equipment and game. Endpapers have a lovely floral pattern are are cloth-like in their texture. 724 p. w/many small b&w line illustrations, a yearly menu chapter, and index. A lovely, classic 19th century German cookbook in perhaps its best edition.