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If you are looking for a copy of a long-lost family cookbook from your childhood, you should definitely take a look through the pages of the rare and collectible cook books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. There is a large selection from which to choose, and many of the rare and antique books featured below are hard to find first editions of favorite and traditional cook books.

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The Way To Cook ; Julia Child On Videotape (poster)

The Way To Cook ; Julia Child On Videotape (poster)

by Child, Julia

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New York: Knopf, 1985. Fine. Full color promotional poster measuring 21 x 30 inches (53.3 x 76.2 cm.) depicting Her Highness in the Kitchen promoting her six hour video course on cooking. Boldly signed by the author with her trademark "Bon Appetite." A unique piece in perfect condition. Image available on request.
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[One page autograph letter signed.]

[One page autograph letter signed.]

by [Manuscript - ALS]; Rombauer, Irma

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St Louis. MO, 1940. One page autographed letter signed, from Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking, and a major figure in the history of American cooking. Addressed to Louise [Diallo],The last name was supplied by the seller and is not indicated on the letter itself. In black ink on cream colored stationery printed in brown, "Mrs. Edgar Rombauer - 5712 Cabanne Avenue - St. Louis - Mo. The letter contains regrets for not staying longer at an event and, most interesting, a full recipe. The recipe, for "Bran Biscuit," appears in very close form in the 1936 edition of the Joy of Cooking and in later editions, and contains both the ingredients list and the step-by-step instructions. With one fold, otherwise fine. Rombauer manuscript material is very rare, and we have not been able to locate another record of it entering the marketplace.
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Een Vruchtenmandje. [A Fruit Basket]
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Een Vruchtenmandje. [A Fruit Basket]

by Bodenheim, Nelly (illustrator). Verses by Lizzy Ansingh

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Amsterdam: De Spieghel, 1927. Portfolio (29 x 21cm), [48] pages, with twenty one hand-colored plates, all on a sturdy, thick card stock . FIRST EDITION, limited & signed, Roman numeral III of seven copies in portfolio form, signed by Bodenheim. There was also a state with 100 copies, in book form, bound in a Japanese style and printed on Japon Van Gelder. Rhymes by Lizzy Ansingh, with drawings by Nelly Bodenheim of anthropomorphic fruits, nuts and vegetables, including lemons, grapes, pears, radishes, red pepper, almonds, blackberries, apricots, cherries and leeks. The vignette on the folio and many of the plates appear not printed at all but rather were entirely done by hand. The illustrations are rich in color and originality, with a naive style and an accessible, wry humor. Bodenheim was a popular book illustrator in the Netherlands in the early twentieth century and she and Ansingh teamed up on numerous projects. Plates well preserved and clean. The folio ledger has light soiling on its boards… Read More
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Serve It Forth [signed First edition]

Serve It Forth [signed First edition]

by Fisher, M. F. K. [Mary Frances Kennedy]

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First Edition, First Printing
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Pasadena, California
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937. First Edition, First Printing . Peach Cloth, Gilt. Very Good +/ Near Fine Book/Very Good DJ. 253 Pp. First Book On Food By M F K Fisher. Book Is Bright And Clean, All Gilt Brilliant, Rubbing At Top And Bottom Of Spine, No Fraying, No Names Or Marks, Signed On The Half-Title By Fisher In Her Very Early, Small Hand. Rear Hinge Was Cracked, Now Professionally Repaired. Dj Complete, Not Price-Clipped [$2.50], No Chipping But Minute Losses At Corners, 1/2" Closed Tear At Top Of Front Spine Edge, 1/4" Closed Tear Top Rear Panel, 1/8" Closed Tear At Center Of Rear Flap Fold, Spine Sunned With Slight Tanning Of White Areas And Pink Background At Top And Bottom Of Spine Is Somewhat Faded, Some Slight Oval Pressure Indentations At Center Of Spine, No Damp Spotting, Slight Dustiness/Soiling To White Areas. It Is Said Of Fisher That If She Had Written About Anything Other Than Food, She Would Have Been One Of The Greatest Writers Of Her Time.
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NEW AMERICAN COOKERY, OR FEMALE COMPANION. CONTAINING FULL AND AMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR ROASTING,...

NEW AMERICAN COOKERY, OR FEMALE COMPANION. CONTAINING FULL AND AMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR ROASTING, BROILING, STEWING, HASHING, BOILING, PRESERVING, PICKLING, POTTING, FRICASEES, SOUPS, PUFF-PASTES, PUDDINGS, CUSTARDS, PIES, TARTS, & C. ALSO, THE MAKING OF WINES AND CHEESE. PECULIARLY ADAPTED TO THE AMERICAN MODE OF COOKING

by [COOKERY]

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Used - Lacking the endpapers; small chip at the top of the spine. A clean, attractive, unsophisticated copy in original binding of a sc
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First Edition
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New York: D. D. Smith, 1805. First Edition. Hardcover. Lacking the endpapers; small chip at the top of the spine. A clean, attractive, unsophisticated copy in original binding of a scarce and important book. Twentyfourmo (3-3/8" x 5-3/8") bound in original full sheep leather with gilt rules on the spine; 180 pages. The second American cookbook, preceded by Amelia Simmons's much better known AMERICAN COOKERY, printed four times before the publication of this volume, which is much scarcer than the Simmons. It is also distinguished as the first American cookbook published in New York. In addition to the recipes for broiling, hashing, preserving, pickling, fricasees, soups, puddings, pies, etc., there are 20 pages devoted to the making of wine, quite early for an American book. Bitting page 581: "There are some unusual recipes, one for spinach, a forerunner for the spinach of today, cooking with no added water, garnished with poached eggs, and unusual for that period; oranges cut in quarters."… Read More
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Autograph Letter Signed (Julia Child), to Mrs. Fairbanks
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Autograph Letter Signed ("Julia Child"), to Mrs. Fairbanks

by Child, Julia

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Paris, 1953. One and one half page pen and ink letter (26.5 x 21.5 cm.) on single sheet of pale blue Paul Cushing Child stationery, with ink date stamp ("May 18 1953"), addressed, "USIS. 5 Place de Rome, Marseille (B du Rh)". ~ An early letter from Julia Child, written while she was living in Paris with her husband Paul and working on her first book, the seminal Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Child writes to a Mrs. Fairbanks: "What a nice hour we spent with you the other afternoon. I only wish it could be repeated, as I would love to hear more about Thomas Wolfe and all you know about him. It would also be fascinating for me to hear much much more about your culinary experiences. Mrs. de Santillana [Child's editor] says you are the best cooks she knows, and I can well believe it from the interest you take. It is indeed a fascinating subject and a beau métier. Had a nice talk about friture de cheval pour les frites [possibly french fries cooked in horse fat] with your chauffeur on the way home… Read More
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Espargne-Bois C'Est a Dire, Nouvelle Et Parci-Devant Non Commune, ni mise en lumiere, invention...
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Espargne-Bois C'Est a Dire, Nouvelle Et Parci-Devant Non Commune, ni mise en lumiere, invention de certains et divers fourneaux artificiels. par François Keslar ... Maintenant publiee en françois pour le bien ... de tous ceux qui usent de ceste langue

by [Stoves]; Keslar, Francois [Franz Kessler]

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Alfred, Maine
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Oppenheim: Par Iean Theodore dé Bry marchant libraire & bourgeois d'Oppenheim qui est sur le Rhin, 1619. Small quarto (19.5 x 14 cm.), [7], 8-72 pages, five plates engraved on copper, one folding. ~ FIRST FRENCH LANGUAGE EDITION and FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. The first book on individual heating using stoves. A rare work on improvements in fireplaces and stoves, featuring five plates of ornate examples. It was published by the copper engraver and publisher Jean Theodore de Bry (1561-1623), born in Strasbourg, who settled in Oppenheim in 1609. The text was published by the same publisher the previous year in German as part of a larger work by the author and titled Holzsparkunst. Franz Keslar or Kessler (circa 1580 - circa 1630) a painter from Frankfurt, describes several models of heating previously unrecorded in France. Keslar's innovation was a response to the dwindling supply of wood for heating and cooking throughout the Continent, promoting a transition from the use of hearths to the more efficient… Read More
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Domestic Japan. ; Illustrated descriptions of articles used in Japanese daily life. First volume...
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Domestic Japan. ; Illustrated descriptions of articles used in Japanese daily life. First volume - Kitchen Utensils. [All published]

by NARUMO, Kinjiro

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First Edition
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Sydney, New South Wales
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Japan: Yokohama Seishi Bunsha, 1895. First Edition. Rare English-language guide to Japanese domestic wares, with 76 fully-illustrated items. Its publication came at a time when Japan was experiencing a dramatic shift from the conservative, isolationist policies of the sh gun-dominated Edo period to the rapid and widespread drive to modernise and engage with the rest of the world that characterizes the Meiji Restoration. This booklet focuses on a traditional domestic interior and features a beautiful double-page plate showing the layout and arrangement of a Japanese period home, showing respective zones for food preparation, cooking and the entertainment of guests. Items specifically illustrated and described include lacquer wares, a charcoal-burning stove, lanterns, wooden buckets and items used in the tea ceremony. A beautiful copy of a scarce work published for the English market. Bibliography: Not in Cordier or Nipponalia.; Rogala Jozef 'A Collector's Guide to Books on Japan in English', 783.… Read More
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The Good Houswife [Huswife, Hous-Wife, Housewife] Made a Doctor, or, Health's choice and sure...
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London: Printed and sold by Andrew Sowle, in the Holloway-Lane, near Shoreditch, 1685. Octavo (14.5 x 9.5cm.), [12], 96, 91-232, [6] pages; collation: A6, B-Q8, R2 (I3 signed I2). Sheet A/R should have had R1 and R2 as A7 and A8. It was wrongly imposed so that A5r and A6v were perfected by pages of R and vice versa. The error was corrected by pasting leaves from half another copy of the sheet over the erroneous pages. Sheet I was similarly mis-imposed, but instead of using parts of a complete sheet, a half-forme was printed on one side only and pasted over I5v, 6r, 7v, 8r. Text and register are continuous despite pagination error. AAS records indicates their copy has pagination and collation the same as this one. ESTC cites this pagination and offers a variant (2d issue?) with pagination: [12], 97, 92-232, [6] pages (i.e. H1r is numbered 97 and H1v is numbered 92). Table of contents. Publisher's advertisement [6 pages] at rear, for two other titles by Tryon. Caption title (page 1) Every good… Read More
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The Joy of Cooking. A compilation of reliable recipes with a casual culinary chat
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The Joy of Cooking. A compilation of reliable recipes with a casual culinary chat

by Rombauer, Irma S.

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St. Louis, MO: [the author]; A.C. Clayton Printing Co, 1931. Octavo (20.5 x 14 cm.), [32], 395 pages. Illustrated with chapter silhouettes and with a dust jacket design by Marion Rombauer. FIRST EDITION, privately published by the author in an edition of 3000 copies, and illustrated by the author's daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker, who also designed the dust jacket depicting St. Martha of Bethany, the patron saint of cooking, who took up a mop to fend off the dragon Tarasque. Irma von Starkloff Rombauer, the daughter of Max von Starkloff, an affluent St. Louis doctor, studied art at Washington University, and enjoyed a brief romance with the writer Booth Tarkington before marrying Edgar Rombauer, a lawyer, in 1899. As she wrote in her introduction to The Joy of Cooking, "Will it encourage you to know that I was once as ignorant, helpless and awkward a bride as was ever foisted on an impecunious young lawyer? Together we placed many a burnt offering upon the altar of matrimony." After her husband… Read More
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Correspondence from Julia Child to Beverly Jackson, with photographs and other materials
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Correspondence from Julia Child to Beverly Jackson, with photographs and other materials

by Child, Julia; Beverly Jackson

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[Santa Barbara; Cambridge, 2003. A convolute of correspondence, photographs, and other materials documenting the relationship between American icon Julia Child, and Beverly Jackson, reporter, novelist, collector, and a legend of the social circles of Santa Barbara. The two were long-time friends, and neighbors in Santa Barbara's Montecito. ~ Contents: Fifteen original notecards or postcards, typed or handwritten, signed by Julia Child; one TLS; one fax, and one TLS in photocopy. Some on Child's Montecito Shores, Santa Barbara stationery, some on notecards of Julia Child Productions (SB), and some on notecards from the Irving Street, Cambridge home. Most of the correspondence is short, polite "thank yous" and quick inquiries, for visits, meals shared, etc. ~ Eight original photographs (various sizes & dates), including black and white press print by Alan Berliner (of Julia with Robert Mondavi and Robert Balzer); Julia with Reginald Faletti (1978) by Jackson; color snapshots of Julia in her kitchen,… Read More
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[The first Italian food and wine guide] Commentario de le più notabili et mostruose cose...

[The first Italian food and wine guide] Commentario de le più notabili et mostruose cose d’Italia et altri luoghi, di lingua Aramea in Italiana tradotto. Con un breve catalogo de gli inventori de le cose che si mangiano et beveno, novamente ritrovato

by [Lando Ortensio (Milano, ca. 1512-Venezia, 1553)]

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Due parti in un volume in-8°, cc. 71, [1]. Bell'esemplare, con legatura coeva in pergamena. L'opera del Lando è legata con Symeoni, Comentario alla Tetrarchia di Vinegia, 1548.
Provenienza: al frontespizio, antiche annotazioni manoscritte e nota di possesso; Collezione Maria Paola Moroni Salvatori.
Rarissima terza edizione (la princeps, priva di dati tipografici: Venezia 1548). Paleari Hensselr, 414. B.IN.G., 1080.
Il Commentario del Lando - tra i più geniali poligrafi rinascimentali, traduttore in italiano dell'Utopia di Tommaso Moro (1548) - è inoltre assai celebre in quanto alcune sue pagine "illustrano un ideale itinerario gastronomico per le città d'Italia, con riferimento a cibi e vini di cui l'autore mostra di aver acquisito conoscenze di prima mano" (L'arte della cucina in Italia, a cura di E. Faccioli, Torino 1992, p. 275).
"Questo testo costituisce un catalogo etnico-socio-gastronomico estremamente eterogeneo, inserito in un itinerario quasi iniziatico che si snoda attraverso la… Read More
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Nouveau traité de la cuisine, Avec de nouveaux desseins de tables et vingt-quatre menus ; Où...
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A Paris, chez Paulus-Du-Mesnil, 1739.
2 volumes 12mo [165 x 95 mm] of : I/ (1) bl.l., viii pp., (2) ll., 456 pp., (12) ll., 8 folding plates; II/ (18) ll., 386 pp., (1) bl.l. Bound in full marbled calf, spines ribbed and gilt, red edges. Some waterstaining in the margins of a few ll. in the second volume not touching the text. Contemporary binding.
Very scarce first edition of the first treatise on gastronomy by Menon.
Vicaire, 588.
This treatise was published anonymously, but the name of the author, Menon, appears in the privilege placed at the end of the first part: on August 26th 1738, Menon gave up this privilege to the widow of Prudhomme who would give it up to Michel-Etienne David and Pauls du Mesnil.
The 8 folding plates placed in the first part represent tables set for 24, 16, 50, 30, 14, 18, 20, and 80 place settings.
" No culinary author obtained more re-issues of his works. His works are indisputably those we consult the most". (Michaud)
We know nothing about the life of Menon.
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[The Festival of Gnocchi] Cenni intorno all'origine e descrizione della Festa che annualmente si...
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[The Festival of Gnocchi] Cenni intorno all'origine e descrizione della Festa che annualmente si celebra in Verona l'ultimo venerdì del Carnovale, comunemente denominata Gnoccolare; [alle pagine 17-26]: Relazione di Alessandro Carli alla Municipale Amministrazione di Verona

by [Torri Alessandro (1780-1861 editor)]

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8° (mm 170x108); pp. 114, 2 tavole calcografiche fuori testo ripiegate. Al frontespizio, marca tipografica (freccia con serpente. Motto: "Maturandum"). Le incisioni recano la sottoscrizione: "Ronzoni dis., A. Guelmi incise". Carta decorata antica. Bell'esemplare.Editio princeps.The 'Friday Gnoccolaro' (or 'Friday gnoccolàr', 'Friday of Gnocchi' or 'Gnoccolare') is an ancient popular festival born in Verona in the sixteenth century and handed down to the present day.The festival originates from popular uprising against the bakers, which took place in Verona in 1531 following a terrible famine, caused by a sudden flood of the Adige and aggravated by the sack of German troops who crossed the Verona area, after the Peace of Cambrai.To appease the population in revolt, some virtuous citizens were elected, including the doctor Tommaso da Vico, to feed the people with the proceeds from duties on chestnuts and olives. This episode took the name of 'gnoccolare' and took place on the last Friday of Carnival,… Read More
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THE QUEENS CLOSET OPENED.  Incomparable secrets in physick, chirurgery, preserving, candying, and...
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THE QUEENS CLOSET OPENED. Incomparable secrets in physick, chirurgery, preserving, candying, and cookery as they were presented to the Queen.

by W. M. (Sometimes attributed to William Montague).:

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[London], Printed for Nathaniel Brook at the Angel in Cornhill, 1655.. TITLE CONTINUED: By the most experienced persons of our times, many whereof they were honoured with her own practice, when she pleased to descend to these more private recreations. Never before published. Transcribed from the true copies of her Majesties own receipt books, by W. M. one of her late servants. FIRST EDITION IN 3 PARTS, ALL 3 TITLE PAGES DATED 1655: THE QUEENS CABINET OPENED, THE PEARL of PRACTISE, A QUEENS DELIGHT and THE COMPLEAT COOK. Small book, 12mo, approximately 145 x 80 mm, 5¾ x 3 inches, engraved frontispiece portrait of Henrietta Maria signed W Faithorne and laid down on paper, pages: The Queens Cabinet Opened and Queens Delight, [12] including frontispiece, 1-192, [2] title page to Queens Delight, 195-296 followed by [4] - blank pages, [22] - index followed by advert leaf; misnumbering to a few pages of Queens Delight affecting first number of 8 pages, nothing missing; THE COMPLEAT COOK, title page, 3-123,… Read More
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