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[Cookery] A French Lady
Cookery for English Households
London: Macmillan, 1864. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding with gilt to spine and boards. Corners gently bumped; small split to cloth at top of rear joint. Blue coated endpapers. Hinges strengthened. Internally a tight, clean, copy without the typical spatter or signs of use associated with kitchen texts. Collates viii, 306, [6, adverts]: complete, including the two front plates. A scarce example of a cookery text designed for an emerging class of elegant middle class women, the present is listed at only 5 institutions on OCLC, none of these in the U.S. It is currently the only copy on the market. "After reading several books on French Cookery, it struck me that none of them were appropriate to the class which most wanted them -- I mean the class rich enough to have good dinners, and still which cannot afford to keep a chef...My intention is to write for ladies who wish either to be able to point out to their cooks the defects they find in their ways of cooking or for ladies who would undertake occasionally to prepare some dishes requiring either more care or more intelligence than a common cook could give." In opening her cookery thus, the anonymous French Lady points to an emerging and expanding class of women in England -- a middle class, with enough education and taste to want access to the kind of Continental dishes served at the tables of their "social betters." The author gestures to her cookery as a guide both for achieving culinary success (the creation of complex and pleasing dishes) as well as effective household management (establishing and maint … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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