Lot 290 of 373:
One of the First Creole Cookbooks, 1885  

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The Creole Cookery Book

Christian Woman's Exchange of New Orleans, LA

New Orleans

T.H. Thomason



xxv, [1], 223 pp. Frontis. image of a black mammy holding a cooking spoon; illustrated ads in rear for local businesses. Modern three-quarter crushed black morocco & blue cloth lettered in silver, gilt-lettered spine. Original disbound covers present, loose. First Edition.

According to David Shields in his book, Southern Provisions, "Two cookbooks stand as founding scriptures for the Creole tradition: the New Orleans Christian Woman's Exchange's Creole Cookery Book and Lafcadio Hearn's La Cuisine Creole - both issued from the press in 1885 in response to the World Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition held in New Orleans (1884-85). The Christian Woman's Exchange, a benevolent association of genttel women who collected funds to assist the female poor of the city and maintained a lunchroom, compiled their collection as a money-raising project, deriving material from 'housekeepers experienced in the science of cookery as practiced throughout the South, and more particularly as it is understood and applied by the Creoles of Louisiana.'" WorldCat lists just 3 copies in libraries. 

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One lined page bound-in to rear before ads (as issued?) with period manuscript recipes for cheese omelette on recto & "delicious crullers" on verso. Expert repairs to paper margins of frontis. and pp. i-vi, else very good. Original covers are fair with tape markings to extremities, rubbing, etc. Extremely scarce.

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