Lot 64 of 373:
Earliest Known Chinese-American Cookbook   

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$360
Estimate:
$600 - $900

Title:
Chinese cook book in Plain English. Recipes for Chop Suey, Eggs Fo Young, War Mein, Yet Ca Mein, Chow Mein, Birds Nest Soup, etc.
Author:
[Galster, Vernon]
Place:
Joliet, IL
Publisher:
The author/Joy Sing Lo Co.
Date:
[1907]
Description:

16 pp. 6¼x5", pictorial stapled tan wrappers printed in red, green & black. First Edition.

Vernon Galster was the proprietor of the Joy Sing Lo Co., of Joliet Illinois, that offered a variety of Chinese ingredients for mail order. Included are 24 recipes for Chinese dishes, mostly variations of Chop Suey, Yet Ca Mein, and War Mein. Included in this booklet is a printed order form for preselected orders for the company’s products. In explaining the impetus for publishing this book, Galster writes in the "preamble," "Being aware of the fascination American people have for Chop Suey, we published a Recipe for making. We advertised the Recipe free with a bill of goods, and the result was large orders for quantities of Chinese Flavoring Sauces, etc. Many requests came to us asking for Recipes for Egg Fo Young, War Mein, etc., these presumably from persons who did not care for Chop Suey...."

 
Lot Amendments
Condition:
Crease along center (top to bottom) of wrappers and throughout; tape repair to long tear on pages 1 and 6, a few internal spots, else good. Clean, bright cover.
 
Item number:
297200
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