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Nanking Cookbook 1924  

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The Nanking Cook Book: An Enlargement and Revision of the American Red Cross Book of Recipes for the use of Chinese Foodstuffs

Woman's Auxiliary of the University of Nanking


Presbyterian Mission Press



[3], 165, v, [4] ad pp. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition Thus. 

One of the earliest Chinese community fundraising cookbooks, this was originally published under another title in 1918. The rare 1924 revision advises that it includes an added chapter on candy and a greatly enlarged Chinese recipe chapter. This edition has recipes by non-Chinese intermingled with those by Chinese contributors, and a bilingual glossary at rear for foodstuffs and preparation methods. According to Jacqueleine Newman, in her blog Flavor & Fortune, "In this edition is a recipe for Chinese Date Pudding by a Mrs. Kensington sharing a page with an English style Plum Pudding by Mrs. Boone; Glutinous Rice Pudding by Mrs. Johannaber facing a page with Butter Scotch Pie by Mrs. Goddard. In the end-chapter of thirty-two recipes 'kindly donated by Chinese Ladies in Nanking,' there are many recipes by Mrs. Kuo including one for Shrimp and Deo Fu (tofu) and another for Kidney Flowers. There is also a Chicken Congee by Dr. Tsao, Shrimps and Bamboo Shoots by Mrs. Ho, Chow Mein and several other recipes with no contributor listed, a Chop Suey recipe by Mrs. Reisner, and Pork Boiled with Chinese Sauce by a Mrs. Lee." 

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