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94. [MEXICAN COOKBOOK]. La Cocinera poblana y el libro de las familias novísimo manual práctico de cocina española, francesa, inglesa y mexicana higiene y economía doméstica contiene mas de dos mil formulas de ejecución sencilla y fácil tratados especiales de pastelería, confitería y repostería diversas recetas de tocador y medicina doméstica para conservar la salud y prolongar la vida. Tercera edición, corregida y aumentada. Mexico: Tip. de J. F. Jens. San José de Real, núm. 22, 1887-1888. Vol. I: 435 [1 blank]; Vol. II: 331 [1 blank] pp. 2 vols. in one, 12mo, contemporary half brown leather over black and blue mottled boards, spine gilt-lettered. Spine and boards lightly scuffed, lower board cracked, hinges starting but holding, small worm holes in upper blank margin just touching a few letters near end. A few leaves in each volume are bound out of order, but the text is complete.

     Third edition of a cookbook that apparently went through many editions (see Palau 55878). Not in Bitting, Brown, Cagle, Lowenstein, Simon, or Vicaire. This work concentrates heavily on recipes, formulas, and methods that would be available and easy to use for a domestic Mexican household of ordinary means. Reflecting the nineteenth-century linking of medicine and gastronomy, numerous items concern alimentation as it affects health, disease prevention, and treatment. One chapter, for example, is devoted entirely to preserving fresh foods for later use (I, pp. 360-373). Another chapter, “Higiene Domestica: Enfermedades mas comunes,” covers illnesses and their treatments (II, pp. 252-296). More than a mere cookbook, this manual also ventures into the area of manners and domestic economy. For example, a section entitled “Urbanidad de la mesa,” counsels “Cuando se anuncia la comida está servida, no debe uno precipitarse hácia el comedor” (I, p. 374), stating rather that a gentleman should slowly escort a lady toward the dining room.

     With its emphasis on native ingredients and techniques, this work is a classic Mexican recipe book intended for the average Mexican cook. ($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $350.00; Price Realized: $411.25

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