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AUCTION 20

95. [MEXICAN COOKBOOK]. La Cocinera Poblana Ó La Señora De Casa Novísimo Manual Práctico De Cocina Mexicana, Poblana Y Tapatía Con Un Manual De Nevería, Pastelería Y Repostería Francesas. Obra Expresamente Escrita Para Las Señoras Mexicanas, Por Anita M. Vda. de Medellin. Puebla: Imprenta y Librería de A. Méndez, 1899 [bound as issued with] Pasteleria Y Reposteria Franceses. New York Imp. Poliglota—Broadway, Number 120, n.d. 207 [1 blank] pp. + 51, v pp. 12mo, original black lettered orange paper covers, edges tinted green. Cover slightly rubbed, front hinge starting, some worming throughout in lower gutter affecting several pages of text with loss of a few letters, paper uniformly age toned with a few minor, scattered stains. Contemporary ink signature on front flyleaf of R. Enriquez.

     Not in Bitting, Brown, Cagle, Lowenstein, Palau, Simon, or Vicaire. According to the preface, which seems intended for both works, the author has discovered that many recipes are unreliable and unsuited to Mexican tastes and needs. She here seeks to address those issues by creating a simpler cookbook containing recipes appropriate to the country and its foodways. The recipes are normally quite brief with minimal instructions and seem to assume at least a modicum of expertise and experience on the part of the user. The second work, international in nature, is indicative of the continuing wide influence of nineteenth-century French dessert and pastry cookery. Many of the recipes in it are far more detailed than those in the first work. ($150-300)

Sold. Hammer: $550.00; Price Realized: $646.25

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