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October 26, 2007

Puro Mexicano

165. [MEXICAN COOKBOOK]. El Cocinero y Cocinera Mexicanos, con Reposteria y Refrescos, Esperimentado por Personas Inteligentes [vol. 1 adds] antes de Darse a la Prensa. Mexico: Impreso por Antonio Diaz, Calle del Fuente de San Dimas <Vulgo Venero> Numero 5 [vol. 1]; Impreso por Luis Heredia, calle de Don Toribo num. 10 [vol. 2] 1851. [4], 155, [155]-211 + 8 + 48, 16 pp. pp. 8vo, original half sheep over green mottled boards, spine gilt-lettered. Spine worn at extremities, boards heavily rubbed, hinges starting, one signature slightly sprung, title page wanting upper blank corner, portions of text lightly browned and water stained, small wormhole in first few leaves touching some letters, a few leaves slightly frayed. Contemporary ink signature on front pastedown. Overall, a good copy.

            First edition. Pilcher, “¡Vivan Tamales! The Creation of a Mexican National Cuisine,” p. 258. Not in Bitting, Cagle, A Matter of Taste (2d edition), Palau, Vicaire, etc. The anonymous author states that this book is intended to be a simple, straightforward guide and that it therefore does not include such trappings as engraved plates or directions for setting tables since those matters fall outside the proper scope of the text and would overly complicate it. The author further remarks that this book is intended to satisfy Mexican palates and foodways without recourse to outside influences, such as those from European cooking. Divided into thirteen chapters, the book covers many dishes mostly made with readily available Mexican ingredients, and includes recipes for fowl, beef, bread, soups, salads, chiles, and preserves. Embedded in the text are small digressions, such as the one entitled “Secretos pertenecientes al arte del pastelero” (Vol. I, pp. 206-207). A small eight-page section included between the two volumes but issued with them is entitled “Regalo las Señoritas,” and gives advice about growing and decorating with flowers. An interesting example of a thoroughly Mexican cookbook. ($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $470.00

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