A Purely Mexican Cookbook

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438. [MEXICAN COOKBOOK]. [Vol. 1 title page] El Cocinero y Cocinera Mexicanos, con Reposteria y Refrescos, Esperimentado por Personas Inteligentes antes de darse a La Prensa. Mexico: Impreso por Antonio Diaz, Calle del Fuente de San Dimas <Vulgo Venero> Numero 5, 1851. [Vol. 2 title page] El Cocinero y Cocinera Mejicanos. Con Reposteria y Refrescos, Esperimentado Por Personas Inteligentes. Mexico: Impreso por Luis Heredia, calle de Don Toribo num. 10. [Vol. 1]: [4], [1] 2-211, [1] 2-8 (Regalo a Señoritas) pp.; [Vol. 2]: [1-3] 4-48, [1-2] 3-16 pp. 2 vols. in one, 8vo (15.5 x 10.6 cm), original half sheep over new red and gold paper-covered boards, spine gilt-lettered and decorated. Spine worn with loss of most gilt, new pastedowns and flyleaves, light edge wear, portions of text lightly browned and stained, one index leaf torn with loss of a few letters. Ink signature of Teresa Solórzano on title page verso. 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 (2nd 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 food ways without recourse to outside influences, such as those from European cooking. Divided into thirteen chapters, the book covers many dishes made with readily available Mexican ingredients, and includes recipes for fowl, beef, bread, soups, salads, chilis, and preserves. Embedded in the text are small digressions, such as the one entitled “Secretos pertenecientes al arte del pastelero” (pp. 206-207). A small eight-page section entitled “Regalo a las Señoritas” gives advice about growing and decorating with flowers. An interesting example of a thoroughly Mexican cookbook.


Sold. Hammer: $1,300.00; Price Realized: $1,592.50.

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