The COOK’S ORACLE

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Kitchiner, William M.D.┬áContaining RECEIPTS FOR PLAIN COOKERY on the Most Economical Plan For Private Families. New York: Evert Duyckinck, George Long, E. Bliss & E. White., 1825. First American Edition. [2] [v-xii] 371 pages. 19 x 11 cm. (Title conclusion) Also The Art of Composing the Most Simple and Most Highly Finished Broths, Gravies, Soups, Sauces, Store Sauces, and Flavoring Essences: Pastry, Preserves, Puddings, &c. and An Easy, Certain, and Economical Process for preparing PICKLES, By which they will be ready in a Fortnight, and remain good for Years. The Quantity of each Article is ACCURATELY STATED BY WEIGHT AND MEASURE; The whole being the result of ACTUAL EXPERIMENTS Instituted in the Kitchen of a Physician. The whole work has again been carefully revised, by the author of “THE ART OF INVIGORATING LIFE BY FOOD,” &c. “Miscuit utile dulci.” The author, William Kitchiner M.D. (1775-1827), was a wealthy physician of London who did not practice his profession but was a food, science, and music enthusiast. An early devotee of mastication (Masticate, denticate, chump, grind, and swallow), Kitchiner purportedly did most of his own cooking and cleaning. First published in 1817, this extensive guide for the domestic cook took the UK and US by storm, making Kitchiner a household name and an inspiration for many later cookbook authors, including Mrs. Beeton who lifted a number of her recipes directly from his book. Owner’s inscription on title page. Rebound, with one page of index missing. Usual foxing throughout. Faux quarter bound, gray boards with white spine. Good. Hardcover.