The People's Cook Book

The People's Cook Book

575.00

The People's Cook Book - Taylor, Jennie (author). New York: The Grand Union Tea Co., 1882. First Edition. A curious and fascinating combination of a published cookbook and manuscript. Cookbooks, at this time, were treated as a repository for every recipe and remedy that came the way of the owner. This book holds Mrs. G. C. Morgan's favorite recipes scribbled on the back of various laid-in items, including an account ledger and a West Philadelphia Title & Trust Co. bank slip. The Morgan family history is well documented in Early Friends Families of Upper Bucks - by Clarence V. Roberts & Warren S. Ely, 1925. In it, Mrs. George C. Morgan is described as having been born Inez M. Brooke. In 1880, she married George C. Morgan, a descendant of 17th-century Welshman, Morgan Morgan. With George, Inez had nine children, seven surviving through adulthood. George apprenticed with his father-in-law, John J. Brooke, a miller, before leaving that industry in order to establish the Morgan Brick Company in Norristown PA. George was also a staunch Prohibitionist and Managing Editor of The Montgomery County Prohibitionist. One of the items laid into the cookbook, a One Cent postal card, dated 8/29/90- Quakerstown Pa. - gives us a glimpse into the close-knit community of which Inez was a part. On the same postcard, written in impeccable script, is a recipe for Piccalilly in the handwriting of George's sister Hannah M. Penrose. Hannah married Stephen F. Penrose, also listed in Early Friends. Stephen Penrose went to Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and established a drug store in Quakerstown, the town from which according to the postmark, the card was sent. Also laid in, a 36-page handwritten recipes book with some additional recipes pinned in. Orig. embossed red boards. Good, housed in custom made clamshell box

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