The Expanded Second Edition of the First Mexican Cookbook Attributed to a Woman
COOKERY. CARILLO, Antonia. Nuevo y Sencillo Arte de Cocina, Reposterria y Refrescos, Dispuesto Por una Mexicana, y Experimentado Por Personas Inteligentes Antes de Darse a la Prensa. Segunda Edicion Aumentada y Corregida por su Autora. Mexico: Imprenta de Vicente Garcia Torres , 1842.
The second and expanded edition of the first Mexican cookbook attributed to a woman. In this 1842 edition along with the first edition of 1836, it was surmised that the autor was a woman based on the usage of the feminine on the title page states "Por una Mexicana," however it was not until the third edition of 1866 where the authorship was attributed to Antonia Carillo. Two books in one small octavo (5 15/16 x 3 7/8 inches; 150 x 100 mm). [2], [2, publisher's ads], 488, [20, index and errata] pp. Book one and book two with separate title-pages, but both books with continuous pagination. We could only find one other copy of this edition at auction in the past 50 years.

Contemporary full tree calf. Spine lettered and stamped in gilt. Spine and boards with rubbing and corners bumped. Lacking front free endpaper. Some minor soiling and damstaining occasionally, but generally quite clean for a cookbook. A few pages with small dogeared creases. Overall a very good copy.

Referencing the first edition "A very important cookbook cited in “Que Vivan Los Tamales.” A few years after El Cocinero Mexicano, 1831, appeared, the Nuevo y sencillo arte de cocina (New and Simple Art of Cooking) advertised recipes specifically “accommodated to the Mexican palate.” These recipes are definitely Mexican and to some extent Spanish. The influence of French and Continental cuisine so common in late 19th Century cook books is not yet apparent. It was not noted, however that the author was a female and this only becomes evident when we see that the 3rd edition published in 1865 gives Antonia Carillo as the author. This book is a rare example illustrating early “new world” food and wine types written by a female author during an era when female authors are not common." (UC Davis Library 2008: UC Davis Centennial Book, Kristoffer Landes).

HBS # 68193 $1,500