Rare Mexican Cookbook, Complete with Six Engraved Plates
COOKERY. ANONYMOUS. Tesoro de la Cocina: Diccionario de las Familias. , La Cocina puesta al alcance de todas las inteligentes y fortunas. Obra novisima que contiene todo lo concerniente á la cocina Española, Francesa, Alemana, Flamenca, Polaca, Rusa, Provensala, Languedociana, Italiana y Gótica; método de servir y trinchar en la mesa: un calendario gastronómico: un tratado estenso de pastelería, método fácil para hacer helados, confitados, lo mas selecto del arte de bizcochero, &c., &c., tomado todo de los mejores autores Mexicanos y estranjeros. Imprenta de Juan Nepomuceno del Valle
First edition. Quarto (8 9/16 x 5 ? inches; 218 x 148 mm). [1]-504, 32 pp. With six engraved plates. Text in Spanish. This is a cookbook with the recipes arranged in alphabetical order. The appendix contains three sections "Del Servicio de la Mesa" [Table Service], "Calendario Gastronomico" [Gastronomical Calendar] indicating which vegetables and spices are in season, and "Modo de Trinchar en la Mesa" [Carving at the Table]. The six plates include three of table settings, and three of carving meat, poultry and fish. We could only find two copies in OCLC.

Contemporary Mexican sheep, covers stamped in blind. Triple ruled in blind and single ruled in gilt. Spine lettered and stamped in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Corners and board edges are rubbed and worn. Spine is chipped and cracked along hinges. Some intermittent dampstaining, mainly to early pages. Text pages are toned throughout. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper and verso of title page, and a few instances of marginal notes. Pages 131-134 with bottom margin trimmed a bit short, not affecting text. Three of the plates have minor closed tears, marginal on plate I and barely affecting the engraving on plates II and IV. All plates have some minor wrinkling. Overall a very good copy.

According to Swann Galleries, "The plates are close copies of those found in the 1845 'Diccionario de cocina.' The format is very similar as well, but the text is different."

"As the title indicates, many of the recipes are of foreign origin (e.g. “Peras á la alemana” and “Peras de Inglaterra confitadas”), although many of the ones given are native Mexican dishes using traditional ingredients. In some instances, the recipes for particular animals are extensive. For example, one finds eighteen different recipes, including a large sample of foreign dishes, for partridges. Drink and cake recipes are also extensive, including some borrowed from foreign cultures" (Dorothy Sloan, 22-413).

Palau 330883. Janet Long, Conquista y Comida: Consequencias del encuentro de dos mundos (Mexico: UNAM, 2003, p. 473).

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