Antique Recipes

Hickory-Nut Surprise from My Candy Secrets, 1919, Mary Elizabeth Evans

Hickory-Nut Surprise from My Candy Secrets, 1918, Mary Elizabeth Evans:

My Candy Secrets, 1918, Mary Elizabeth EvansYes, we have the cookbook.  See it here:

My Candy Secrets, 1919, First Edition, First Printing, Mary Elizabeth Evans. Cookbook written by Mary Elizabeth Evans and published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, New York, in 1919, after her successful publication of Mary Elizabeth’s War Time Recipes in 1918.  Hard cover book with linen covered boards.  I don’t know if this is a library binding or the original binding.  It is an excellent binding, with linen hinges that are still perfect.  There’s just a bit of shelf wear on the cover.   146 pages.  All pages are completely clean and clear.   This is a former library book, and it has remnants of pockets on the fly leaf, a library stamp on the title page, a small number on the copyright page, and a small embossed number on the spine cover.

Evans was well connected, well informed and smart.  So I looked her up.  Wikipedia tells us that that Evans started her own candy company, and it became a group of candy stores and tea rooms run by a women-only business empire, with an anchor store on Fifth Avenue, New York City.  You can read the brief profile here:

The cookbook covers equipment needed for candy making; simple sweets for children; candies for Christmas sales, bazaars, etc.; fondant; whipped cream fondants; chocolates and fruits; bonbons and cream candies; caramels and nougats; hard candies; and decorative candies and salted nuts.  Evans provides  the information you’ll need for making chocolate from scratch!