Appledore Cook Book, 1883, Maria Parloa, First. Edition, First Printing. The full title of this cookbook is The Appledore Cook Book containing Practical Receipts for Plain and Rich Cooking. This is the “new edition” of the cookbook first published in 1872, This cookbook published in 1883 by DeWolfe, Fiske and Company, Boston. Written, of course, by Maria Parloa. The green linen covered boards are intricately embossed. The cover has a shelf wear on the top and bottom of the spine cover, on the edges, and on the corners. The front hinge is broken and exposed. The back hinge is in good condition. The hand stitched binding is in good condition and the text block is intact. The pages are remarkably clean and clear, with some turned down corners. Many newspaper clippings are tucked into the book. I’ll leave those where they are!
Parloa’s eighth book covers a range of topics ranging from the maintenance of pantries to the digestive system. Parloa was a “pioneer in home economics education”, sometimes described as a founder of the discipline, and was arguably America’s first celebrity cook. Her first work, The Appledore Cook Book, was published in 1872. She gave her first public lecture on cookery in the summer of 1876 in New London, Connecticut, and in the spring of 1877 she gave several popular lectures in Boston, opening a cooking school there the following autumn. Following her, Mrs. Lincoln then Fannie Farmer ran the school.