Birdroyd Book of Recipes, Compiled and Self-Published by Marie C. Chamberlain. Rare, antique vegetarian cookbook. First edition, first printing copy. Published from Birdroyd, Burrows Cross, Gomshall, Surrey, England. The introduction, with many religious overtones, was written by C. H. Collings. This is a slim hard cover book, linen covered boards with silver embossed title. 44 pages plus ten blank pages for notes. The rather austere vegetarian recipes are elegantly spaced on the high quality pages. The book is in nearly mint condition. The hinges are perfect, the binding is firm, the pages are all clean and clear.
The book has no date. I’ve done a little searching, but I can’t find anything about Chamberlain, Collings, or Birdroyd. However, in the Collings refers to the great “Food Reformer” and the “Temple of Hygiene.” From those references and the construction of the book, I think Birdroyd Book of Recipes is from the vegetarian social reform movement, 1880-1910.
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