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Cooking and Castle Building, 1890

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Cooking and Castle Building, 1890:  I’ve found references to Cooking and Castle Building, by Emma P. Ewing, as having been published in 1880 by James E. Osgood & Co., Boston, and in 1883 by Fairbanks, Palmer & Co., Chicago.  As you can see from the title page here, this copy was printed in 1890 and no publisher is listed.  Only Emma P. Ewing is listed as copyright holder.

Purdue University holds Ewing’s papers, and she was teaching there in 1890.  Perhaps she had the book privately re-printed by the university press?  In any case, this is a fascinating book.  Written as a novel, the entire book is a conversation between two women and one of their daughters.  And the conversation is all about writing the perfect cookbook.  The proposed cookbook writer, Kate, spends a summer talking to the other women about the proper way to cook, for example, corn muffins.  And, Kate teaches the younger woman, Alice, to cook.  The result of the conversations is a novel filled with detailed recipes and discussions of cooking techniques, along with philosophical discussions about proper housekeeping and family life.  The first “recipe” is for yeast, making it from dried hops!

This book is as close to as-if-new condition as any antique cookbook I’ve had in the store.  The pages are spotless, the binding is in excellent condition. The back hinge has some cracks, but it is holding well. 211 pages plus index of recipes.  The cover boards are in good condition, with the corners slightly rounded.  Otherwise, mint!

See information about Emma P. Ewing’s papers at Purdue, here:

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