Fannie Farmer Cookbook, Twelfth Edition, 1981: Marion Cunningham’s 1981 revised and enlarged edition of the Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer. Twelfth edition, published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York. Hard cover with dust jacket. Hinges in excellent condition. Binding has split at between pages 466 and 467, but it has been mended with clear librarian’s tape. Pages are completely clean and clear. The dust jacket shows minor shelf wear. It is a large, hardcover book with 811 pages and a very clean, clear layout. If I wanted a copy of Fannie Farmer to actually cook from, rather than to appreciate as an historic artifact, this is the edition I would use. Cunningham definitely modernizes Fannie; for example, there’s a chapter on Frozen Foods, with suggestions on owning and maintaining a freezer. Since Fannie Farmer’s original version of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book was published in 1896, and since refrigerators for the home were not invented until 1913, I’m sure Fannie Farmer could only dream about the use of refrigeration!
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