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Mrs. Porter’s Cook-Book and Housekeepers’ Companion, 1891, 1974

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Mrs. Porter’s Cook-Book and Housekeepers’ Companion, 1891, 1974:  1974 reprint of a cookbook written by Mrs. M. E. Porter and first published in 1891 by William Briggs, Toronto with the title The New World’s Fair Cook book and Housekeeper’s Companion.  This volume from the 1974 reprint by McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, Scarborough, Ontario.  Hard cover book with blue linen-covered boards and 391 pages.   This copy is in absolutely mint condition.  Perfect hinges and binding.  No shelf wear on the cover or spine.  All pages are perfectly clean and clear.  Its dust jacket has many small dings.   It is now safely encased in Mylar.

This is a charming comprehensive cookbook, with “How to” chapters on every possible topic; that is “How to Make Soup,” ‘How to Dress Fish,” “How to Make Cakes.”  Each chapter has “General Remarks” at the beginning, with Mrs. Porter’s overall comments about cooking a particular class of food.  These are clearly written and often quite funny.  But the most interesting–and novel–parts of the book are at the end.  The short chapter with the title “How Lumped Sweetness May Gain in Grace” is actually a list of clothing a stout woman should not wear.  The list begins, “She should not wear a tailor-made suit fitting her figure closely.  It brings out every pound of flesh for the benefit of the looker-on.”  The list ends,  She should shun champagne.  She should hate ice-cream.”

See one great antique recipe from Mrs. Porter’s Cook-Book in VintageCookbook’s recipe file, here:


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