Real Cookery by “Grid,” 1893, in Excellent Antique Condition. First Edition, First Printing.




Real Cookery by “Grid,” 1893, in Excellent Antique Condition:  Published by Cassell Publishing Company, New York, in 1893.  Small cookbook (26 1/2″ high by 5″ wide) with 86 pages.  Beautifully bound, with hard boards covered in pale greenish tan linen.   Cover has a small amount of shelf wear and bumped corners.  Hinges are sound, binding is solid.  Every page is uniformly and lightly tanned, yet completely clean and clear.  Really, it is difficult to believe this book is over 100 years old.  There’s an inscription dated 1900, Washington, D.C., on the fly leaf.  The recipient must have put this book on her shelf, then never looked at it again.

“Grid” was an opinionated soul.  He or she says that this book is a revision of an earlier British cookbook, a revision aimed at an American audience.  In the first section, the author lists the foods available to the American cook, urging simplicity and warning against the “messy” entree, the too rich entree, and the flabby entree.  Under no circumstances should meat be fried!  There’s one entire chapter on being on good terms with your cook, and on the importance of NOT hiring a French chef.   The last section has recipes and bills of fare.  No pastries should be served!

See’s recipe section for one great antique recipe from Real Cookery.  Here:

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