Recipes My Friends’ and My Own, 1904, First Edition, First Printing



Recipes My Friends’ and My Own, 1904, First Edition, First Printing: Charming blank book for recipes Designed and Illustrated by Louise Perrett and published in 1904 by The Reilly and Lee Co., Chicago. 164 pages. Thumb indexed for breads, beverages, soups, fish, eggs, entrees, meats, vegetables, salads, pudding and pastry, custards, jellies and ices, cakes, chafing dish, and miscellaneous.

This cookbook has been used. It has hand written recipes like “Beaten Biscuits–Mother’s,” as well as pasted-in recipes cut from magazines and newspapers. Many recipes for sweet things: cakes, cookies, ices, treats. The pages are tanned and have small stains. The cover is worn and stained. The hinges were mended with fabric tape, as was the spine cover. Many pages are still blank. Perrett’s illustrations are adorable. (That’s a word I don’t often use.)

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