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Blanquel, Simón, editor. El mejor libro de cocina, ó, Escelente coleccion de las mejores recetas, para que al menor costo posible, y con la mayor comodidad, pueda guisarse à la española, francesa, italiana é inglesa; sin omitirse cosa alguna de lo hasta aquí publicado, para sazonar al estilo de México. Lleva añadido. Lo mas selecto que se encuentra acerca de la reposteria; el art de trinchar &c. Mexico: Imprenta de Manuel Castro, 1864. 24mo (14 cm; 5.5"). 381 pp., 2 plts. $1,875.00
First published with the title Novisimo arte de cocina in Mexico City in 1831 this work vies with the Cocinero mexicano, also published in Mexico City in that year, as => the first printed Mexican cookbook. Blanquel's work was printed again in 1853 still as Novisimo arte de cocina, and this 1864, the title changed, proclaims itself as the "segunda edicion" probably on the basis of its being "notablemente aumentada con multitud de guisos, fritos, y sustancias; legumbres, huevos, pastas y conservas, helados y receta para hacer buena cerveza con el costo aproximativo para seis barriles."
In addition to the new recipes, the original ones still present in this edition range from soups to salads and on to meat dishes, fish dishes, flour-based baked and fried things, conserves, drinks, appetizers, desserts, gelatins, and more. Additionally, as promised on the title-age, there are sections on carving meats and serving etiquette. The two wood-engraved plates deal with butchering and carving meat and filleting and serving fish, one here being bound in as a frontispiece.
In 1843 this work became the first Mexican cookbook printed in the United States. It came off the press in Philadelphia and there were subsequent U.S. editions, all printed in Philadelphia, in 1845,1850, and 1852. All are rare and little held in U.S. libraries.
Of the Mexican editions, we find no U.S. library reporting ownership of the 1831, six U.S. libraries owning the 1853, and only three owning this 1864.
Not in Palau, which only lists the Mexico, 1853, edition. Publisher's quarter light brown calf with marbled paper sides, a little rubbed; round spine, no raised bands, stamped in gilt with decorative arabesques above and below the title. => A nice clean, unwormed copy. (37291) Please RESHELVE This.
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