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Davidis, Henriette. Praktisches Kochbuch für die Deutschen in Amerika. Zuverlässige und selbstgeprüfte Anweisungen zur Bereitung der verschiedenartigsten Speisen und Getränke, zum Backen, Einmachen u. s. w. Milwaukee: Georg Brumder's Verlag, (copyright 1879). 8vo (21.1 cm, 8.3"). iv, 400 pp. $175.00
First U.S. appearance: One of the best known and most authoritative German cookbooks of the late 19th through early 20th centuries, here in an edition intended for German-Americans and produced by one of the largest German-American publishing enterprises in the country. Printed in black letter, the text is almost entirely in German; the handful of recipes that give English titles are largely desserts ("Apple-Pie," "Sponge-Cake," "Cup-Cake," "Cooky") — with a few outliers like "Tomatoe-Pickles" — while the fish section adds parenthetical translations for shad, carp, pike, etc. => The title-page notes that the text has been supplemented with some typically American dishes, and quantities have been adapted for American usage.
Davidis (1801–76) worked as a governess and teacher before launching a full-time career focusing on cookery and home economics. Her Praktisches Kochbuch für die gewöhnliche und feinere Küche was originally printed in 1844 (under the title Zuverlässige und selfstgeprüfte Recepte der gewöhnlichen und feineren Küche) and went through numerous editions. The present American version enjoyed a great deal of success, with at least five printings following this first.
Binding: Publisher's dark green cloth, spine and front cover with elegant gilt lettering and decorations; the lettering evokes fraktur, the embellishments are delicate with filigree elements, and the gilt vignette on the front cover features a tall bread-filled basket on a draped table also bearing a ham, a lobster, and a duck or goose. All edges marbled.
Provenance: Front pastedown with Cincinnati bookseller's ticket (in German); front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Fr[aulein?] J. Fingerle.
Bitting, 115; Brown, Culinary Americana, 4361 (for second ed.). Binding lightly rubbed overall, gilt dimmed, hinges (inside) cracked but holding. Pages slightly age-toned with occasional faint spotting; a few leaves with small nick to upper edge. => Representing an important development in German-American culture. (40917) Please RESHELVE This.
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