Title: The Cook's Own Book (1832)
Publisher: Rare Book Republishers, Merrifield VA
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: By Publisher
Edition: First Printing.
Book Type: Cookbooks
379pp + 5pp (Glossary). Red faux leather cloth. First printing of the re-issue (original 1st Published in 1832 and went thru many subsequent printings). Tight, square, bright copy with firm corners. No internal names, notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover (NP). Appendum tipped out at front. AS NEW! Signed presentation copy in ink from Stewart (The Publisher) to his surrogate mother May 10, 1997. USPS Tracking provided. (H) Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 18600
Synopsis: Hitherto, or until of late years, the cook has had to educate himself, while the physician appropriates all the knowledge of antiquity, and of every succeeding age; his individual cases are all classed according to general principles, while the rules that have regulated the preparation of our food, have been discordant and unnatural. In the present age, indeed, cookery has been raised to the dignity of an art, and sages have given their treatises to the world. Very has a monument in the cemetery of Pre La Chaise, among the tombs of warriors, poets, and philosophers, recording of his life that it was consecrated to the useful arts. Virgil however, writes that the best delights of Elysium were showered upon those who received wounds for their country, who lived unspotted priests, who uttered verses worthy of A pollo, or who, like V3ry, consecrated their lives to the useful arts. On the utilitarian principle the cook should be much elevated in public estimation, and were he to form a strict alliance with the physician, the patriarchal ages would return, and men would die of nothing but sheer old age. After insanity, the most grievous affliction of Providence, or rather of improvidence and imprudence, is Dyspepsy: a malady that under different names has decimated the inhabitants of civilized countries, and of almost all countries, in which man is a cooking dnimal. To the dyspeptic, the sun has no cheering ray, the air no elasticity or balm; the flowers are without fragrance, music is without melody, and beauty without charms. Life is a blank; affection has lost its power to soothe, and the blessings scattered by Providence, are converted into ministers of torment. Food becomes a bane; the very staff that supports life, gives the flagellation that renders life a curse. All that can delight is lost, but all that can depress and sting, has a tenfold activity and po
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