First published in England in 1747, the Art of Cookery was the first cookbook not written primarily for chefs or aristocrats, making it a bestseller during its time and bringing wealth to the author, first noted as only 'a Lady.' The author, Hannah Glasse, was raised in a wealthy household but lost her means after the death of her father, and wrote the cookbook as a means of providing for her family, which included 10 children, only five of whom survived infancy. The 'plain and easy' recipes, 972 in all, were relatively cheap and technically simple, including the first mention of jelly, Yorkshire pudding, and also included recipes for Indian curries.
First Edition Identification and Notes
1747 first edition printed in London, Folio (303 × 184 mm) was taller than later editions. Eight editions were reprinted within authors lifetime (1708-1770) and it was reprinted 33 times in 50 years. First American edition was 1805.
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Description:London, 1767. . 8vo. vi, (24), 384, (24)pp., occasional, light spotting, some soiling to title-page, otherwise very good, later half morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt, rubbed at extremities and on boards, otherwise very good. British cookery writer Hannah Glasse (1708-1770) remains best known for this recipe collection, first published in 1747, anonymously and remained a… Read more
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