The Cook’s Oracle; containing Receipts for Plain Cookery on the Most Economical Plan for Private Families: … the whole being the result of actual experiments instituted in the kitchen of a physician. The fifth editionn.

  • Kitchiner, William
  • London: Printed for A. Constable & Co. 1823

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Description

12mo, pp. xx, 484. Untrimmed in original blue paper boards backed in grey paper, printed paper label to spine. Some light spotting, a few small stains. Worn, joints cracking but sound (and touched up in a few places with glue), one corner of lower board torn away.

Notes

First published in 1817 as 'Apicius Redivivus', this fifth edition is again revised by the author though this time he found 'little to add, and little to alter' (p. xvii). The text was popular, much-reprinted, and influential - especially on Mrs Beeton. The introduction contains a 3-page list of cookery books published between 1513 and 1814 reportedly consulted by the author ('my tedious progress through these books - many of which did not afford the germ of a single idea', p. 21).

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