Smiley's Cook Book and universal household guide. A comprehensive collection of recipes and useful information pertaining to every department of housekeeping.

Chicago: Smiley Publishing Company, Publishers, 1901.

Large octavo (24 x 16 cm.), 768, [8], 801-991, [1] pages. Pages 769-800 replaced here by blank leaves. Publisher's advertisements at rear. Color engraved title page. Illustrated with color plates and black and white engravings in the text. Later printing, originally issued 1894. A complete household guide, but with the emphasis on matters culinary. The work was assembled from various others, including work by Mrs. Owens, a fact that is admitted in a Note by the Publishers, tipped in at front. Smiley claims to have "sifted the material for it during many years while he was general agent for Mrs. Owens' Cook-Book. while it is unclear if Owens approved of Smiley's use of her work, ownership disputes of some sort may have played a role in the appearance of blank leaves at pages 769-800. Also, the shift in type size and style in the Cake section, seems unlikely to be in order that the recipes be more easily read (why just this section), as the author states in the Preface. Whatever the origins of the recipes within, the book is still a valuable collection of detailed recipes and instructions. Hinges a bit shaken, otherwise clean and sound. In edgeworn black oil-cloth binding; titled in white; backstrip starting. Good. [OCLC locates six copies of this printing, and two of the Toronto printing of the same year; not in Bitting or Cagle].

Price: $75.00

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