Boston School Kitchen Text-Book. Lessons in Cooking, for the use of Classes in Public and Industrial Schools.

Boston; Cambridge: Roberts Brothers; John Wilson & Son [printers], 1890.

Octavo (19 x 13 cm.), xxvii, 237, [21] pages. Index. Later printing; originally issued in 1887. Not a cookbook per se, but rather an instruction manual "for the use of classes in public and industrial schools" based on the work being done by the Boston School Kitchen. The Boston School Kitchen was initiated and funded by Mrs. Mary Hemenway in summer of 1885, and was the introduction of cooking schools into the Boston Public School system, and the first public school kitchen in the United States. Students from various schools in the system would choose to attend as an addition to their regular studies. Mrs. Hemenway supported the school for three years, and for the first year instruction was given by Miss Amabel Hope. School Kitchen No. 2 was established in January 1886 in South Boston. Ten years later, Miss Hope issued a report on the Cooking Schools indicating that the number of schools had grown to fourteen. (Documents of the School Committee of the City of Boston, for the Year 1895. Boston: Rockwell & Churchill, City Printers, 1895, page 281 ff.). ~ Mrs. D. A. Lincoln was the first teacher at the Boston Cooking School (though she recognized her inadequacy as a culinary instructor and replaced herself with Miss Joanna Sweeney). While at the school, she wrote Mrs. Lincoln's Boston Cook Book (1884), the fore-runner to Fannie Merritt Farmer's Boston Cooking School Cook Book (1896). The Boston Cook Book included a section on operating a cooking school, titled "An Outline of Study for Teachers". With the publication of the Boston School Kitchen Text-Book, Lincoln had written the two works that were to be the foundation of cooking education for decades. Internally very clean. Illustrated paper boards over brown cloth. Some light soil to boards; very good. [Cagle 479].

Price: $90.00