Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 223

Price Realized: $ 2,640
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(FOOD AND DRINK.) ESTES, RUFUS. Good Things to Eat, as Suggested by Rufus. 142 pages. Portrait frontispiece. 8vo, original white cloth, printed in black; some discoloration and wear; various recipes in tipped in from clippings and in manuscript. Chicago: For the Author, 1911

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first edition of the first cook book by an african-american professional chef. The first cook book was "What Mrs Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking (San Francisco, 1881). Robert Robert''s "House Servants'' Directory" (1827), often cited as the first cook book, was actually a butler''s guide with a couple of recipes included.
Estes, who was born into slavery in Tennessee in 1857 cooked for two presidents (Harrison and Cleveland) as well as assorted European royals. He was one of the chief chefs for the Pullman Private Car Service in the 1880''s. Culinary America, 786.