Sep 24, 2020 - Sale 2546

Sale 2546 - Lot 267

Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(MEXICAN COOKERY.) Manual del cocinero y cocinera. 11 lithographic plates, 6 of them hand-colored. 397, [18] pages. Small 8vo, publisher's 1/4 calf, moderate wear; minimal dampstaining and wear, pages 37-40 bound after pages 32. Puebla: José María Macías, 1849

Additional Details

First edition (not reprinted until 1992). Believed to be only the second cookbook published in Mexico outside the capital. Some items are distinctly Mexican, including several mole recipes from pages 190 to 196. Many of the other recipes originated in the Madrid periodical La Risa, and the preface was by Spanish novelist Wenceslao Ayguals de Izco, who also apparently wrote the conclusion under the pseudonym Abundio Estofado. While a portion of the illustrations and text are humorous, this was a serious cookbook. Cagle, Matter of Taste 1201 (calls for only 8 plates). Harvard's Schlesinger Library holds a copy which is credited with 12 plates.