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Title: The Mary Frances Cook Book, Or Adventures Among the Kitchen People.
Description: Philadelphia, John C. Winston. 1912. Hard Cover. Ill.: Margaret G. Hayes and Jane Allen Boyer. 175 pp, 9 3/4" H. Copyright 1912. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine, colour illustration with black lettering on front board. Colour frontispiece, black/white/red illustrations throughout. Mary Frances's mother is ill and for three weeks, she must take over kitchen duties. The little girl is helped and instructed by the Kitchen People (animated utensils) - the Tea Kettle, Big Iron Pot, Coffee Pot, Auntie Rolling Pin, Toaster Man, Potato Masher, Frying Pan, et al, as she progresses through increasingly difficult recipes. Beginning with plain toast, buttered toast and milk toast, she continues on through baked apples, thimble biscuit, gingerbread cookies and rice, on to boiled mutton, walnut kisses, sponge cake, Queen of Hearts tarts, salad dressing and beefsteak, among others. In addition to her duties, she prepares a meal for a tramp, has a kitchen party for her dolls and a candy pull, as well as learning to set the table and fold napkins. In addition to teaching cookery, this book is an interesting window onto the life of a young American girl at the beginning of the twentieth century. Light browning to front endpapers and preliminaries, light foxing on frontispiece (mainly on back) and on adjacent pages, two 1" tears in front inside hinge, soft crease fown free front endpaper, creases and tiny tears/chips at fore-edge of frontispiece, a few small edge tears (archivally taped) and wrinkles on some pages up to page 13; moderate to heavy browning to pages 174, 175 and free rear endpaper; water stain at top corner of page 175, archivally taped edge tear on page 100, small surface paper pull on page 31 and opposite on page 30 - text not legible, moderate browning to edges of text block, water stain at fore-edge of rear board, wrinkling and wear at top/bottom of spine and corners - light edge wear elsewhere, small white stain on front board. Book protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. Good.

Keywords: Mary Frances, Cookery, Cookbooks, Cook Books, Recipes, Early 20th Century, America, American, Kitchens, Kitchen Utensils, Cooking Lessons, Tea Parties, Candy Pulls, Toast, Potatoes, Soups, Eggs, Coffee, Tea, Omlettes, Sauces, Biscuits, Cocoa, Gingerbread,

Price: US$ 75.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 29808

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