Hardback with blue cloth covers and gilt lettering, published by Chapman and Hall. First edition, 1894.
Printed by Charles Dickens & Evans, the firm of the eldest son of the writer.
The author, Louisa Rochfort (born Louisa Ruth Herbert, 1831-1921), was better known as the actress Ruth Herbert, who had sat as a model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rochfort was the name of her second husband.
The book includes chapters on soups, fish, entrées, bread and pastry, sauces, salads, poultry, veal, luncheon dishes, vegetables, eggs, savouries, omelettes, and sweets.
From the preface:
“With the distinct knowledge of how many books of cookery are already before the public, it may seem presumptuous on my part to add to their number. I am led to do so by the belief that the recipes contained in this little volume – culled as they are from different nations – may embody a certain amount of novelty, agreeable to those of my readers who like to vary their ordinary routine of dishes; and I venture to hope that a few plain directions may prove of service to many a young housekeeper who finds the complicated terms in recipes for cooking somewhat beyond her.”
Cloth covers and lettering are faded. Covers are bumped and fraying at corners and around top and bottom of spine, with a small cut in the cloth on the spine. Hinges show some cracking, and page ends are very browned. The front endpapers, which are printed with advertisements, carry various markings and a bookplate, and there are a few marginal lines.
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