Three double-page woodcut illus. & four full-page woodcut illus. 40; 63 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (first few leaves of Vol. I with a marginal dampstain), orig. block printed title label on upper cover of Vol. II, new stitching. Tokyo & Osaka: 1782-83. First edition of this rare and early work on preparing tofu, here with its sequel published a year later. This was an enormously popular work with many reprints up to the present day. "The author's name is given as Seikyodojin Kahitsujun...It is said that his real name was Sodani (or Sotani) Gakusen (1738-1797), a seal-engraver in Osaka. Maybe because the author was not a professional chef, this book is totally unique and different from previous recipe books. The author was such an entertainer that the book contains not only 100 tofu recipes, but also enjoyable contents such as their respective ratings, Chinese poetry and trivia about tofu. Amusing contents like this, and the word Hyakuchin (literally 100 delicacies) itself, must have been novel for the people of that time. This book had gained such popularity at the time that a follow-up, 'Tofu Hyakuchin Zokuhen' (A Hundred Delicacies of Tofu: Sequel) was published in 1783. 'Tofu Hyakuchin Yoroku' (A Hundred Delicacies of Tofu: Supplement) [not present here] was also published in 1784, though it had actually been already published under the name of 'Toka-shu' in Edo in 1782 and Fujiya Zenshichi, publisher of 'Tofu Hyakuchin,' bought the copyright of it to republish it as an addition to the series...In 'Tofu Hyakuchin,' the author assigns six grades from 'mediocre cuisine' to 'superb cuisine.' The author's pen name, Kahitsujun , means 'not only rich tasting cuisine but a simple dish also tastes great.' You can feel the author's spirit from the fact that 'Yuyakko,' very simple boiled tofu, is ranked as 'superb'."-online resource from the National Diet Library. The author also provides a history of tofu. The illustrations depict a tofu restaurant and the preparations and cooking of tofu along with pictures of tofu cutters. A total of 238 recipes are provided in these two volumes. Very good set. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4963)
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