1916 · [Mexico
by [Mexican Manuscript Cookbook]
[Mexico, 1916. pp. In Spanish. Contemporary three-quarter gray cloth and marbled boards. Spine perished, moderate rubbing and wear to boards, binding cracked in a few places and resultantly tender. Contemporary stationery store label on front pastedown. Minor soiling to text. Overall good condition. A well-used Mexican manuscript cookbook from the early-20th century. Interestingly, the book has been used by at least two different authors, in a dos-à-dos fashion, with each author starting at one end of the book, and meeting in the middle. A girl or young woman named Bertha Garza and then later Bertha Renate has signed her name each way on the front free endpaper, and the cookbook may have belonged to her or her family. The dating of the text comes from a stationery store label affixed to the front pastedown, dated in print in August 1916. The author or authors of the present cookbook have included a wide variety of Mexican soups, salads, meat dishes, sandwiches, desserts, and more. These include sopa de garbanzos, "huacamole," chayotes rellenos, gasnates, pastel americano, ariquipa de nuez, creadillas, nopales en mole, chiles fingidos, pulque de naranja, chicharrones, chiles del tiempo, chiles en aguacates, pollo en guisado de pulque, torta de plaza, helado de chabacano, criadillas, tamales de arroz, lengua en alcaparra, chile de nogada, lengue en almendrado, macarrones a la francesa, "puerco en coca cola," and many others. There are also recipes for desserts, including pastel de chocolate, budin de chocolate, pastel de chinos (Chinese cake), platanas en dulce, budin de pan negro, helado de pina, "sponge cake" (written in English), and others. Interestingly, in addition to the recipes, someone has drawn three small floor plans for houses on two leaves. A dense and informative collection of Mexican food recipes from the country of their birth, with a dash of American influence, meant to satisfy a wide range of appetites.
(Inventory #: WRCAM55648)