The Cook Not Mad or Rational Cookery
Published: Knowlton & Rice, Watertown, 1830.
(Classic Reprint—The Cherry Tree Press, Toronto, 1975)
Physical Description: The cover of the book is emerald in colour with a black spine. On the cover is the title and then a description of that is in it, with the publisher’s information on the bottom. In the center there is an illustration of a woman cooking and around the illustration is a border of spirals. Below it says: A Frontier Cookbook first published in 183- when America was young. At the very bottom in thick letters it notes that this version is an adaptation. The back cover has excerpts from the book. The spine has the title printed on top and the year on the bottom. On the inside sleeve it notes that this book was published by the Jefferson County Historical Society. The inside cover of the book is green with advertisements for wholesale realtors. The title page is brown with a white rectangle in the middle. In the center of the rectangle is the same information as on the front. The book is 7.75 inches long 5 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick.
Subject: As mentioned by the title, this is a frontier cookbook and contains various recipes and bits of advice. There are sections on how to prepare poultry and the difference between stuffing a turkey versus a fowl, how to make pudding and tarts, as well as recipes for preserving strawberries and pickling. The recipes are intermixed with other remedies, including one on how to get rid of bedbugs.
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