The New Art of Cookery. According to the Present Practice Being a Complete Guide to all Housekeepers, on a Plan Entirely New, Consisting of Thirty-eight Chapters.
W. Spotswood, ( 1798), Boston
17.5 cm. xxiii, (25), 444 pp.
This is the second, “American” edition of a book printed the year before in Philadelphia, and a decade before that, in London as “English Art of Cookery.” This American version of Briggs’s cookbook contains the same 38 chapter titles as his earlier and more influential English cookbook, but places less emphasis on French, Continental, and Indian cooking, in favor of dishes more adapted to American palate, with recipes such as “A West-India Pepper Pot” providing a taste of the exotic. See Lowenstein 8 and 25. Bound in full contemporary calf with spine label. Some worming at bottom of backstrip. Top of backstrip chipped, top joint worn, pages evenly tanned. Ownership signature of Dorcas Green, 1806 on front blank.