First Cookbook in Texas[Cookbook] The Texas Cook Book. A Thorough Treatise on the Art of Cookery. Edited by the Ladies' Association of the First Presbyterian Church. Houston, 1883. First edition. 8vo. 186pp. Ads in rear and on endpapers. Blank leaves follow each section for owner's notes or additional recipes. Green cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to front board. Penciled name of previous owner. Rear hinge weak; some paper loss to rear pastedown. In custom clamshell box with rounded leather spine with gilt lettering. A nice tight copy in very good condition.
From the Southwestern Historical Quarterly: "The first such work published in Texas, the remarkable book also reveals Houston during the first two of the three decades [of Reconstruction]." In the section of "miscellaneous receipts" toward the back, there are instructions on making your own cough syrup out of licorice balls, honey, and twenty grains of opium. The previous owner has crossed it out and, in pencil, written: "Do not use this."
Reference: Southwest Historic Quarterly, Vol. 71, p. 228.
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