This is the original 1931 first edition of “Martha Washington’s Rules for Cooking.” It is a book of recipes used everyday at Mt Vernon by Martha and by her neighbors, Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Madison, and Mrs. Monroe. It was produced from original manuscripts and was edited by Ann Parks Marshall.
The book has 160 pages of great interesting recipes of the late 1700s. You might want to try “Fried Apples and Bacon,” or how about “Scrapple?” Even if you don’t make any of the recipes it is a really a fun book to read. Through out the book there are photographs and advertisements (black & white) from the time period.
This is a paraphrase of part of the preface of the book:
Virginia was like one vast neighborhood and recipes were always passed around. Mrs. Washington would send her recipe for her latest dish to Mrs. Jefferson, and Mrs. Jefferson would send it to Mrs. Madison or to Mrs. Monroe and so on. Recipes were shared in this way and in each case the name of the originator of the recipe would be recorded. Baking powders and such had not come in to use and in general each dish was a labor of love.
A sample of some ingredients called for are lard, suet, pippins, salt pork etc.
The table of contents reads: Oysters, Soups, Meat, fowl, Fish, Vegetables, Bread, Desserts and Ice crème, Southern Dishes.
This edition is relatively rare. Unfortunately, it is not in perfect condition. There is a large stain on the back and a small stain on the front. The word “Martha” on the cover has been traced over with ink. The binding is intact but is showing signs of loosening up. Otherwise the book is complete and in good condition.
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