"MACARONI SOUP, OYSTER POT-PIE, BOSTON BROWN BREAD, VIENNA COFFEE": FIRST EDITION OF THE LAKESIDE COOK BOOK, 1878
DONNELLEY, Naomi A. The Lakeside Cook Book; A Complete Manual of Practical, Economical, Palatable and Healthful Cookery. Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd, 1878. Octavo, cord-bound as issued, original pictorial beige paper wrappers; pp. 48. $500.
First edition of this affordable cookbook offering hundreds of paragraph-style recipes for (mostly) American regional classics, in original wrappers.
This is the first of two 1878 cookbooks that the author, Naomi Donnelley, compiled to raise money for her husband, Richard Robert Donnelley, the founder of Lakeside Press. Lakeside Press books were sold at newstands and by mail order at highly affordable prices manageable for nearly any late 19th-century household. Donnelley's pamphlet-style cookbook offers hundreds of recipes for American regional classics, some obscure but many still common on American tables. The Lakeside Cook Book and its companion volume were two of "the most popular early Chicago cookbooks… These cookbooks were relatiely cheap… published on cheap paper with a weak binding in paperback. But they were jam packed with a wide selection of recipes, written in paragraph form with a mix of specific and general measurements, for dishes from soups to breakfast, dinners, and desserts, as well as preserved food, and household recipes and instructions. In general, recipes are relatively simple and with few exceptions are not specifically 'ethnic'… The success of the two Lakeside Cook Books was an important step in Donnelley's ability to spread beyond its initial core business of directory printing… The Lakeside Cook Book was not a general guide for housewives. it was first and foremost a cookbook with relatively easy to follow recipes" (Block & Rosing, 230-31). See Bitting, 127. Pencil title page owner signature.
Closed interior tear to page 5, a few spots of soiling to interior, a bit of rubbing and soiling to wrappers. An extremely good copy.