MARY AT THE FARM AND BOOK OF RECIPES, 1928, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE FOUNDER OF DOMESTIC SCIENCE
THOMAS, Edith M. Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes. Compiled During Her Visit Among the "Pennsylvania Germans" Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Evangelical Press, 1928. Octavo, original gilt-stamped burgundy cloth. $450.
Second edition of combined fictional Christian narrative and cookbook focusing on Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, inscribed by the author to the founder of domestic science as an academic discipline: "To Miss Martha Van Rensselaer with kindest regards. Edith M. Thomas. Quakertown, Pa."
This work combines a Christian-themed fictional narrative with an exploration of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. The work features hundreds of popular Pennsylvania Dutch recipes including dampfnudeln, apple fritters, sour cream crullers, pepper pot soup, sauer kraut, spice cakes and cookies, and every conceivable variety of pie. The first edition was published in 1915. Martha Van Rensselaer was a founding co-director of the College of Home Economics, which led to the establishment of the New York State College of Human Ecology in Ithaca, New York. Van Rensselaer served as an educator and founded the field of “domestic science,” centered on key aspects of homemaking.
A few spots of soiling to interior, a couple areas of faint soiling to cloth, a bit of rubbing mainly to spine ends. A near-fine inscribed copy.