Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes

The "Main" cookery book

By SENN, Charles Herman

subjects: general,

  • 1. The | "Main" cookery book | compiled by | "Cordon Rouge" | Gold Medallist
    London and Glasgow: R. and A. Main Ltd; 1900
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [i-x], [1] 2-140 [141-144], [i-ii] publ ads   [1s on binding]   Red cloth
    GB:   *LCS  

    Senn is not cited by name in the book; however, he is very likely the compiler using the pseudonym Cordon Rouge. Advertisements in the third edition of Senn's "Cookery for invalids and the convalescent" and in Senn's "How to cook eggs and omelets in 250 different ways" at OPo attribute "The "Main" cookery book" to him. Since Senn was a Don of the Order of the Cordon Rouge, a coveted gastronomic decoration, the pseudonym is a fitting one. Senn seems to have used the pseudonym later for another title (see "General comments" under "The amateur cook's manual").
    The publisher, R. and A. Main Ltd, manufactured gas stoves and gas fires. All the advertisements at the front and back of the book are for the company's products.
    R. and A. Main Ltd published another volume of recipes with the same title, "The Main cookery book", in 1929. This is a new work and should not be confused with the title by Cordon Rouge.