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The complete practical cook


subjects: cookery, household management,

  • 1. The complete practical cook: or, a new system of the whole art and mystery of cookery . . . adorned with sixty curious copper plates. etc.
    London: printed for W. Meadows, C. Rivington and R. Hett 16 sh.   1730
    26 cm.   224, 58 p. pls.  
    GB:   ENLS*   LBL   LeU(B)  
    US:   KMK   MSaE   NYPL  

    1. The author, whose father was also a cook, described himself as 'Lately Cook to his Grace the Duke of Argyll, the Earl of Pontefract, the Lord Cornwallis, etc.'.
    2. Mon.Cat./2 (vol. 2), p. 2 (Jan. 1730), confirms that the price was 16 sh.
    3. The ENLS copy contains the bookplate of Sir George Steuart of Grantully, Bart.
    4. The NYPL copy is part of the Whitney Cookery Collection, which was donated by the will of Mrs Helen Hay Whitney.

    Bitting, p. 77; Oxford, pp. 61-2

Diagram of table setting from Charles Carter, The complete practical cook