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The French family cook: being a complete system of French cookery

By MENON, [----]

subjects: cookery, french,

  • 1. The French family cook: being a complete system of French cookery . . . instructions for making out bills of fare for the four seasons of the year . . . translated from the French. [Anon.]
    London: printed for J. Bell   1793
    21 cm.   xxiv, 342 p.  
    GB:   CUL   LBL*   LeU(B)  
    US:   DCLC   NIC   NYPL  

    --4th ed. enlarged by S. Taylor. [main title changed, but sub-titles not altered. The complete family cook; being a system of cookery]. London: printed [for ?] ]. Annereau, 1796. LWML
    1. The 1793 work is a translation of Menon's La Cuisiniere Bourgeoise (Paris, 1746); see Vicaire, p. 589.
    2. See under earlier entry: GLASSE, A., The accomplished family cook, for a pirated edition of the 1793 work, with, according to Oxford, p. 125, the same title-page, except for 'accomplished' in place of 'French'. Oxford also states that 'the book was probably a failure'.
    3. By 1796 the war with France had given the British a xenophobic attitude towards that country, and it was more than expedient to change the main-title of the 4th ed. by removing the double reference to 'French', but the publisher's or printer's surname is blatantly French.

    Bitting, p. 554; Oxford, pp. 121-2