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Practical West African cookery

By RUXTON, G. and Sylvia Leith-Ross

subjects: west africa, cooking in,

  • 1. [First edition of "Practical West African cookery", 1910]

    JLCat 101 cites the first edition, Chichester: 1910, and rightly describes it as scarce.

  • 2. — Practical | West African | cookery. | By | G. Ruxton and S. Leith-Ross.
    Chichester: J. W. Moore; [1915]
    18.0 x 12.0 cm   Pp [1-2] ht, [i-v] vi-vii [viii], [7] 8-174, [i-vi] ads   Blue cloth
    GB:   *OPo(F)  
    US:   NjP  

    The preface is dated "Zungeru, 1908. Ibi, 1910." It states, "The needs of Northern Nigeria were those we had at heart when compiling this book, but it is hoped that it will apply equally well to other colonies in West and East Africa. The main object in view was to enable the white man to obtain that well cooked and varied food so essential to health, and to facilitate economy by making every possible use of native foodstuffs, and by showing how to minimise wastage of material on the part of the native cook." The recipes, the preface adds, are nearly all French ones. The preface to the second edition, which is dated 1915, says, "There have been no alterations made in the little book, but a few recipes have been added."
    The first few chapters especially # "Provisions", "Kitchen and kitchen utensils", "Cooks and boys", "Native products", "The vegetable garden" and "Suggestions for menus" # give a wealth of practical information.