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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 4, 2011
This cookbook is the exact reprint of the original 1887 White House Cookbook,
which has been a favorite, and therefore in print for decades.
For the purpose of a better insight as to what this cookbook offers,
it seems advantageous to list a brief summary of the author's credentials.

Mrs. F.L.Gillette made a life-long and thorough study of cookery and housekeeping,
especially as it is adapted to the practical wants of the average American home.
Hugo Ziemann was at one time caterer for the Prince Napoleon who was killed while fighting the Zulus in Africa.
He was steward of the Hotel Splendide in Paris. He conducted the Brunswick Cafe' in New York.
And at the Hotel Richelieu, in Chicago, his cuisine won the appause of even gourmets of foreign lands.

Every recipe had been "tried and tested" before it was included in the cookbook.
And this book was intended to give knowledge to housekeepers of all classes.
Embodied here are some original features.

Such as --
1. Menus for the holidays.
2. Menus for one week of each month, for the entire year, which would cover all varieties of seasonable foods.
3. Convenient classification of topics, and explanations of preparing.
4. Detailed instructions for carving of: beef, veal, mutton, pork, venison, turkey, goose, duck, and salmon.
5. Interesting information about the "White House", menus served on special occasions,
views of the interior of the White House, and portraits of all the ladies of the White House
to the point of this 1887 edition book.
6. For convenience the book is in large, plain type.

Some recipes offered are not of much need nowadays, such as how to make catsup or home-made yeast.
But some of the "sauces for puddings" sound yummy!
The "Measures and weights" page is fun. Did you know that "2 Wine-glasses equal one gill or half a cup"?
The contents cover a vast variety of topics and recipes.

Although there is much information that is more entertaining then would be applicable,
there is also much information that would still be usefull today in 2011.
If your a cook that enjoys the rapport of old fashioned cookbooks, and the fun of rejuvenateing some old recipes,
this is an excellent book, you wouldn't want to miss.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
This is a very Fascinating Unusual Cookbook,...well it is more than that "The Original White House Cook-Book" contains Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving, Table Etiquette (I think everyone should have a Copy), Care of the Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts Worth Knowing,..."A Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home", by Mrs. F. L. Gillette and Hugo Ziemann, Steward of the White House, 1887 Edition, with a Dedicatory: "To the Wives of our Presidents, those Noble Women who have Graced the White House, and whose Names and Memories are Dear to All Americans, this Volume is Affectionately Dedicated by the Author"

A Beautiful Classic Book with Gold Gilt Edge Pages with Elegant and Old Black and White Photographs. The Recipes are Written the Old-Fashioned Way, in Paragraphs instead of a List of Ingredients and then the Instructions, everything is Well Mix Together in so many Lines like Ingredients in a Recipe, for Example:

COFFEE CAKE
One cup of brown sugar, one cup of butter, two eggs, one-half cup of molasses, one cup of strong, cold coffee, one teaspoon of soda, two teaspoons of cinnamon, one teaspoon of cloves, one cup of raisins or currants, and five cups of sifted flour. Add the fruit last, rubbed in a little of the flour. Bake about one hour

With Recipes by the First Ladies of the White House, Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Louisa Catherine Adams, Mrs. Martin Van Buren, Mrs. Andrew Jackson and many others. The Recipes can be very simple with ingredients that you might have in your Pantry, or can be more Complex and Elaborated. There are Recipes for all types of Tastes and Needs: Fried Eels, Cakes without Eggs, Rum Omelet, Fresh Pork Pot-Pie, Rabbit Pie, Squirrel, Boiled Custards, Ice-Cream without a Freezer, Canned Fruits, Blackberry Wine,...to name a few, over 46 Chapters from all kinds of Food Items, and other Subjects such as:

Varieties of Seasonable Food
Management of State Dinners at White House
Preparation for the Sick
Suggestions in Regard to Health
Miscellaneous Recipes
Facts Worth Knowing
Toilet Recipes and Items
French Words in Cooking
Articles Required for the Kitchen
Dyeing or Coloring
Small Points on Table Etiquette
Dinner-Giving
Measures and Weights in Ordinary Use

And one of my Favorite Chapters: "Menus" Page after Page of Breakfast, Luncheon and Dinner Menus for the Holidays and for a Week in each Month of the Year, with so many different Ideas. "The Original White House Cook-Book" has a Collection of Black and White Pictures of Portraits of the First Ladies of the White House, The White House Kitchen, The Famous East room, The Red Room, The Blue Room among others, giving this Cook-Book another Touch of Class. I made some of the Recipes, they were easy to follow and Create and I was surprised how well the Food Items came out. According to the Publisher's Preface and I Quote: "The Book has been prepared with great care. Every Recipe has been tried and tested and it can be relied upon as one of the Best of its Kind" ...I originally Purchased this Book by Mistake and I am Glad I did. This is American History at its Best! ...Thank You D.D.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
My Grandmother was pleased to receive this version of the White House Cookbook to replace one she had lost many years ago. It has an awesome Raisin Pie recipe that she always raved about, but we had never tasted! We have now remedied that! (One note: At first, I was concerned that the fabled "Raisin Pie" recipe was missing from this version. It's not listed under "Raisin" in the appendix. But, thankfully it was found under "Lemon Raisin Pie"?!! Now you know the secret ingredient!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
Although this book is quite stunning looking with its gold foil stamped artwork on the cover and the gold gilded pages, it is not technically a faithful reprint in any sense of the word except regarding the actual text, which is all there. This edition is simply a paperback version with hard covers applied since the pages are glued in like a paperback instead of sewed into traditional signatures. For this edition of The White House Cookbook the type was entirely reset to a smaller more ornate font to reduce the number of pages used during printing. Not all of the pictures from the original made it into this edition. Especially noticeable is the missing full page picture of Francis Folsom Cleveland just before the title page, which has been moved to the center of the book for some odd reason. The picture plates of the former first ladies are not those used in the 1887 edition and have been modified or taken from a later edition of the book. The size of this book is noticeably larger than an oringal copy both in width and length and is about half the thickness of an original. If you are looking for an actual reprint of this book, either of the two earlier reprint editions will do the job. They were made from an original copy and are the same size and thickness and have the same page numbering and font as an original, but without the picture plates of the first ladies, nor hardly any other pictures either.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2006
I am not a chef on any account except the freelance sort of cooking that comes out "just right" from time to time. This book, however, has gripped my interest in antiquity rather that gastronomy. It is filled with little oddities that are no longer practiced in any kitchens that I know of.

It certainly is a fun book to browse through...and, yes, that part of a raccoon can be quite good (in accordance to the book).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
This book is really a treat! Fried mush for breakfast (with plenty of other things) and antelope for dinner! I'm really enjoying this and so are my friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
I already have the 1930's editiion and thought it would be nice to have a very early edition. If you like American history you will like it even if you are not a big cook. But it is also fun to read about what they ate years ago. There are also health and housekeeping suggestions that are fun to read. Then you can decide it they were really the good old days.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2010
I was especially happy to receive my order of the Original White House Cook Book 1887 Edition. It was exactly what I was looking for, was in excellent condition, and was promptly received. Many thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
PICTURES ARE NICE TOO.FUN READING AND COOKING SOME OF THESE THINGS!!!!! ONE GETS TO READ WHAT A DIFFERENT TIME WAS LIKE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
I bought this book so that I would know more about the history of the White House. It was a pleasing experience
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