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The Original Whitehouse Cookbook Hardcover – January, 2003
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570 pages of excellent text, filled with great recipes, wonderful photos and illustrations. Facsimile - reprint of the 1887 book published by The Werner Company, Chicago.
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Hardback, it covers 46 different areas of cooking and etiquette for the time period. Beautifully written, one must be aware before purchasing that this is written just as it was in 1887.
So what does that mean for the modern cook? Well, it means, no temperatures are given (other than a "hot" oven, a"medium" oven, etc.) Measurements may be something as simple as a "a pinch", or a "dollop". So if you are planning on cooking any of the recipes and don't understand the measurements, you may wish to purchase a guide for conversions. Amazon.com has several when you perform a search, some as low as $3.99. Or you can get a free one here. (Simply copy, paste and print it off.) You can also google for conversions if you like (I [prefer this method.)
There are no photographs of meals, but there are of the White House dining rooms, and the First Ladies whose recipes are included.
The book has gold impressed print on the front, and the paper edges are gold leafed. This makes a beautiful collectors piece. Or a gift for the cook you love!
I rate this wonderful old book with...Five Stars...and a big...Thumbs Up!
I also give it my... Highly Recommended Award!
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