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by The Frigidaire Corporation

Frigidaire Corporation, 1928. Hardcover. Very Good.

Produced a decade after electrically operated refrigerators began to become common in homes, this charming book is an early example of electric appliance recipe manuals. 

The debut of a new type of appliance has inevitably been followed by cookbooks dedicated to its use (cf. microwaves and Instant Pots). Eventually the novelty wears off and the poor gadget is either relegated to the back of the cupboard or becomes so commonplace that there is no real question on what it's for or how to use it. The refrigerator clearly falls in the latter category.

Quaint as it may be now, it’s not hard to imagine how thrilling it could be to make and keep ice creams at home—or ice for that matter, for which there are three recipes here and instructions on how to unmold the tray. Even leftovers show new potential, incentivizing leaving a little extra for new meals later in the week.

In any case, cold, crisp, and fresh is the name of the game, so desserts, salads, and beverages feature heavily.

We’re pleased to offer the original 1928 edition of this book, pleasantly bound in salmon-colored cloth with a thin brown paper jacket. Attractively illustrated. Very Good, save for a creased front free endpaper and splitting at the front hinge. 5.5” x 8.5”, 77 pages with 3 unnumbered blanks with the heading, “Delightful frozen dainties of your own.”

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