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by Maria Willett Howard

The Walter M. Lowney Co., 1921. Hardcover. Very good. Revised edition.

One of the great turn-of-the-20th-century encyclopedic cookbooks, covering everything from soups to sauces to frozen desserts, along with a good dose of housekeeping and nutritional advice, Lowney’s Cook Book was developed and published in 1907 by the Walter H. Lowney Company of Boston, a leading manufacturer of chocolates and other confections. 

Prepared by Maria Howard—who trained with Fannie Farmer at her Boston Cooking School and who later went on to become an important teacher herself—the book sold many tens of thousands of copies and remained popular until the period after World War II. A somewhat quirky chapter entitled Creole Dishes (including jugged hare, Lady Baltimore Cake, and Mississippi Custard) earned it a bit of a southern reputation.

 This copy, the 1921 revised edition, has 50 additional recipes and 18 color plates that did not appear in the original. The copy is clean and sound with slight rubbing about the edges and corners. We have had the endpapers replaced—including a reproduction of the original advertisement found on the rear pastedown—to sturdy the binding. A nice item for those who enjoy period cookbooks.

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