Whistler's Mother's Cookbook
Whistler's Mother's Cookbook contains 89 recipes from painter James Whistler's mother that were document in a small book he kept. These recipes were published here for all to enjoy.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 144 pages (small book).
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Author: Margaret MacDonald
Description: James McNeill Whistler's best-known painting is the beautiful portrait of his mother, Anna McNeill Whistler. Among the books, letters and private papers from Whistler's estate -- bequeathed by his sister-in-law to Glasgow University -- is a little manuscript book of recipes which his mother had kept for many years and which Whistler irreverently called her "Bible."
For the first time, 89 of these recipes, including supper dishes, main dishes, soups, desserts, and preserves, are published with explanations by Margaret MacDonald -- the compiler of a catalogue raisonne of Whistler's works -- who also contributes a fascinating account of the Whistler household in America, Russia and Britain, showing the keen interest of both Mrs. Whistler and her famous son in food.
Among the illustrations are some of Whistler's most evocative drawings and prints on the subjects of eating and cooking in the late nineteenth century, as well as some of his own menus -- bearing his personal butterfly emblem -- for his famous Sunday breakfasts, which frequently featured dishes from his mother's recipe book. The recipes appear here both as Mrs. Whistler set them down and in edited versions to make them practical for the modern cook. Whistler's Mother's Cookbook is a unique presentation: a feast of Victorian cooking with an American touch.
Condition: Ink inscription to owner on opening page. Clear tape on front cover (bottom edge) and interior flaps. Further good condition.
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