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The Vintage Bookshelf

Every year there are hundreds of new cookbooks written, yet some of the freshest, liveliest food writing can be found in books written decades (or even centuries) ago. These vintage works capture a particular time and place and deliver a (literal) taste of the past.

The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy

The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy

By Hannah Glasse

This kitchen staple written by the English author Hannah Glasse in 1747 remained a bestseller in North America and Europe for more than a century. Take a trip back in time to learn how to boil, fry, roast and make sauces, hashes, ragouts, and fricassées and all the necessary cooking skills in between, with recipes that remain accessible today.

Rufus Estes' Good Things to Eat

Rufus Estes' Good Things to Eat

By Rufus Estes

First published in 1911, Rufus Estes' Good Things to Eat is considered to be one of the first cookbooks ever written by a Black chef. Estes was born a slave, freed after the Civil War and in adulthood became a notable chef in Chicago. While working for Pullman Company railcar line he fed many of the most famous and influential people of the time. His cookbook features French recipes along with some of Estes' favorites from growing up in the South.

The Alice B Toklas Cookbook

The Alice B Toklas Cookbook

By Alice B. Toklas

Acclaimed food critic Alice B. Toklas composed much of this kitchen-themed memoir, which raised eyebrows for a hashish fudge recipe, while ridden with hepatitis. In it, she remembers a beloved childhood cook via fritters, while a meal with Picasso is recalled through a bass dish, yoking recipes to major players in her eventful life.

Honey from a Weed

Honey from a Weed

By Patience Gray

Honey From a Weed is less a cookbook than a personal recollection told through distinct food memories. Legendary author Patience Gray champions self-sufficiency and doing more with less. Her nomadic, rural life story packs in more than just traditional recipes, and you’ll be left with a changed understanding of the way we eat.

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