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Great big 1950s cooking encyclopedia, filled with photos, diagrams, recipes, and instructions, organizing in a handy A - Z format:

The Wise Encyclopedia of Cookery
An Encyclopedia Handbook for the Homemaker
Wise & Co., New York, 1952
Hardcover with dustjacket.
1300 pages.

9" x 6.5" x 3"

New! Different! Fascinating! Far Surpasses Anything of Its Kind Ever Published! So reads the flap of this absolutely enormous mid century cookbook and kitchen reference. From A to Z in more than 1300 pages on food and drink, with photos in scrumptious 1950s saturated color. Amazing information, including the explanation for Hoe Cake, the definition of a Red Swizzle, how many different kinds of flour there are?, what beverages to serve when, and how to roast woodcock. It's all here.

Excellent condition. Dustcover has some flaws but inside is in fine shape. Bookboards are very very clean with only very minor softening at edge. Looks like it was hardly used. This is a rare edition with a binding error in two pages, which were bound with the endges folded back in the frostings to fruit cups sections. A super addition to a kitchen library or a great gift.

vintage 1950s cookbook. The Wise Encyclopedia of Cookery, illustrated. Huge mid century cookbook and kitchen reference


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, ink, card stock, dustjacket, book boards
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 33 reviews
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