Whether there are many cookbooks in your kitchen, or just a few, you’re already a collector of cookbooks. The American tradition of these culinary companions is said to have begun in the 18th century, with the publication of Eliza Smith’s The Compleat Housewife: Or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion in 1742. This cookbook was first issued in London in 1727, where it enjoyed a popular following. Evidence has also shown that many settlers brought cookbooks with them when they came to establish the New World. For as long as people been living, working, and cooking in these United States there have been cookbooks in the kitchens.
Today this important piece of publishing history continues to find favor with cooks and collectors alike. Authors Patricia “Eddie” Edwards and Peter Peckham deliver a delightful, inspiring and fully illustrated review of the world of cookbooks in their new book, Antique Trader® Collectible Cookbooks Price Guide. As owners of OldCookbooks.com, one of the largest online bookstores (15,000+ cookbooks) and booklets) specializing in vintage, used and out-of-print cookbooks, Edwards and Peckham use their love of cookbooks to promote this exciting hobby and serve collectors and cooks. In their new book, Edwards and Peckham not only providing values and identifiable details for nearly 1,000 cookbooks and recipe booklets, but they also offer the histories behind some of the most famous recipe booklets, cookbooks, and lines of cookbooks ever made.
“Besides those who just want to find great recipes and make good things to eat, there are those who collect books based on value, and some wanting to preserve or explore a culture, a style, or a place,” the authors write in the introduction. “Others just love reading interesting cookbooks (as some do novels).”
This new book is divided into three chapters, general cookbooks, charity cookbooks and advertising recipe booklets and each section contains insightful collecting advice and tips, including:
• Try to buy books with dust jackets whenever possible. A dust jacket not only protects the book, but it often provides hard-to-find information about the author or the cookbook itself. Dust jackets are often missing from older cookbooks and, when intact, instantly add value.
• If you intend to use the cookbooks you purchase, consider buying the best copy you can afford and buying another one in marginal shape for the kitchen.
• Handwritten recipe compilations have an added feeling of authenticity often enhancing the character and desirability of a book. These are more common and especially desirable in fundraiser cookbooks.
Bottom Line: Whatever your area of interest in cookbooks, there’s plenty of room at the collecting table!
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