The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book

One of the classic cookbooks, originally published in 1896 by Fannie Farmer and quickly became a turn-of-the-century best-seller.   Farmer states in the introduction “At the earnest solicitation of educators, pupils, and friends, I have been urged to prepare this book, and I trust it may be a help to many who need its aid.  It is my wish that it may not only be looked upon as a compilation of tried and tested recipes but that it may awaken an interest through its condensed scientific knowledge which will lead to deeper thought and broader study of what to eat.” 

This cookbook is an extensive volume of over 600 pages covering cooking definitions, methods, and recipes:

  1. Food
  2. Cookery
  3. Beverages
  4. Bread and Bread Making
  5. Biscuits, Breakfast Cakes, and Shortcakes
  6. Cereals
  7. Eggs
  8. Soups
  9. Soups without Stock
  10. Soup Garnishments and Force-Meats
  11. Fish
  12. Beef
  13. Lamb and Mutton
  14. Veal
  15. Sweetbreads
  16. Pork
  17. Poultry and Game
  18. Fish and Meat Sauces
  19. Vegetables
  20. Potatoes
  21. Salads and Salad Dressings
  22. Entrees
  23. Hot Puddings
  24. Pudding Sauces
  25. Cold Desserts
  26. Ices, Ice Creams, and other Frozen Desserts
  27. Pastry
  28. Pies
  29. Pastry Desserts
  30. Gingerbreads, Cookies, and Wafers
  31. Cake
  32. Cake Fillings and Frostings
  33. Fancy Cakes and Confections
  34. Sandwiches and Canapes
  35. Recipes for the Chafing-Dish
  36. Fruits: Fresh and Cooked
  37. Jellies, Jams, and Marmalades
  38. The Canning of Fruits and Vegetables by the Open Kettle Method
  39. The Drying of Fruits and Vegetables 
  40. Helpful Hints for the Young Housekeeper
  41. Suitable Combinations for Serving
  42. Food Values

Being a classic, over 100 years old, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book is still available in reprints and as “The Original Fannie Farmer 1896 Cookbook”. 

I have included an image of the original inscription:

“Presented to my wife, as a token of my affection, on our First Wedding Anniversary, June 22, 1923.  DPL”