1913 The Oriental Cook Book by Ardashes H. Keoleian


This is a rare first edition of The Oriental Cook Book by Ardashes H. Keoleian published by Sully & Kleinteich, New York in 1913.

This 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" 349 page hardcover is in remarkable condition for being 100 years old. There is almost no wear to the cover and inside pages. Pages are clean and have no tears or folds. 

The only major issues are a small dark spot on the cover above the title, and the inside cover has a small Gk over x11 written in pencil near the top and the front cover is loose but not totally separated. Lastly there are a couple of stains on the bottom of the closed book.  (See photos)

From the MSU digital Library

In this volume, we find authentic, traditional foods of the what the author calls "Oriental" but is actually Middle East - that is from the Balkans to Persia, and from Arabia and Egypt to the Caucasus.

The author seems to be of Armenian extraction and is "formerly of Constantinople" [Istanbul]. He may have been in the food business there, either as a professional cook or a food merchant. In fact, in the last pages of this book, he offers special oriental ingredients for which his readers can send. For example: ripe black olives from Greece, Italy and Turkey retail at 15 to 20 cents per pound, dry chick peas are 8 to 10 cents a pound, cracked wheat is 5 to 6 cents per pound and pine-cone seeds are 30 t0 35 cents per pound - all plus "an additional sum of 10 per cent of the value of the order, for packing purposes, etc."

He takes great pains to describe and introduce Middle Eastern cooking to his American audience, mentioning its long history, its economy, its simplicity of preparation, its healthful aspects and its good taste.

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