I first became aware of Dover Publications when they contacted me several months ago and asked to run an ad on my site. Once I clicked over to Dover and their cookbook collection, it didn’t take long for me to answer them with a resounding Yes. I have written this post in partnership with my client, Dover Publications. They have supplied the book for the giveaway–thank you, Dover friends!
Dover Publications specializes in reprints of titles in the public domain. This means copyright has lapsed and anyone can reprint the books. Dover steps in and does it with style. You can read more about Dover in my initial post about them. (Go, because I link to their Bacon Stickers. And who doesn’t love bacon stickers, right?!) I also invite you to click on the ad I’m running for them at the top of my sidebar. Click through and use the coupon code on the ad to enjoy a 25% savings on all their cookbook titles through the end of the year.
Dover Publications and The Evolution of the Cook
One of the aspects of the Dover Publications cookbooks I really appreciate is the history encompassed by the collection as a whole. Titles range from those written in the late 1700’s and into the 1800’s–The First American Cookbook: A Facsimile of “American Cookery” 1796, The Virginia Housewife, or The Methodical Cook, Fannie Farmer Original 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book–on into the 1900’s with historically significant titles such as Rufus Estes’ Good Things to Eat: The First Cookbook by an African American Chef (1911) and Ruth Wakefield’s Toll House Tried and True Recipes (reprint of the 1948 edition), Dover Publications cookbooks trace the evolution of cooking at home, as “cookery” books morphed from instructions for servants into sharing some pretty showstopping recipes for the gourmand as cooking came into vogue. It’s also interesting to be able to trace ingredient, technique and cultural trends over the decades and even centuries: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband: With Bettina’s Best Recipes (originally published in 1911), Rose Recipes from Olden Times (1939 edition), The Souffle Cookbook (1954), to name just three.
Cookbooks really are a reflection of the time, trends, and styles which were popular when they were published. At some point, we will find books focusing on cake pops or sheet pan dinners or spiralized recipes to be just as quaint as we now find some of Dover’s historical titles.
Take Your Books Into the Kitchen Where They Belong
If you are lucky enough to have first editions or early printings of any of the above titles, or any Dover title, chances are you treat it with kid gloves. You may not even ever open it, because you are afraid–and rightly so–of damaging an irreplaceable treasure. The beauty of Dover Publications titles are that they keep all the content and reprint it in its entirety and allow you to take them into the kitchen and let them be cookbooks and not just conversation pieces. The prices are so reasonable, if one of your Dover titles ever met with an untimely demise–an accidental dunk in the stock pot or an unfortunate blender incident–you can easily replace it through their website. I cannot stress how important this is for folks who collect historical cookbooks. By all means, find your signed copies, your first editions, your great-grandmother’s cracked-spined, coffee-stained copies, and keep them safe. Treasure them. And then purchase the same titles from Dover, who has breathed new life into historical cookbooks. Take them with you into the kitchen, and let them be cookbooks and not untouchable treasures.
Dover is About More Than Just Cooking
While I am naturally drawn to Dover Publications’ cookbook section, Dover offers reprints in dozens of categories including Arts, Crafts, History, Mathematics, Origami, Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Travel and Adventure and more. Teachers and Home Schoolers can find resources at all levels, from Pre-K to 12th grade. Currently, they’re featuring their Halloween collection of coloring books, activity books, stickers, temporary tattoos, and even vampire paper dolls!
Win a Dover Publications Cookbook Title
Dover sent me two of their titles for review, Fannie Farmer Original 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book and Toll House Tried and True Recipes. Both are faithful reproductions of the original editions (1896 edition of Fannie Farmer and 6th edition, 1948 printing of Toll House). The Fannie Farmer title contains an introduction to the Dover Edition by Jan Bluestein Longone complete with bibliography. The Toll House volume contains a reprint of the Forward by Ruth Graves Wakefield as well as “Points to Remember” in the Preface. My favorite point: “Bad Luck” is blamed for much waste. You can eliminate most failures by letting rules replace guesswork!”(Exclamation point added by me!)
Both volumes have many of the other cookbook titles printed inside both the front and back covers as well as a “Catalog of Selected Dover Books in All Fields of Interest” in the back 3so you can start shopping for your next titles right away. Their offerings are truly diverse and niche. You really must take a look.
Today, I want to give you a chance to own the Dover Publications cookbook title of your choosing!
You have several ways of entering the giveaway, including pinning this image, so look for instructions in the widget below the image:
Please enter through the rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entry is a visit to Dover Publications cookbook section and your comment telling me what book you want. This is very important, because whatever you say in your comment is the book you will receive from Dover.
Giveaway runs from today, October 13, 2016 at 8am through 8pm on October 26, 2016. Prize is provided by Dover Publications (thank you Dover), and the giveaway is open to folks in the US. The winner will be drawn using a random number generator. Good luck, and thank you so much for reading today. I can’t wait to hear what titles pique your interest–so many fun ones to choose from!