Working primarily as a chef, Thomas J. Murrey (b. mid-19th century) was hotel caterer for the Astor House in New York, the Continental Hotel in Philadelphia, and other prestigious establishments; he was, however, also a highly enterprising food writer, who, between about 1885 and the early 1890s, produced ten highly popular single-subject titles. These attractive little books, 4 x 6 inches, appeared in a variety of bindings, but the most common design was a trim three-piece paper-over-boards, each with an appealing picture on the cover relating to the subject of that volume.
Murrey’s ten titles were as follows: Breakfast Dainties, 50 Salads, The Book of Entrées, Practical Carving, Luncheon, Cookery for Invalids, 50 Soups, Oysters and Fish, Cooking with a Chafing Dish, and Valuable Cooking Recipes. We’re pleased to have found several of these to offer.
This is the 1889 printing of an 1885 title. A good sturdy volume, clean, sound binding. Front panel moderately rubbed and age-soiled; a small sticker on the lower right of the panel does not cover any type or artwork. From fruits, bread, and egg dishes to hominy fritters and mutton chops.