One of the major figures of cooking in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sarah Tyson Rorer (1849-1937) was instrumental in the development of domestic science in America. While still in her thirties, she began to teach cooking and went on to establish the Philadelphia Cooking School in the early 1880s. Rorer travelled extensively around the country, drawing huge crowds for her Chautauqua lectures and her classes. In 1904 she held a number of immensely popular cooking demonstrations at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Also active in the magazine world, she wrote regular columns and served for many years as food editor at the Ladies’ Home Journal, later occupying a similar post at Good Housekeeping. Above all, however, she was a prolific producer of cookbooks, many of them dealing with single subjects such as oysters or chafing dish cookery.
This book, published in 1912, is a revised edition of Sarah Tyson Rorer’s New Salads (1897). Mrs. Tyson (1849-1937) was for many years regarded as one of the three or four leading writers and cooking teachers in America. Born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she achieved a level of fame on a par with Fannie Farmer, when, for many years, she served as the food editor of the Ladies’ Home Journal. She wrote a score of single-subject books, including this enlarged version of her earlier book on the subject.
Always inventive, here she became outright daring, adding such exotics as Bermuda salad, made with baked (and then chilled) onions, lettuce, sardines, and hard-boiled eggs; Swedish carrot salad, made with pecans; Jerusalem artichoke salad, with finely chopped celery, capers, and onion juice; goose salad served in hollowed-out red apples. Not all of them to everyone’s taste, but there are many to choose from.
This copy, handsomely typeset and printed at The Sign of the Ivy Leaf, Sansom Street, Philadelphia, has a clean fresh interior, unmarked, except for previous owner’s recipes and comments written in pencil on eight of the ten blanks set aside for that purpose. The exterior of the book is not so very pretty. The dark green cloth binding has some color irregularities, as well as a quarter-sized bleached out area on the front, where, apparently, an effort was made to wash or erase some sort of blemish. Against all this, however, this book is attractively inscribed on the front free endpaper: Winifred Bryan, with best wishes of the author, Sarah Tyson Rorer, 1915. A rare treat!