Hannah Glasse's "The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy" was pretty much the "Joy of Cooking" of 1776. An encyclopedia of recipes, preparation tips and household hints, it was a bestseller for nearly 100 years. Nowadays, though, a copy is hard to find. An original will cost you about $1,000. Even reprints have been scarce since the market for antique cookbooks is small.
That's why Applewood Press, a small outfit in Bedford, Mass., decided it was time for a reprint. With an introduction by noted food historian Karen Hess, it is affordably priced at $15.95, including shipping, from Food Heritage Press. If you love arcane culinary works, also check out the website at www.foodbooks.com, where you can find titles from more than 50 university presses, as well as the company's own collection of reprints.
Food Heritage Press (800) 398-4474.