E. Kidder's Receipts of Pastry and Cookery, For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in Queen Street, near St. Thomas Apostles On Monday, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Afternoon …. Edward Kidder.
E. Kidder's Receipts of Pastry and Cookery, For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in Queen Street, near St. Thomas Apostles On Monday, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Afternoon …
E. Kidder's Receipts of Pastry and Cookery, For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in Queen Street, near St. Thomas Apostles On Monday, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Afternoon …

E. Kidder's Receipts of Pastry and Cookery, For the Use of his Scholars. Who teaches at his School in Queen Street, near St. Thomas Apostles On Monday, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Afternoon ….

[London: n.d., c. 1723 or after].

Later issue. [52] leaves, entirely engraved throughout, including frontispiece portrait of the author in wig (presumed 2nd state) by Robert Sheppard, and 8 engraved plates (three folding) of patterns and ornamental designs for pies and pastries. Without ad leaf found in some copies. 8vo. Contemporary paneled calf, covers tooled in blind, margin surrounding central panel painted and speckled. Rebacked, preserving original endpapers. Occasional light foxing or staining to text. ESTC T92424; Cagle 793; Axford, p. 124; Bitting, p. 259; Craig, p. 51; MacLean, p. 82; Oxford, p. 71. Item #305375

Kidder (1666-1737) ran a popular pastry school, his obituary in the London Magazine claiming that he "taught near 6000 Ladies the Art of Pastry." His school had several different locations in the 1720s and '30s, the different addresses resulting in title-page variants. All editions are undated (the date of the first edition is not known) and completely engraved — a rarity for a cookbook. The title on this copy lists Kidder's address as "Queen Street, near St. Thomas Apostles," his location from around 1723 onwards. ESTC dates this issue to 1740, though it's not clear on what evidence.
"Although Kidder ran a pastry school, his recipes covered the whole range of soups, salads, meat, fish, poultry, sauces, and jellies, as well as pies and tarts. His recipes were repeatedly plagiarized throughout the eighteenth century, yet Kidder seems not to have plagiarized recipes himself. He probably taught his students to make established favourites, so even if his Receipts may not be especially inventive, it is a valuable record of 170 standard English dishes of the day, accompanied by attractive designs for pie shapes and decorations. The first recipe for puff pastry (identical to the standard commercial product of today) to appear in print is Kidder's" (ODNB).

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