UC Davis Library Timeline – 2008: UC Davis Centennial Book

In 2008 the UC Davis Centennial book–Nuevo Y Sencillo Arte De Cocina, Reposteria Y Refrescos by Antonia Carrillo–was acquired.

NUEVO Y SENCILLO ARTE DE COCINA, REPOSTERIA Y REFRESCOS, DISPUESTO POR UNA MEXICANA Y ESPERIMENTADO POR PERSONAS INTELEGENTES ANTES DE DARSE A LA PRENSA. TOMOS I-II. México, Imprenta de Santiago Pérez, 1836. 2 vols., 252; 166, (25)p., A very important cookbook cited in “Que Vivan Los Tamales.” A few years after El Cocinero Mexicano, 1831, appeared, the Nuevo y sencillo arte de cocina (New and Simple Art of Cooking) advertised recipes specifically “accommodated to the Mexican palate.” These recipes are definitely Mexican and to some extent Spanish. The influence of French and Continental cuisine so common in late 19th Century cook books is not yet apparent. It was not noted, however that the author was a female and this only becomes evident when we see that the 3rd edition published in 1865 gives Antonia Carillo as the author. This book is a rare example illustrating early “new world” food and wine types written by a female author during an era when female authors are not common.

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