Title: The P. D. & Co. Keystone Cook Book
Book Condition: Good+
Publisher: Philadelphia Paine, Diehl & Co. 1888
Seller ID: 39654
85 pages; Contents unmarked, shallow marginal stain at lower edge of rear pages. Pictorial light green wrappers are rubbed and soiled with some chipping. Front wrapper shows a woman standing at a table in her kitchen using a Keystone Beater with a large fireplace and tall cabinet in the background with the phrase: "Better the Utensil; Better the Cook." OCLC: 166594332 Illustrated with images of the Keystone Beater and the Keystone Ice Cream Freezer manufactured by Paine, Diehl & Co. The Keystone beater was invented and patented in 1885 by Edwin Baltzley, who was then working for Senater John Sherman of Ohio. In response to complaints from his wife Edith about the difficulty of whipping by hand and the miserable performance of the beaters then available, Baltzley developed a working prototype and applied for a patent. The product was immensely successful both as a kitchen appliance and as a tool for pharmacists. From the Introduction: "Beating with the Keystone Beaters, in the culinary art, is half the art itself. It is a revolution in cooking equal to that of sewing with a sewing machine. ... The central principle of beating is imprisoned in a simple and inexpensive device which at once becomes TEN MACHINES IN ONE: Cake Beater, Churn, Egg-Beater, Ice Cream Freezer, Fruit-Whip, Light Dough-Kneader, Cream-Whip, Drink Mixer, Potato Masher and Vegetable Whip; each perfect in the work it performs." Also includes testimonials for their Self-Pouring Tea Pots. Recipes for breads, muffins, cakes, Charlotte Russe, Meringues, Cheese Souffles, Sauces, Custards, Ice Creams, Oyster Croquettes, Creamed Spinach, and much more. An interesting and quite charming evocation of innovation in the kitchen in the later 19th century.
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