Eales.   Mary     - With the first recipe for ice cream
Mrs. Mary Eales's Receipts
CONFECTIONER to her late MAJESTY Queen ANNE. LONDON: Printed for J. BRINDLEY, Bookseller, at the King's Arms in New Bond-Street, and Bookbinder to Her Majesty and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; and R. MONTAGU at the General Post-Office, the Corner of Great Queen-Street, near Drury-Lane, MDCCXXXIII.
12mo. 1fep. [1] Title Page with printers device. 6p 'Contents' (1)2-100. 4p 'Other Books' advertisements. 1fep. A printers device in a line at the end of every recipe. Fully bound in dark brown contemporary calf. Spine with gilt lettering and raised bands. Some dusting and aging to all pages and very slight foxing to last two pages. A good copy of a very scarce book.
- This small book of a hundred pages is very simple, but quite elegant, with a nicely balanced and laid out title page. It is the first English cookery book to have a recipe for ice cream (pp. 92-93) Although the recipe gives no quantities nor preparation notes, and is basically cream, frozen solid (with sugar or not, with fruit of your choice, or not) there is much more emphasis on the freezing method. At the end of the recipe there is also instructions on freezing fruit juices and lemonade. More of a kid's ice-lolly than a sorbet. The first edition appeared in 1718. All copies of Mary Eales's book are much sought after and snapped up quickly when they occasionally appear on the market.

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