Marked down!! - Vintage Peranakan Nonya Nyonya Eurasian Local Cookbooks
Rare Opportunity - Rarely available for sale Vintage out-of-print Local Peranakan Asian Cookbooks 1. 1976 Female Cookbook featuring 75 recipes from 20 issues of pre-1976 Female magazines. All are recipes from the late Mrs Ellice Handy, ex-MGS principal, home economist and excellent cook. She was a SG Eurasian who learnt much local cooking from the European and Nonya teachers in MGS. She went on to publish "My Favourite Recipes" in 1952 to raise funds for MGS, a book that has been reprinted more than 20 times. This book contains pictures of dishes prepared by Mrs Handy herself. Rare in this day and age when many recipe book contain pictures of dishes prepared by studio assistants with limited appreciation of the historical and cultural significance of those dishes. See her Mee Siam in pic 2 - unusual use of shredded cucumber as an additional garnish! Good condition - was $38 now $19 2. SOLD - Dorothy Ng's Complete Asian Meals 1979 The late Dorothy Ng, a school teacher, was a local authority on Peranakan cooking which she learnt from her relatives and Penang Nonya Mother-in-law. This book contains all her Peranakan recipes and other Asian dishes. As far as I'm aware, this is the only existing published local cookbook with a recipe for 5 (yes, 5) cooking variations for Buah Keluak! Good Condition - $48 3. Dorothy Ng's Entertaining Cookbook 1979 Unusual for two books to be published in the same year. This version contains Nonya, Malay & Local recipes not in the other book, including Western style cakes, all in vogue 40 years ago. Of course, with pictures of dishes prepared by Dorothy herself. See the page with the rare Nonya Peranakan pineapple tarts (Kueh "Taire"), complete with the lattice patterns! Good Condition - was $48 now $19 4. Chan Sow Lin's Favourite Recipes, circa 1970s The late Ms Chan was an ex- Home Economics teacher who quit teaching to run a teaching school from her River Valley Road home, with students from expatriate families and local enthusiasts. This book contains Cantonese and local recipes, with many pictures of nostalgic dishes. Was $48 now $19 4. Zarinah Anwar's The MPH Cookbook 1978 Over 150 Indian, Malay, Chinese & local recipes by this late-housewife who learnt all her cooking from her Grandmother and relatives. Every dish is illustrated with pictures so you will know how it was meant to be prepared! Exciting! Good Condition - was $45 now $19 5. [SOLD] Mary Goei's "Inheritance from another to her children. A collection of family recipes". This is the mummy of local celebrity, Glen Goei, who wrote this collection of Peranakan and Indonesian family favourites for her 7 children in 1994. Rare glimpse into the culinary preferences of an Indonesian Peranakan family. Nice photographs of the dishes and family's Peranakan antiques like ceramics and artifacts. Self published in 1994 and so this book was never commercially distributed. Never sold in bookshops. Almost mint but with some browning commensurate with age - $48 6. Joo Chiat's Home Cooking 2003 Contains a selection of recipes from the Indian, Chinese, Malay, Eurasian and Peranakan communities who reside harmoniously with one another. Kueh Pai Tee, Curry Feng, Ter Tor Tng and Babi Assam and Puteri Salat are just some of the dishes found. Every dish is illustrated, with heartwarming stories of the contributors! 100 year-old Mrs Wee Kim Wee's classic Peranakan dish of Sayur Rampeh Masak Lemak is featured. See pic 2. The book was published by the Joo Chiat Community Club. It was never sold but limited copies were distributed to Joo Chiat residents only. Rare culinary heritage. Almost mint but with browning commensurate with age - was $48 now $24 7. SOLD Charmaine Solomaine's Southeast Asian Cookbook (1978 reprint of 1972 Edition) Ms Solomon was a Dutch Eurasian born in the former British colony of Ceylon. A excellent cook, she has presented a selection of dishes from Indian, Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, Indonesian, Malaysia &!Singapore. Nice stories and pictures. Good Condition - was $20 now $9 8. [Sold] - A Taste of Malaysia & A Taste of Hong Kong 2 recipe books published in 1982 with a selection of well known dishes from these two regions. Beautiful nostalgic pictures of the dishes. Good Condition & sold together - was $18 now $9 Feel free to contact me with any questions on a non-obligatory basis. There is so much satisfaction is reading these vintage cookbooks. It gives you a glimpse into the culinary adventures of these grandmothers and chefs almost half a century ago. It's not something that you see often in modern cookbooks. Happy Cooking! Happy Collecting!
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