101 Epicurean Thrills

by david on 16 July 2010

Beginning in 1902, May E. Southworth wrote a series a cookbooks for Paul Elder, each containing one hundred and one recipes. Elder, who enjoyed giving most everything a special title, named the series “101 Epicurean Thrills”. They sold well and many were reprinted into the early 1910s. Most memorably, they each have whimsical cover artwork by an unidentified artist. Most commonly seen in paper wraps, each title was also sold in cloth over boards. The twelve titles are:

  • 101 Beverages
  • 101 Candies
  • 101 Chafing-Dish Recipes
  • 101 Desserts
  • 101 EntrĂ©es
  • 101 Layer Cakes
  • 101 Mexican Dishes
  • 101 Oyster Recipes
  • 101 Salads
  • 101 Sandwiches
  • 101 Sauces
  • 101 Ways of Serving Oysters

In 1914, Southworth followed up the series with a cookbook entitled Midnight Feasts: 202 Salads and Chafing-Dish Recipes.

101 Candies

101 Candies

101 Candies cover cloth

Alternate cloth cover of "101 Candies"

101 Chafing

101 Chafing Dish Recipes

101 Desserts

101 Desserts

101 Entrees

101 Entrees

101 Mexican Dishes

101 Mexican Dishes

101 Salads

101 Salads

101 Sandwiches

101 Sandwiches, with the 1902 version of the cover artwork. This may be the earliest book in the series, as I haven't seen any other title with this cover style.

101 Sandwiches

101 Sandwiches with the revised cover artwork, in cloth over boards

101 Layer Cakes cloth

101 Layer Cakes, cloth over boards

101 Oyster Recipes

101 Oyster Recipes

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