Happy CakeBook Monday! Today's selection is Feast-Day Cakes From Many Lands. Published in 1960, it features dozens of cake (and cookie) recipes from all over the world and includes history and folklore as well. Loosely arranged by holiday, the book has the recognizable—Hot Cross Buns and King Cake—and some more usual fare such as Singin' Hinnies (like a scone) and Pope Ladies (a type of bun). Available used.
That Lady would be Eliza Leslie, one of the most popular cookery writers of the 19th century. Considered the first baking book to be published in the United States by an American author, Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats (1828) is lovely little volume. As Eliza notes in the introduction, "The receipts in this little book are, in every sense of the word, American." This holds especially true for her recipes incorporating a popular ingredient of "the new world": Indian Meal. I mentioned this book, and the Indian Meal Cake, briefly when I posted about another CakeBook Monday selection (Baking In America), but I thought her book, and her contribution to cookbooks and cookery writing, important enough to warrant her own Monday slot.
Other than the Indian Meal Cake, I have not yet baked one of her recipes from this book, though I do want to try Queen Cake out of sheer curiosity: