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Trader Vic’s Legacy of Tiki Bars and Mai Tais

On November 17, 1934, Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr opened up Hinky Dinks with a borrowed $500. He set up across the street from his parents’ grocery store. From that single … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Antiquarian Cookbooks: A List for Hipsters

We’re not about to grow a handlebar mustache, but the hipster predilection for DIY and slow food certainly strikes a chord with us! The world of antiquarian cookbooks is full … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Drink to the History of Margaritas!

Today is ¡Cinco de Mayo! and an extremely popular way to celebrate this Mexican-American holiday is with a bowl full of tortilla chips, a side of salsa, and a pitcher … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Hoyland, Quaker Activist

Ardent abolitionists, the Quakers played an important role in ending slavery in both the Old World and the New. But they also did much to end discrimination against other minorities. … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sir Astley Cooper’s Vital Restorative: A Case Study in Patent Medicine

By the time Harvey & Co began marketing Sir Astley Cooper’s Vital Restorative in 1863, the nostrum’s namesake had been dead over two decades. But renowned surgeon Sir Astley Cooper … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Are There Medical Recipes in Antiquarian Cookbooks?

If you’ve ever perused a culinary manuscript, you may have noticed that recipes for delicious dishes are commingled with treatments for common ailments.  A recipe for roast quail might be followed … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Literary Sights of New York

Rare Book Week is well underway here in New York City, and Thursday was the opening evening for the 2014 New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which runs through Sunday. If … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment