Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

How To Use American Lye

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The cover has the title, "How To Use American Lye." in black outlined lettering on a gray background. A color drawing of the American Lye trademark is in the center above "The Old Standard American High Test Lye" and the company's name and address. A horizontal striped gray and black border has six circles with drawings of product uses. The back cover has the same border around a color drawing of a can of American Lye. The front end page shows a hand pouring contents from a can of American lye below "Standard of Purity; High Test and Uniformity Maintained by 67 Years of Lye Manufacturing Experience." At the bottom is copyright information. The back end page is an advertisement for The Old Standard American High-Test Lye. The title page has a box around "Valuable Recipes and Suggestions for Soapmaking and Many Other Uses for American Lye. At the bottom is Printed by William H. Pool Co., Chicago, Est. 1897. A forward and an Index precede instructions for using American Lye for making soap, cleaning a myriad of items in the house, on farms and in business, and in food preparation (removing fruit skins, curing olives, preparing hominy). There is a description of American Lye in Spanish, french, Italian, German, Polish and Swedish. The last page tells how to treat lye burns. The centerfold has a black-and-white drawing of the American Lye plant in Wyandotte, Michigan.

Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Printer: William H. Pool Co. (Chicago, Ill.)

Brand Name: American Lye

Publisher: Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.)


56 p.

16.2 x 10.8 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: How To Use American Lye. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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