Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

J.W. Colton's Choice Cooking Recipes Select Flavors and Preparations


The front cover shows an ornate gilt and red frame. Inside the the frame, red, white and black lettering lists the agency cities, followed by the company name (J.W. Colton's)across the top of the cover. The title of the pamphlet, "Choice Cooking Recipes, Select Flavors and Preparations," is written angled to the right. The bottom of the page explains the products are sold by grocers and druggists, with a single store highlighted below. A hole at the top right of the pamphlet indicates where a string may have been tied. The back cover has a simpler gilt and red lined frame around a black and white drawing of the Colton's laboratory and home depot. Pedestrians, as well as horses and buggies are shown outside the building. The inside front cover indexes the cooking recipes inside the pamphlet. The inside of the back cover begins with a promotion of the Colton's Select Flavors on the top of the page, followed by a full calendar for 1881-82. An offer for a free copy of "Colton's Choice Cook Book" by mail is written on the right and left sides of the calendar. The interior of the pamphlet alternates between recipes such as; imperial cake, raised doughnuts, veal loaf, lemon jelly, cream cakes, ice cream, chicken salad, graham bread, and promotions for Colton's products. The promotions often have black and white drawings of the product bottles. There is also a scene of a group of people around a table suffering from various illnesses and then a second drawing of the same people after they have been cured by Colton's Nervine Strengthening Bitters. Testimonials from several hotels are also listed on a separate page.

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Colton's

Publisher: J.W. Colton (Westfield, Mass)


30 p.

14.6 x 9.5 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: J.W. Colton's Choice Cooking Recipes Select Flavors and Preparations. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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