Елена Ивановна Молоховец. Подарок молодым хозяйкам. Elena Ivanovna Molokhovets. A Gift to Young Housewives. NY: Martianoff Publishers, n.d (but is usually attributed to 1930, but is probably later). 394 pages. Green cloth hardcover with gilt titles on cover and spine. Top edge dusty, no marks or names. In very good condition. 1 copy only.
Note: text is in Russian and in the Old Orthography.
Apparently Martianoff photocopied an early, pre-Russian orthography reform edition for his publication. Lots of black and white photo illustrations. The best-selling Russian cookbook of the 19th century, and usually referred in shorthand as "Molokhovets", it is still in print and prized today. It was originally published as a manual to help young housewives manage their household. Elena Molokhovets firmly and selflessly believed that she contributed a “Gift” to help young housewives to avoid domestic conflicts and develop strong family relationships. Molokhovets revised the book continually between 1861 and 1917. Today it is seen as a valuable history of Russian cooking.
Nicholas Martianoff (1893-1984), born in Siberia, was an officer in the Russian Imperial Army. He escaped to the US after his arrest in a plot to kill Lenin. He was a publisher of Russian language books as well as the business manager of the NYC newspaper 'Novoye Russkoye Slovo' (Новое Русское Слово).