The following books cover mostly British India and Africa, but some  deal with French Southeast Asia, as well as Hawaii.

A.C.S. Memsahib’s Book of Cookery (India, 1894)

Adams, Wanda A. The Island Plate: 150 Years of Recipes and Food Lore from the Honolulu Advertiser (Waipahu, 2006)

Aldrich, Robert. Greater France: A History of French Overseas Expansion. (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996)

Allee, Hadjee. Receipts for Cooking the Most Favorite Dishes, in General Use in India (1850?)

Allen, Charles, ed. Plain Tales from the Raj (New York, 1976 — this is not a food book as such, but there is a chapter on the army mess.)

Anon. Dainty Dishes for Indian Tables (Calcutta, 1879)

Anon. Manual of Military Cooking and Dietary (London, 1933)

The Anglo-Hindoostanee Handbook (1850 — available on Google Books)

Atkinson, George Franklin. Curry and Rice on Forty Plates (London, 1859)

Barnes, Mrs. A. R. The Colonial Household Guide (Cape Town, 1890 — reprinted as Where the Lion Roars, 2006)

Barr, Pat. The Memsahibs (New Delhi, 1976)

Bartley, Mrs. J. Indian Cookery “General” for Young Housekeepers (Bombay, 1901, 4th edition)

Benedictine Sisters of Peking.  The Art of Chinese Cooking (Beijing, 1956)

Bond, Ruskin and Saili, Ganesh. The Landour Cookbook: Over Hundred Years of Hillside Cooking (New Delhi, 2001 — originally published in 1930)

La bonne cuisine aux tropiques : a simplified and abbreviated treatise on foods and their cooking as they are prepared in some tropical countries, especially Mauritius = traite simplifie et abrege des substances alimentaires et la facon de les preparer dans certains pays tropicaux, specialement a l’ile Maurice / produced in English and in French with a glossary in Hindustani by W.B. Collingridge. (Port Louis, 1954 — English text on left page, French text on right.)

Bradley, E. G. A Household Book for Tropical Colonies (London, 1948)

Bregion, Joseph and Miller, Anne. The Practical Cook, English and Foreign (London, 1845 — available on Google Books)

Brennan, Jennifer. Curries & Bugles: A Memoir & Cookbook of the British Raj (Boston, 2000)

Burke, W. S. Every-day Menus for Indian Housekeepers (Calcutta, 1909, 3rd edition)

Burton, David. French Colonial Cookery (Faber & Faber, 2000)

Byrde, Mrs. Bread, Butter, Pastries and Cakes in India and the Colonies (Calcutta, 1916)

Carne, Lucy. Simple Menus and Recipes for Camp, Home and Nursery (Calcutta, 1919)

Central Union Church, Honolulu, Woman’s Society. Hawaiian Cook Book (Honolulu, 1882)

Chataway, Mrs. N. The Bulawayo Cookery Book (Bulawayo, Rhodesia, 1909)

Chota Sahib. Camp Recipes for Camp People (Madras, 1890)

Collingham, Lizzie. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors (Oxford, 2007)

Cook, G. H. The English-Indian Cookery Book (Agra, c. 1904)

Cooking with Bullets

Cordon Bleu. L’Art d’accommoder le riz: Petit Recueil de Recettes Pratiques pour mettre en valeur et faire apprecier un excellent Produit Colonial Français (Paris, 1931).

Crozier, Anna. Practising Colonial Medicine: The Colonial Medical Service in British East Africa (London, 2007)

Denning, Mrs. Margaret B. Dainty Cookery for the Home (Madras, 1911, 3rd edition)

Dey, Mrs. Indian Cookery and Confectionery (Calcutta, 1942)

Domestic Economy, and Cookery, for Rich and Poor, by a Lady (London, 1827 — available on Google Books)

Duckitt, Hildegonda. Hilda’s “Where is it?” of Recipes (London, 1891)

The Economical Cookery Book for India (Calcutta, 1920)

Favorite Recipes from the Abqaiq Woman’s Group (Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, 1953)

Fay, Eliza. Original Letters from India (London, 1986)

Firth, Alys. Dainty Cookery for Camp and Other Recipes (Benares, 1905)

Framji, Navroji. Indian Cookery “Local” for Young Housekeepers (Bombay, 1883)

Franklin, E. A. M. The Wife’s Cookery Book (Madras, 1906)

Gilmore, Mary. The Worker Cook Book (Sydney, 1914)

Gordon, Constance E. Anglo-Indian Cuisine (Khana Kitab) (Calcutta, 1913)

Hervey, Henrietta A. Anglo-Indian Cookery at Home: A Short Treatise for Returned Exiles by the wife of a retired Indian Officer (London, 1895)

Hulton, Blanche.  Curry Recipes: Selected from the Unpublished Collection of Sir Ranald Martin and by Mrs. Jessop Hulton (London, 1938)

The Indian Cookery Book (Calcutta, 1880 — available on Google Books and Gutenberg)

Kenney-Herbet, Colonel. Wyvern’s Indian Cookery Book (Madras, 1869) (Look for this also under the following: Wyvern, Culinary Jottings: a treatise … reformed cookery for Anglo-Indian rites (1885 — available via the Internet Archive and Google Books)

Kerab. Indian Dishes for English Tables (London, 1910)

Khan, S. N. M. The Finest Indian Muslim Cooking (London, 1934)

Kohlhoff, C. C. Indian Cookery and Domestic Recipes (Madras, 1906, 2nd edition)

LeLan, Victor. Le Jardinage au Tonkin: Legumes indigènes & recettes pour les accommoder au goût français (Hanoi, 1916).

L. V. Indian Chutneys, Pickles and Preserves (Calcutta, 1914)

MacLeod, M. A. The Home Cookery Book for Burma (Rangoon: American Baptist Mission Press, 1903).

The Madras Cookery Book (Madras, 1927)

Making Colonial Beer and Wine

Maze, Lady and Bowden, Mrs. V. G. Bon Appétit: Secrets from Shanghai Kitchens (Shanghai, 1940)

Midgley, Janet.  Food for Today and Tomorrow: New & Improved Basutoland Cookery Book (Maseru, Basutoland, 1951)

Muskett, Philip and Wicken, Mrs. H. The Art of Living in Australia: Together with Three Hundred Australian Cookery Recipes and Accessory Kitchen Information (London, 1893)

Nguyen Lan Chi. Sach Day Nau Mon An Tay (A How-to Book on French Dishes) (Saigon, c.1968 — written decades ago, this thick volume contains information on French ingredients, cooking methods and cultural values.)

Nhã, Mlle. La Cuisine de Cô-Nhã: pour manger sain; pour manger bon; pour manger à bon marché (Annam, 1944)

Noter, R. de (preface by Paul Reboux). La Bonne cuisine aux colonies: Asie – Afrique – Amerique: 400 recettes exquises ou pittoresques (Paris, 1931)

Old Lady Resident, An. The Original Madras Cookery Book (Madras, 1874)

Querillac, Anne, ed. Cuisine coloniale: Les bonnes recettes de Chloé Mondésir (Paris, 1931).

Rabette, Catherin. La cuisine exotique chez soi, avec des souvenirs gastronomiques recueillis (Paris, 1931).

Rankin, Louise. An American Cookbook for India Calcutta (London,193-)

Rea, Pat and Ting, Regina. A Hundred Years of Island Cooking (Honolulu, 1991)

Riddell, R. Indian Domestic Economy and Receipt Book (1860 — available on Google Books)

Quanoon-e-Islam (few recipes from p. xxix, 1863 —  available from Google Books)

St. Andrew’s Church Woman’s Guild. The Kenya Settlers’ Cookery Book and Household Guide (Nairobi, 1928)

“Shalot.” Things for the Cook (Calcutta, 1914, 2nd edition)

Shelton, Mrs. A. K. Dainty Confections: 400 Splendid Recipes for Puddings, Bread, Cakes and Sweets (Calcutta, 1918)

Smith, Elder. The Englishwoman in India: containing information for the use of ladies proceeding to, or residing in, the East Indies, on the subjects of their outfit, furniture, housekeeping . To which are added receipts for Indian cookery, by a lady resident. (recipes p 115 et seq, 1864 — available on Google Books)

Spry, Angela. The Mem Sahibs Book of Cookery (Allahabad, 1894)

Steel, F. A. and Gardiner, G. The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (Bombay 1893; available on Google Books)

Temple-Wright, Mrs. R. Baker and Cook: A Domestic Manual for India (1894, 2nd edition)

Terry, Richard. Indian Cookery (London, 1861)

Tew, Muriel R. Cooking in West Africa: A Colonial Guide (Reprint: Jeppestown Press, 2007)

Vincent, Adebisi. A Cookery Book for the Tropics (London, 1962)

The Warren Hastings Book of Indian Condiments (Calcutta, 1917)

Yule, H., Colonel, and Burnell, A. C. Hobson-Jobson. A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases (London, 1985)

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