8vo, pp. 32, [2 (ads)], 33-64, [16 (blank, annotated)], 65-117, [1 (blank)], with 4 pp. printed advertisements as endpapers (perhaps lacking front free endpaper); advertisements with woodcut illustrations; lightly browned, a small marginal chip to rear free endpaper, otherwise a very good copy; in the publisher’s black cloth, title blocked in white to upper cover; covers very lightly worn; early twentieth-century pencil inscription of Mary Swoboda to title (‘Mary Swoboda // 477 So 14 St // Lincoln // Nebr.’) with a few pencil markings and 14 pp. of recipes added in pencil, nineteenth-century photograph of a boy (24 x 18 mm, lower corner chipped) and contemporary advertisement for shredded wheat (printed in blue and orange on pink-backed paper) loosely inserted.
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Twentieth Century Cook Book … published by the Ladies Mite Society, St. Pauls Church, Lincoln.
First and only edition of a very scarce Nebraska recipe book, printed for the Ladies Mite Society in Lincoln, Nebraska, with additional recipes added in manuscript by a local resident. The broad range of recipes is gathered from many contributors who, other than Mrs J.E. Baum of Omaha and Mrs W.A. Metcalf of St Louis, are surely local women and members of the Ladies Mite Society. Though unidentified, it is possible that the ‘M.A.H.S.’ (one of few contributors to withhold her name), who suggests recipes for ‘Boston Brown Bread’ and ‘Pork Cake’, is in fact the Mary Swoboda who here annotates the texts and adds additional recipes.
Among the additional manuscript recipes are ‘Angle [angel?] food Cake’ and ‘Devils food Cake’ (over 2 pp., with filling and coconut balls), a chocolate cake, ‘Golden Cake’, ‘White Cake’, and ‘Swans Down white cake’, ‘Seven Minute icing’, several cookies (including one filled with figs and raisins), ‘Rolled Oats Cakes’ and ‘Dropped Oatmeal Cookies’, two gingerbreads, puddings (cottage, chocolate, and pineapple), and salads, salad dressings, and pickles.
OCLC finds only one copy, at Harvard.
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