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(Arcata) Cook Book by the Ladies’ Sewing Circle of the First Presbyterian Church of Arcata.

White boards printed in blue. First Edition. Arcata: Arcata Union Print, 1902.

WorldCat finds only one copy in U.S. libraries. Advertising matter of local merchants interspersed throughout text. Includes a list of members of the sewing circle and an index of contributors and recipes. Scarce. Glozer 16, Cook p.27. $1,200.

(Asian) Kwon, George I. and Pacifico Magpiong. Oriental Culinary Art: an Authentic Book of Recipes from China, Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

Dark blue cloth. First Edition. Los Angeles: George Kwon, 1933.

There are 115 pages in this early book on Oriental cooking. Not listed in the Library of Congress catalogue. Possibly the second Asian-American cookbook and the first to include Korean and Filipino recipes. The authors were apparently college buddies, both 1932 graduates of UCLA with degrees in History and Political Science, who worked at menial jobs during the Depression – the Korean-born Kwon as a grocery store clerk, the Filipino Magpiong as waiter in a café (though, oddly, he lived in Beverly Hills).The book reads from the back to the front in an unusual format. A bit of foxing, else very good. Bitting 266. $175. SOLD

(Bakersfield) Ladies Auxiliary to the Order of Railway Conductors of America (!). Cook Book: Tested Recipes.

56 pp. Local ads. Blue printed wrappers. First Edition. Bakersfield: 1948.

A compilation of recipes reflected the diversity of Bakersfield: Chop Suey Pickles, Southern Candied Yams, Avocado & Pineapple Salad, Enchiladas, Hot Tamales, Betty’s Duck Spaghetti, etc. Very good. $25. SOLD

(Benicia) Civic League Cook Book.

Printed wrappers. Benicia: Benicia Civic League, c.1910.

Likely Benicia’s first cookbook, with recipes for prune jam for sandwiches, ginger snaps, nut brittle, bridesmaid cake, etc. Very good and quite scarce. $100. SOLD

(Berkeley) Berkeley Women’s City Club Recipes.

292 pp. Replete with ads for Berkeley businesses, some pictorial, as well as frontis. image of the club. Dec. wrappers. First Edition. Berkeley: Berkeley Women’s City Club, c.1930’s.

The Berkeley Women's City Club building was designed by one of their members, architect Julia Morgan (student of Bernard Maybeck and notably Berkeley’s most famous architect). The building was completed in 1929 and the book was probably published in the early 1930's. Recipes from members include Hodge Podge Pudding with Panocha Sauce, stuffed Italian squash, Outdoor Fireplace Dish, Tahoe Stew, Tamale Loaf, etc. Some creasing to covers, else very good. $150. SOLD

(Berkeley) Phillips, Berdine. Recipes Used in Home Owned Business Cooking School.

Replete with ads for Berkeley businesses. Printed blue wrappers. Berkeley: Home-Owned Businesses of Berkeley, 1936.

Creasing to covers, else very good. $35. SOLD

(Berkeley) Priscilla Club of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. The Priscilla Cook Book.

240 pp. Pictorial white boards. First Edition. Berkeley: James Gillick, 1923.

The Priscilla Club, founded in 1921 by Mrs. Joseph Furtado, published this cookbook to benefit the building fund of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Fine and bright; scarce thus. Glozer 28. $200. SOLD

(Berkeley) The Twentieth Century Cook Book.

154 pp. White boards lettered in green. First Edition. Berkeley: A. Newman, 1914.

The Twentieth Century Club of Berkeley was founded on December 13, 1904 by Mrs. H. N. Baldwin, with the "advancement in all lines of general culture and the creation of a greater interest in whatever is for the good of the community" as their goal. The proceeds of this 1912 cookbook went to building their clubhouse, at 2716 Derby Street, which was erected the following year. The club remained incorporated until 1989. A bit of rubbing to spine ends; upper corner of front free endpaper clipped, else near fine, with some wonderful pictorial ads for Berkeley businesses. Glozer 325; Glozer p.34. $200. SOLD

Callahan, Genevieve. Sunset All-Western Cook Book.

Cloth-backed pictorial stiff wrappers. First Edition. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1933.

SIGNED by Callahan on the front free endpaper. This is the first appearance of the Sunset cookbook. Green cloth cover decorated softcovers illustrated by Heath Anderson. Near fine. $95.

(Cal-Mex) Manners, Marian. Mexican Dishes: Dishes of the Dons.

25 pp., printed with illustrations. in red & green. Souvenir booklet from Richfield Oil. [Los Angeles]: Richfield Oil, 1933.

California Mexican Cook Book.

14 pp., printed with illustrations. in red & green. Souvenir booklet from Ortega's California Chiles. Los Angeles: E.C. Ortega Co., 1934.

Albodingas, Stuffed Green Chile Peppers, Chili & Beans ("Will Rogers' favorite"), Chalupe, Colache, etc. Very good condition. $25 together. SOLD

(Cal-Mex) Ynez Pinto, Sra. Teresa. Dainty Spanish Dishes from Sunny California.

Rope-bound pictorial stiff wrappers. First Edition. Oakland: Claremont Publishing, 1914.

Minor rubbing, string tie lacking, else near fine, with authentic recipes for Torta de Pescado Bacallao, Salsa de Chile Colorado, Pan de Manteca, Capirotada, Enchiladas, etc. $65. SOLD

(Carpinteria) Ward, E.A., ed. Carpinteria Cook Book: Selected Recipes, 1925, Contributed by the Women of the Community.

116 pp. Illus. with numerous local ads. Perfect-bound dec. printed wrappers. Carpinteria: Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1925.

Asparagus timbals, Spanish rice, Aunt Ida’s marmalade, Lucia’s cucumber pickle, spiced figs, and several tamale pies, are among the Southern California recipes herein. Small paper loss to upper front wrapper, else very good. $60. SOLD

(Chico) Gordon, Mrs. G.A., ed. Our Best Recipes.

74 pp. Gilt-lettered blue wrappers. First Edition. Chico: Fourth Division of the Mite Society of the Presbyterian Church, 1913.

Deviled crab, oyster cocktail, prune cake, watermelon pickles, Italian stew, corn tamales, etc. Very good. Glozer 119, Cook p. 33. $95.

(Chico) Cook Book compiled and published by the Ladies of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chico, California, July 1, 1934.

100 pp. Illus. with many local ads, incl. full page on rear pastedown for Signal Gasoline. Stiff silver wrappers. First Edition. Chico: 1934.

Preserved Kadota figs, prune whip, magic lemon cream pie, pecan pie, and other mouthwatering recipes. Very good. $60. SOLD

(Coalinga) Favorite Recipes compiled by Ladies of the Episcopal Church, Coalinga, California.

Replete with ads for local businesses. String-bound printed wrappers. First Edition. Coalinga: 1909.

Fig Pudding, Thanksgiving Fruit Cake, Canvasback duck, fried quail, and a bevy of other California-centric dishes. Small pieces of front wrapper lacking to corners, spine wrappers missing from upper and lower spine, else very good. $60. SOLD

(Colton & San Bernadino) Ladies of Jewell Memorial Church. Methodist Church Cook Book.

Printed wrappers. Colton: Hull’s Eagle Printery, 1928.

How to Preserve a Husband” is definitely the recipe to have in this book, though the Strawberry Preserves aren’t bad, either. Stain to lower inner margins, else very good. $75. SOLD

(Corning) Maywood Cook Book: A Collection of Recipes Compiled and Published by Members of the Maywood Woman’s Club.

Replete with local ads in rear. Quarter cloth & pictorial flexible cloth. First Edition. Corning, CA: Maywood Woman’s Club, c.1909.

The Maywood Woman's Club, also known as the American Woman's League Building, in Corning, California was built in 1909 – it was designed in the Bungalow Style, which is reflected in the Arts & Crafts-style book design with California poppy. Some paper loss to p.15/16, soiling to covers, still very good. Not in Glozer or Cook. $300. SOLD

(Clovis) Parent-Teacher Association. Reliable Recipes from Clovis.

142 pp. Illus. with numerous ads for Clovis businesses. White boards printed in blue. First Edition. Clovis: Parent-Teacher Assoc., 1924.

Eggplant fritters, hot turnip slaw, tamale loaf, chili encase, enchiladas, nut bread, raisin pineapple whip, and other typical California fare. Very good. $120. SOLD

Cupid’s Book.

Illus. with meat cut drawings, ads for California businesses, etc. Pictorial wrappers. Oakland & Chicago: Kiessling & Son, 1929.

Includes an unused book of coupons in orig. envelope issued by the publisher. Very good, with charming meat cut illustrations and recipes to keep your marriage on stable footing. $50. SOLD

(Colt Press) The Epicure in Hawaii.

Illus. with woodcuts. Cloth-backed wood boards. 3rd Ed. 1941. • The Epicure in China: Eight Complete Chinese Epicurean Dinners. Intro. by Gwei-Djen Lu.Illus. with drawings of Chinese porcelain by Lena Peters. Cloth-backed thick pictorial boards flecked with gilt. 1st Ed. 1939. • Aller, Dorothy. The Epicure in Mexico. Cloth-backed printed green boards. 1st Ed. 1940.

Three together in printed box, paper cover label. Los Angeles: Colt Press. Minor rubbing to extremities, else near fine, with beautiful typography and authentic recipes including Lawalu fish, Haupia, Kalakaua Pie, Diamondback Terrapin soup, snow fungi in clear broth; chalupas, tamales, pan dulce, etc. $360. SOLD

(Covina) Covina Women’s Club. Cook Book compiled by the Home Economics Department.

Pictorial wrappers. Covina: 1926-27.

Starting off with a whole chapter of citrus recipes, this is a classic California cookbook. Chipping to wrappers extremities; period inscription to front wrapper, else good. $45. SOLD

Cusimano, Jack. Economical Italian Cook Book, containing many new and delicious receipts and designed especially to meet the present high cost of living.

53 pp. Illus. with 2 chromolithograph plates of pasta, and frontis. port. of the young author. White linen printed in green and orange. First Edition. Los Angeles: Jack Cusimano, 1917.

One of the earliest Italian-American cookbooks, with recipes using pasta, squash, beans, sheep head, peppers, etc. , including a chapter on Italian soup for invalids (!).Glozer 76. Near fine, extremely scarce with the plates present. $3,000.

(Dates) Dunham, Wayland A. It’s A Date.

Illus. from photographs of California’s date industry. Jacket. First Edition. San Marino, CA: Wayland Dunham, 1948.

The story of the date growing industry in the Palm Springs-Coachella region of California and how its developers transformed desert land into a fertile oasis. Includes a chapter on employing dates into your everyday diet. Chipping to jacket extremities; front joint starting, else very good. $60. SOLD

(Eureka) W.S.C.S. Cook Book.

98 pp. Illus. with local ads. Orange wrappers. First Edition. Eureka: First Methodist Church, 1941.

This copy belonged to Mabel Dopplmaier, a biology teacher at Eureka High School, with her name in ink to upper front wrapper. Very good. $40. SOLD

(Eureka) Cook Book issued by the Mother’s Club of the First Presbyterian Church, Eureka, California.

61 pp. Local ads. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Eureka: Eureka Printing Co., 1935.

Recipes from this Northern California town include Lazy Man’s Pickles, Hermit Cookies, H.O. Mock Nut Cookies, Dainty Oatmeal Rocks, and other unintentionally cynical fare! Also with a plethora of Mexican recipes. Very good. $75. SOLD

(Figueroa) What-So-Ever Class. Figueroa Boulevard Christian Church Official Recipe and Cook Book.

Printed wrappers, stapled. Los Angeles: Figueroa Boulevard Christian Church, 1928.

A bit of rubbing to front wrapper, else very good; replete with local ads. $60. SOLD

(Figs) Forkner, J.C. The J.C. Forkner Fig Gardens Recipes.

Illus. with vignettes, and one photograph of Las Palmas palm trees lining a street. Pictorial small wrappers. First Edition. Fresno: J.C. Forkner, 1919.

In 1919, Kansas real estate developer Jesse Clayton "J.C." Forkner arrived in California's San Joaquin Valley with a vision for creating a development where homeowners would each have enough land for a small but profitable orchard. Forkner consulted with a number of California experts about the possibility of fig farming, including UC Berkeley, professor Edward J. Wickson and local fig grower Henry Markarian. The land holdings eventually grew to 12,000 acres and he began preparing the land for housing lots and his "Fig Gardens," planting some 600,000 fig trees, of which 9 in 10 were edible figs and the remainder ornamental figs. The figs came out of an adjacent nursery stocked in part with cuttings obtained from Markarian, and landowners were permitted to choose among different varieties. The majority of trees planted were Calimyrna figs, with significant acreage also devoted to Kadotas. By 1920, some 500 families were living in the development on individual fig farms averaging 16 acres apiece. Despite this early success, the Fig Gardens project collapsed when Forkner went bankrupt during the Great Depression. Owner’s name to front cover, else fine. Glozer 103. $80. SOLD

Forbes, Ernest. The Other Way. Respectfully Dedicated to all good Housewives.

Illus. with wood engravings of household appliances, and with ads. Dec. cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Ernest Forbes, 1899.

Hints for the housewife, with heavy emphasis on the use of gas, this book was issued by the gas industry (brand spanking new at the time) and distributed by local gas companies. This copy has ads for San Francisco businesses, incl. a great photo of the Guadaloupe Dairy Company at 15th Ave. & San Bruno (Potrero Hill), cows speckling the hillside. Label of the Electric Improvement Company of San Jose mounted to front cover, else very good. $120. SOLD


(Fortuna) Fortuna Monday Club. Club Woman’s Cook Book.

142 pp. Printed wrappers. Revised Edition. Fortuna: Fortuna Monday Club, 1928.

Filled with local ads and recipes for Fortuna favorites like molasses Danish cookies, chicken tamales, fried spring chicken, porcupine salad, Baltimore pickles, and peach cream cake. Some adhesion marks to front cover, else very good. $30. SOLD

(Fruit) Official Report of the Twenty-eighth Fruit-Grower’s Convention of the State of California.

Cloth. Sacramento: W.W. Shannon, 1903.

With the latest ination on California fruit, from growing to marketing, including articles by various members such as “Curing and Marketing of Lemons,” “The Orange from Blossom to Car,” “The Reclamation of Arid Lands,” etc. Rubbing to spine ends; front joint starting else very good. $100.

(Fruit) Official Report of the Thirty-first Fruit-Grower’s Convention of the State of California.

Cloth. Sacramento: W.W. Shannon, 1906.

Held in Santa Rosa, chapters herein cover “The Apple in Northern California,” “Walnut Culture” (by Luther Burbank), “Luther Burbank and his Work,” “Packing Prunes in Tin Cans in their Natural State,” “The Corn-Worm and Sweet-Corn Growing in California,” “Pear Blight Work in California,” etc. Very good. $200

(Fruit) Official Report of the Thirty-third Fruit-Grower’s Convention of the State of California. Blue-gray cloth. Sacramento: W.W. Shannon, 1908.

Held at Marysville, California, topics of discussion include “Smyrna Fig for Profit in the Interior Valleys,” “The Pacific Labor Question, from the Standpoint of a Horticulturist,” “The Adaptability of Grape Vines to Different Vineyard Soils” (by Husman), “Muscatel Grapes,” “Date Growing in California,” etc. Rubbing to spine head; front joint starting, else very good. $200

Garey, Thomas A. Orange Culture in California.

With an Appendix on Grape Culture by L. J. Rose.San Francisco: Pacific Rural Press, 1882.

Gilt-stamped cloth. First Edition. Some wear to spine cloth, including a couple holes, else near very good; scarce. $500. SOLD

(Grant Dahlstrom) Illustrations of Eating: Displaying the Omnivorous Character of Man, and Exhibiting the Natives of Various Countries at Feeding Time, by a Beef-Eater. Foreword by H. Richard Archer.

Boards, jacket. 1 of 250 copies. Pasadena: Grant Dahlstrom, 1971. Fine condition. $45.

(Grabhorn Press) Boardman, Bess, ed. Sincerely Yours: A Collection of Favorite Recipes of Well-known Persons.

Illus. with cartoons by Lee Allen. Spiral-bound red boards, paper cover label. 1 of 750 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1942.

Inscribed & signed by Boardman on the front free endpaper, dated 1942. Actors, artists and writers of the day provide their recipes in letterpress type: Lillian Gish’s Sweet Potato in Orange Shells, Cole Porter’s Kedegree, Helena Rubinstein’s Beef a la Stroganoff, Lotte Lehmann’s Rice Croquettes, etc. A bit of spotting and irregular fading to boards; front free endpaper darkened and detached from lower spiral rings, else very good. $125. SOLD

(Hawthorne) Rotary Ann Club. Kitchen Scrap Book.

Pictorial yellow cloth. First Edition. Hawthorne: c.1955.

Mrs. Probst’s Devil’s Food Cake from Eureka Street 1907, Velma Chaney’s Ginger Snaps, Minnie’s Perfect Strawberry Preserves, etc. Very good. $35.

(Hollywood) 125 Recipes of Famous Movie Stars, Revealing the Culinary Secrets of the Screen Idols of the World.

Illus. throughout from photographs of early movie stars. Pictorial wrappers. "Through the courtesy and under the auspices of Paramount Theatre." Ft. Wayne, IN: C.H. Lines Co., 1933.

Clark Gable's East Indian Curry, Marlene Dietrich's Hollywood Salad, Myrna Loy's Rhubarb Fanchonettes, etc. Large brown oil stain to front free endpaper, slightly affecting next couple of pages, else very good. $40.


(Hollywood) Van Wyck, Carolyn, ed. Photoplay's Cook Book: 150 Favorite Recipes of the Stars.

Pictorial wrappers. Fourth Edition. Chicago & NY: Photoplay Publishing, 1929.

Cream Fudge from Gloria Swanson, silent star Pola Negri's Banana Trifle, and Greta Garbo's Swedish Salad can all be found here. Very good. $40. SOLD


(Hollywood) Foods and Fashions of 1936. Compliments of Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington.

Illus. from photographs of film stars. Pictorial wrappers. Bellingham: Mt. Baker Theatre, 1936.

Recipes from the stars of the silver screen, including Dolores del Rio, Carole Lombard, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, et al., with two pages of cocktail recipes. Near fine. $60. SOLD


(Hollywood) White, Frank Decatur. The Table Talks Cook Book.

98 pp. Dec. stiff wrappers. Hollywood: Frank D. White, c.1930.

Filled with absolutely disgusting recipes like Ginger Ale Salad, Marshmallow Sauce, Egg Nog Pie, Stewed Celery, and other dishes best forgotten. About very good. $30.

(Highgrove) Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Church. A Collection of Tried Recipes Published in Behalf of the Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Church, Highgrove, California.

Illus. with local ads. Printed stapled wrappers. Highgrove: c.1915.

Faint stain to lower front wrapper but darker within, small paper loss to lower front wrapper, short tear to upper title page, else very good. $60. SOLD

(Hollywood) Spiritualist Science Church of Hollywood. Favorite Recipes.

Local ads from Hollywood businesses. Wrappers. Hollywood: c.1915.

Near fine, with recipes for fruit salad, date rolls, pineapple cake, green corn salad, sugared orange peel. Mexican cream (which somehow calls for one packet of lemon jello), and other California specialties. Rare. $250. SOLD

(Hollywood) Knight, Midgie. Recipe Book of the Movie Stars, in which Screen Luminaries Reveal Their Culinary Secrets!

96 pp. Illus. from photographs of Hollywood celebrities. First Edition. Chicago: Wiebolt’s, 1933.

The studios seemed to have decided that Clark Gable made Angel Food Cake, Bette Davis made Orange Marmalade, Joan Crawford had an excellent Floating Island recipe, and Ramon Novarro loved Asparagus, Italian Style. 2” closed tear to lower front wrapper, chipping to spine foot area, else very good. $45. SOLD

(Hollywood) Izay, Victor. Recipes for Starving Actors.

Illus. with drawings by Arthur Gould. Spiral-bound pictorial red stiff wrappers. First Edition. Los Alamitos, CA: Approved Publishers Service, 1964.

What to serve, for instance, during an actors' strike (frankfurter-vegetable soup), and what to drink at intermission (Danish Helper). Fine. $45. SOLD

(Hollywood) Cookbook of the Stars.

Illus. from photographs of movie & political stars, and with frontis. drawing by Walter Lentz, of Woody Woodpecker offering Whistler’s Mother a bowl of spaghetti with meatballs. Spiral-bound pictorial wrappers. Printed by Ward Ritchie. First Edition. Los Angeles: Motion Picture Mothers, 1970.

Pat Nixon’s avocado salad, Tippi Hedren’s lobster “Mirin,” Clint Eastwood’s hush puppies, and Danny Thomas’ Fatayer exemplify this 1970 roundup of Hollywood favorites. Near fine. $45. SOLD

(Hollywood) Harlan, Kenneth & Rex Lease, eds. What Actors Eat When they Eat!

Illus. from photographs of Hollywood stars. Foreword by Anita Loos. Jacket. First Edition. Los Angeles: Lymanhouse, 1939.

Are we truly to believe that Irene Dunne stuffed herself on Chicken and Ham Casserole, Carole Lombard gnawed on Barbecued Spareribs, and Harold Lloyd dined on Tamale Pie? Apparently, yes. Chipping to jacket extremities, with small piece lacking from upper front panel, gilt wearing off of covers, else very good, in scarce jacket. $125. SOLD

(Hollywood) The Palatists Book of Cookery. Foreword by Anita Baldwin.

Cloth. First Edition. Hollywood: Assistance League of Southern California, 1933.

Anita Baldwin was the daughter of the infamous "Lucky" E.J. Baldwin, horse breeder and founder of Santa Anita Race Track, and also the author of the Pantophagist, one of the rarest California cookbooks. Small spot to front cover, else very good. Brown 176. $40. SOLD

(Hollywood) Renaud, Helena. The Cook Book of the Stars: 1195 Modern Recipes, Covering All Types of Food Preparation in the American Home.

Illus. throughout with color & black & white photos of food and stars. Jacket. NY: Windsor Editions, 1941.

Ronald Reagan’s baked peaches and Humphrey Bogart’s Manhattan clam chowder are featured, alongside some in-depth instructions on meat cuts and recipe preparations. Chipping & some closed tears to jacket, else very good. $150. SOLD

(Hollywood) Sniff, Fannie, ed. Famous Stars Favorite Foods.

Illus. with photographs of 236 Hollywood screen stars, with their recipes. Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. Hollywood: Fannie Sniff, 1938.

Irene Dunne’s oyster kabobs, Gracie Allen’s cheesecake, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s steak & kidney pie, Clark Gable’s beef barbecue, Marlene Dietrich’s banana nut bread (!), Judy Garland’s kiss pie, and Cary Grant’s crab Louie are all in here, along with many others, lost to history until now. A bit dusty, else near fine. $60. SOLD


(Jewish) Hirschler, Mrs. David, ed. Council Cook Book.

Illus. with ads for local Jewish businesses. Orig. printed cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: San Francisco Section of the Council of Jewish Women, 1908-09.

Recipes include some typically Jewish fare, such as pickled beef tongue, wiener braten, sweet and sour fish, salmon trout with capers, leb kuchen, dill pickles, etc., but also a surprising number of worldly recipes for shellfish, marrow dumplings, gumbo soup, mock terrapin, Canadian Cream Sandwich, etc. Ads show a wide variety of Jewish businesses in S.F. Fine condition. Scarce. Bitting 230. $150. SOLD


(Jewish – Stockton) Ladies of Temple Israel. The Stockton Community Cook Book.

206 pp. Illus. with ads for local businesses. White boards printed in black. First Edition. Stockton: Ladies of Temple Israel, 1924.

Sauerbraten, horseradish meat, whitefish with dill pickle sauce, and cherry kuchen are a few of the Jewish dishes herein, but also included are numerous recipes for California favorites like squash fritters, Spanish rice, date torte, strawberry cake, rhubarb pie, etc. Near fine – scarce. Glozer 306. $400. SOLD

(John Henry Nash) Colburn, Frona Eunice Wait. In Old Vintage Days. Decorations by Dorothy Payne.

Quarter leather & marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, slipcase. No. 44 of 100 copies. First Edition. San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1937.

Signed by Colburn on the limitation page. From Nell O'Day, "A Catalogue of Books Printed by John Henry Nash" pages 97 & 98: "an interesting tale of the (18)90's set in one of the lovely vineyards of California. Mrs. Colburn is an authority on grape culture, her book entitled 'Wines and Vines' published in 1889 being a source book on the subject. 'In Old Vintage Days' is a colorful romance with the facts of the wine war that took place at the turn of the century, resulting in havoc to many of the California grape growers. It gives a vivid picture of the pleasant mode of living among the prosperous vintners which, as Mrs. Colburn says in her Foreword, will never be entirely relived." Scarce in smaller leather-bound edition. Fading to spine, rubbing to spine ends, else very good in broken slipcase. $125.

(Los Gatos) Ladies of the Christian Church. The Santa Clara Valley Housekeeper: Tried and Proved Recipes.

175 pp. Replete with wonderful local ads for chicken farms, candy shops, etc. Printed wrappers. Los Gatos News Print, 1896.

Los Gatos’ first cookbook, with recipes from local ladies for Spanish beans, pumpkin pie, “Experiment Pickles – Original Recipe” (!), “Tamales – Mexican,” watermelon cake, etc. Chipping & darkening to wrappers, else good; scarce. $300. SOLD

(Lassen County - Susanville) Ladies of the Monticola Club. Monticola Club Cook Book.

100, [11] ad pp. Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. Susanville, Lassen County: c.1914.

Owner’s inscription with date of 1921 to front free endpaper. Nicely printed, with great ads in rear for Lassen County businesses like The Orpheum (promoting vaudeville, road shows, & a maple dance floor), Kwan Wong’s New Laundry, the L.P. Holmes Livery and Feed Stable, W. Kostka’s Orpheum Bakery, etc. Recipes from the ladies of Susanville, a mining and logging town established in 1860. Fine. Glozer 202; Cook p.34. $250. SOLD

(Lindsay) Cook Book of the Members of the Tuesday Club of Lindsay.

50 pp. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Lindsay: 1913.

Orange marmalade, corn tamales, Spanish hot sauce, green peppers a la Mexican, fig pudding, date tart, and other Tulare Country favorites. Dog-earing to lower front wrapper and first few pages, else very good. $25. SOLD

(Lodi) Cook Book by the Women’s Improvement Club of Lodi, California. Unpaginated. Pictorial wrappers. c.1915. • The Lodi Woman’s Club Cook Book. Illus. with numerous local ads. Blindstamped white cloth. 1929.

Together, 2 vols. Recipes in the earlier volume include blackberry wine punch, stuffed pepper mangoes, green corn fritters, and a chapter of “Spanish Dishes” that includes tortillas, Spanish tripe stew, Mexican beans, etc. Condition is good only, with upper 3” of front corner lacking. The later volume instructs the reader in the art of making hangtown fry, blackberry shortcake, date pies, quince honey, cherry nut jam, stuffed wild ducks, smothered quail, Mexican peppers, Spanish rabbit, etc. Near fine. $60 the two. ON HOLD

(Long Beach) Home Economics Dept. Ebell Cook Book. 1921-22. • West Ebell Club. Fanciful Food for Food Fanciers. 1930. • Ebell Club of Long Beach. Selected Ebell Recipes. 1935.

Together, 3 vols. Replete with local ads. Wrappers. Long Beach: various dates. First with closed tear along spine, else very good. $120.

(Long Beach) Ladies' Aid Division no. 4 of the Pastor's Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church, Long Beach. The Queen Bee's Cook Book: Good Things to Eat and How to Prepare Them.

Illus. with ads. Long Beach: 1912. Faint smudge to front wrapper, else near fine. $150.

(Long Beach) Ayuda Wi Circle of the United Presbyterian Church. Ayuda Cook Book.

Green wrappers printed in gold. Long Beach: c.1920's. Front cover nearly (though neatly) detached, else very good. $75.

(Long Beach) Ladies Aid Society of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Long Beach. Choice Selection of Tested Recipes from Many Households.

Illus. with ads & frontis. image of the church. Printed stiff gray wrappers. Long Beach: 1922. Near fine. $75. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Immanuel Aid Society Cook Book.

96 pp. Illus. with numerous ads for L.A. businesses, incl. foods, automobiles, and even a color illustration of a grand funeral home. Pictorial wrappers. Los Angeles: Crescent Printing, c.1917.

With numerous recipes for Mexican fare, such as enchiladas, steak with green chile, “tomale pie,” Spanish chowder, etc. A bit of darkening to extremities, else very good. Glozer 134. $60. SOLD

(Los Angeles) California Congress of Parents and Teachers, Los Angeles Tenth District: Tested Recipes.

217, [4] pp. Printed orange wrappers. Los Angeles: 1934.

International recipes for stuffed Italian squash, German potatoes, mole poblano, Scotch rice, and Spanish limas share space with unique recipes such as persimmon meringue pie, graham prune bread, rainy day dinner, red devil’s food cake, etc. Fading to extremities, short tear to front wrapper, front free endpaper clipped, else good. $45. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Woman's Association. Our Church Cooketeria: Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church.

Illus. with local ads. Pictorial bluish wrappers. First Edition. Los Angeles: Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church, 1932.

Fading & spots to wrappers, wear to extremities, fair only. $45. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Friends of the UCLA Library. A Taste of California.

Hand-printed portfolio comprised of 8 leaves of variously colored heavy deckle-edged paper, illustrated using wood cuts, wood engravings, and decorative typographical devices. Folio portfolio, 13-13/16" wide x 19" high (33 cm x 38.8 cm), brown cloth, paper cover label, string ties. No. 232 of 250 copies printed in Santa Barbara by Graham Mackintosh. First Edition. Santa Barbara: Graham Mackintosh, 1977.

Contents consist of: an introduction/contents leaf and seven folio-sized recipes from the UCLA Library California Cookbooks Collection, representing the culinary history of California: Indian Period (Tortillas de Mais); Goldrush Days (Hangtown Fry); Pastoral California (Carne Tatemada [Barbecued Beef]); Railroad Empire (Eggs Boiled with Tea Leaves); Gilded Age (Celery Victor); Arts & Crafts Movement (Alligator Pear [Avocado] Soup); and Age of the Flapper (Penouchee). Signed by Mackintosh on introduction/limitation page. A bit of dustiness to cloth; intro page with minor creases to upper left corner & irregular fading to lower half within portfolio sleeve; other individual sheets are fine and worthy of framing. $950.

(Los Angeles) Civic Angels. L.A. Street Cookbook.

Illus. with color photos of L.A. street scenes by J.R. Martinez. Spiral-bound pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Los Angeles: Civic Angels, 1983.

Published to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center. A very cool book in near fine condition. $45. SOLD


(Los Angeles) Tilton, Mrs. E. Stevens. Home Dissertations: an Offering to the Household for Economical and Practical Skill in Cookery, Orderly Domestic Management, and Nicety in the Appointments of Home.

Illus. with numerous wood-engraved ads for Los Angeles businesses. 9 ¼ x 7 ½ , gilt-lettered pictorial embossed cloth. First Edition. Los Angeles: H. Jeune, Grocer, 1891.

Ads for local businesses include Jeune’s Grocers on N. Spring St., the Redondo Hotel, ads for carriage companies and childrens clothiers, canned vegetables, Ghiradelli’s chocolate, etc. Near fine. Glozer 318, which lists this imprint as well as one in San Francisco published by Goldberg, Bowen & Co. the same year. Bitting 461. $125. SOLD

(Los Angeles) American Legion Auxiliary Recipe Book: A Collection of Tried Recipes contributed by the Ladies of Temple City and their Friends.

93 pp. Replete with local ads. Stiff printed wrappers. First Edition. Temple City: A.L.A., Joseph L. Kaufman Unit no. 279, c.1920’s.

Pistachio parfait, frozen pineapple delight, tamale pie, Spanish potatoes, and other tempting recipes from the Los Angeles County town of Temple City. Creases to covers, else very good. $45. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Cosmos Club Cook Book.

Illus. with numerous ads from Los Angeles businesses. Stiff wrappers, paper cover label. Los Angeles: Home Economic Committee, 1914.

Shrimp Wiggle, pineapple and cucumber salad, chili beans, stuffed dates, watermelon cocktail, and other attempts at early California cuisine. A bit of chipping to wrappers extremities; owner’s bookplate to front free endpaper, else very good. $65. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Stewart, Marion. One Hundred Favorite Foreign Recipes.

Illus. with 12 woodblock plates & endpapers by Margaret Schoch. Cloth. First Edition. Los Angeles: Saturday Night Publishing, 1933.

Recipes from Mexico (papas con jitomate) to Finland (salmon loaf) and home to California (California picnic menu, featuring mole poblano). Contains an English and polygot index. Some discoloration to covers, else very good. $45. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Brides Cook Book.

Illus. with numerous ads for L.A. businesses. Pictorial boards. Los Angeles: Brides Cook Book, c.1920.

Chipping to spine, crease to upper front board, else good – with charming local ads. $40. SOLD


(Los Angeles - Jewish) Council of Jewish Women. Helpful Hints to Housewives.

Boards. First Edition. Los Angeles: L.A. Section, Council of Jewish Women, 1928.

Containing everything from Eastern European Jewish specialties to Southern sweet potatoes, wild ducks, and in a nod to healthy California cuisine, whole-wheat gingerbread. Very good. $150. SOLD


(Los Angeles) Wyman, Arthur Leslie. Chef Wyman’s Daily Health Menus.

With a chapter on “Intelligent Balance of Food the Safeguard to Good Health” by D.C. Ragland.Frontis. port. Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. Los Angeles: Wyman Food Service, 1927.

The health food movement in Southern California was alive and well by the late 1920’s, and Wyman sought to teach the masses how to make nut sausage, Wialua salad, apricot pie, baked baby mackerel, etc. Flaking to gilt on cover, slight fading to spine & fraying to spine ends, else about very good. $60. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Vaughan, Kate Brew. My Best Recipes: A Selection from Twenty Years’ Experience of Adapting and Proving Tested Recipes.

Cloth. First Edition. Los Angeles: Kate Vaughan, 1929.

Vaughan was the author of numerous cookbooks, as well as leader of the Evening Express Home Ec. Dept. Squabs en casserole, barbecued rabbit, gingersnaps, persimmon salad, etc., buck the trend of fairly disgusting food of the 1920’s and 30’s. Faint discoloration to front cover, else about very good. $40.

(Los Angeles) The Castelar Creche Cook Book.

Printed boards. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror, 1922.

The Castelar Creche was a home for homeless babies, opened in 1921 at 818 Castelar St. in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Residents and chefs of L.A contributed recipes, including Delicious Joseph Relish (Joseph Boggia, Chef, The Plaza), Anchovy Baskets (Los Angeles Country Club), Van Nuys Fruit Cocktail (Thomas Cooney, Chef), Cream of Fresh Asparagus, Argenteuil (Louis Hauser, Chef), Clam and Tomato Bisque (Vanity Fair Tea Room), etc. A few spots to covers, else very good. $95. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Ladies of the First Universalist Church. Home Tried Recipes.

181 pp. + 24 ad pp. Foreword by Carrie Sawtelle Nash. Illus. with local ads. Printed wrappers. Second Edition. Los Angeles: Ladies of the First Universalist Church, c.1900. Glozer 167, Cook p.32 (both listing only the 2nd Ed., 1911). Very good. Scarce. $400.

(Los Angeles) Women's Athletic Club of Los Angeles. The Old Vanity Fair Tea Room: Recipes Gathered from Far and Near.

Printed in indigo ink. Cloth-back pictorial boards. First Edition. Los Angeles: 1927.

Wonderful little book of recipes served in the dining room of the Women's Athletic Club of L.A., incl. Watermelon Conserve, Peach Honey, Adam and Eve Salad, and White House Pudding, with blank pages in each section for adding your own recipes. Very good. $60. SOLD

(Los Angeles) What the Pacific Ladies Cook.

56 pp. Brown wrappers printed in gilt. First Edition. Los Angeles: 1909.

Chili sauce, grape catsup, pickled walnuts, carrot pudding, oatmeal cookies, green pea omelet, and other recipes with a surprising amount of fresh produce. Owner’s name and date of 1916 to title page. Front cover neatly detached, a bit of chipping to extremities, else very good – fragile & scarce. $95. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Keeler. Grandma Keeler's Housekeeper.

Illus. with frontis. port. of Grandma Keeler, and with numerous full-page pictorial ads for L.A. businesses. Gilt-lettered white cloth. [Los Angeles: L.A. Herald Examiner, c.1912].

Grandma Keeler was clearly of Dutch heritage, with numerous recipes and menus for Dutch and Northern European fare, but she also incorporated California-Mexican recipes such as Mexican Chili con Carne, Tortillas, Tamales, Ollo Podrida, etc. Perhaps most notable, Grandma Keeler, liked her cocktails, and lists recipes for 53 of them, 4 of which feature Absinthe. Very good condition. $200.

(Los Angeles) Hobart Boulevard Cook Book.

Ads in rear. Printed wrappers. Los Angeles: Hobart Boulevard Methodist Episcopal Church, 1915.

California emphasis on salads and local fruits and vegetables: carrot-plum pudding, cabbage and pepper salad, fried summer squash, etc. A bit of dog-earring to pages and a few pencil notations, else very good. $75. SOLD

(Los Angeles) Ladies Aid Society of the Highland Park Christian Church, Los Angeles, California. Sweets and Meat and Good Things to Eat.

Illus with a few local ads. Printed bright yellow wrappers. Los Angeles: Brown Print Shop, 1913.

Some rubbing to wrappers, else very good & rare. Glozer 168; Cook p. 33. $250.

(Los Angeles) Los Angeles Junior League Recipes.

Yellow cloth printed in black. First Edition. Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1930.

A bit of darkening & rubbing to cloth, else very good and quite scarce. Bitting 568. $1,200. SOLD

(Merced) Purity Cook Book.

48 pp. Illus. with numerous local ads, incl. one for M.J.B. Coffee on each page. Pictorial red wrappers. Merced: Merced Milling Co., 1909.

Pages browned and somewhat fragile, a few minor chips to wrappers extremities, but still near fine, with recipes for Improved Southern Corn Bread, Taschkels ("An Austrian dish fir for the Gods"), Minnehaha Cake, and a section in rear for invalid cookery. $60. SOLD

(Mill Valley) St. Mary's Guild. Cookery Recipes.

Pictorial cloth. First Edition. Mill Valley: 1902.

Fantastic first edition of Mill Valley’s first cookbook, with recipes by donors for Poor Man’s Soup, ginger pears, strawberry and apricot preserve, Sunshine cake, orange pudding, and other Northern California delights. Worldcat locates 6 copies of this second edition, and nine of the first; Glozer 260. Marginal spot to most pages, 1” closed tear to top of p.16, but still near fine - solid and wonderful. Rare. Glozer 260, Cook p. 27. $1,200.

(Monterey Park) Cook Book: Favorite Recipes compiled by the Ladies Aid of Monterey Park Community Church.

[64] pp. Numerous ads throughout. Printed wrappers. Monterey Park: c.1920’s.

SoCal recipes for raisin bran bread, Spanish pancakes, tart lima bean soup, etc. Offset to last pages from laid-in newspaper clippings, else very good. $40. SOLD

(Oakland) Adams, Mrs. Lela. Spark Lid-Top Gas Range Cook Book.

176 pp. Illus. with frontis. port. of author & drawings of women at their gas range stoves. Linen wrappers. Oakland: Hammer-Bray Co., 1924.

Near fine, with instructions for using your stove to whip gelatine, bake a spice cake, devil eggs, etc. $45. SOLD

(Oakland) Piedmont Grocery Co. A Daily Reference to Fine Foods.

88 pp. Illus. throughout with pictures of products on the shelves. Silver-burnished dec. wrappers. Oakland: Piedmont Grocery, 1931-32.

Piedmont Grocery has always been a distinguished (read: pricey) grocer on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, and even their 1931-32 selection reflects that: Beluga caviar, imported teas, stuffed oranges, Golden Pheasant candy, and gift baskets of every variety. Very good and bright. $40. SOLD

(Oakland) Kuffman, Dorothy, ed. West Oakland Soul Food Cook Book.

47 pp. Illus. by John Baldwin & Audrey DeJournette. Large pictorial yellow wrappers. First Edition. Oakland: Peter Maurin Neighborhood House, c.1966.

In 1963, the Peter Maurin Neighborhood House opened, offering daily activities and a co-op nursery to mainly African-American residents of West Oakland. Their community involvement preceded the Black Panthers, who took on a much more visual role in the neighborhood a couple years later. Recipes include fried buffalo fish, turtle stew, hog head cheese, smothered chicken wings, etc. Illustrations of neighborhood residents are wonderful. Minor darkening to extremities, small creases to upper corners, else very good and bright; scarce. $120. SOLD

(Olives) Official Report of the Tenth Fruit-Grower’s Convention of the State of California.

Gilt-lettered pebbled cloth. Sacramento: State Office, 1889.

Illus. with 14 wood-engraved plates of olives and olive trees and branches. This tenth convention, held in Chico in November of 1888, covered olives over about 20 pages, with several authors writing articles about them. Also included are chapters on cherry, tomato, peach, and fig culture in California, as well as citrus fruits in Northern California, and subjects specific to Chico. Near fine. $300.

(Oroville) Gold of Ophir Cook Book, compiled and published by Gold of Ophir Parlor No. 190, Native Daughters of the Golden West.

142 pp. Interleaved with ads for local businesses. Cloth-backed marbled stiff wrappers. Oroville: Native Daughters of the Golden West, 1930.

Gold Country recipes for a variety of chili sauces, California orange cake filling, California rice fritters, California fig cake, Sacramento salad dressing, etc. Very good. $120. SOLD

(Palo Alto) Brooks, William H. Modern Practical Baking.

Illus. from photographs. Gilt-letttered brown cloth. Second Edition. Palo Alto: Willis Hall, 1921.

With classic European and American baked goods for the trade, with particular focus on the West Coast, which is quite rare. On Van Dusen cakes, Brooks writes, “Originated on the Pacific Coast this cake is a great favorite. Light, fluffy with fine keeping qualities it is a good seller and a fine stock cake, as it is particularly desirable to serve at teas and with ice cream.” Of doughnuts, he says, “The world war forever fixed the place of doughnuts, but it remains for the baker to see that their present popularity is never in jeopardy. An old industry was given a new lease of life when our boys returned from ‘over there’ and the advertising that this popular and distinctly American confection has received since that time has been phenomenal.” Some rubbing to extremities, else very good. The first edition appeared in 1915. Glozer 38. $60. SOLD

(Pasadena) Candy Recipes Compiled by the Junior League of the First Universalist Church.

Printed wrappers. First Edition. Pasadena: c.1910.

Recipes for opera cream, sugared orange peel, walnut molasses candy, etc. Fine. $60.

(Pasadena) Woman's Auxiliary of the Pasadena Fire Department. Crown City Cook Book.

Illus. with local ads. Wrappers. Pasadena: c.1929.

Chipping & wear to wrappers, internal stains, good only but uncommon. $45.

(Pasadena) Hanna, Phil Townsend. A Note on Wagner the Gourmet.

Printed blue wrappers. 1 of a limited edition printed by Grant Dahlstrom for members of the Zamorano Club. Pasadena: Ampersand Press, 1948.

Remarks made on the occasion of the birthday of Henry Raup Wagner (1862-1957) at the Zamorano Club, by Hanna. Very good. $75.

(Pasadena) [Hornberger, Maud Mitchell]. Tried Recipes of Pasadena, compiled for the benefit of the William A. Scripps Home for Aged People, the Pasadena Children’s Training Society, the Pasadena Charitable League, the Pasadena Day Nursery.

116 pp. White boards. Pasadena: Pasadena Stationery & Printing, 1914.

Some wonderful recipes herein include candied grapefruit, currant and raspberry shrub, date and pecan pudding, oyster salad, olive and walnut relish, and (perhaps not so enticing) brain timbales. Joints starting, soiling to covers, period manuscript recipes to endpapers, thus good only. Glozer 132; Cook p. 34. SOLD

(Pasadena) Yeates, Lilian. “I’d Like the Recipe.” Cloth. 1938. ● Weber, Mona. Cook Book. Wrappers. c.1930’s. ● Shakespeare Club. “Dainties that are Bred in a Book.” Cloth. c.1930’s.

Pasadena: various dates. Carrot pudding, orange dessert, California Punch, Mona’s Special Tamale Concoction, California chicken pie, Palace Hotel salad, etc. Last book has a corner chewed, as if by small vermin, else all about very good. $80 the set.

(Paul Elder) Goodhue, Isabel. Good Things: Ethical Recipes for Feast Days and Other Days, with Graces for All the Days.

Illus. with decorations by Walter Francis. Gilt-lettered cloth-backed dec. boards. First Edition. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1911.

Charming recipes for life. Very good. $125. SOLD

(Quincy) The Quincy Ladies’ Aid Cook Book.

108 pp. Gilt-lettered white boards. First Edition. Replete with local ads from the town in the Sierra foothills. Quincy: 1940.

Good. $100. SOLD

Richter, Vera. Mrs. Richter's Cook-Less Book, with Scientific Food Chart.

Illus. with ads for the Richter's natural foods products and restaurant in rear. Gilt-lettered stiff blue wrappers. Third Edition. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Service & Supply Co., [c.1925].

Trained by Dr. George Drews, Vera & John Richter were pioneers in the Raw Food Movement, and opened the 'first raw food' restaurant, The Eutropheon. Scarce - an important early work on the subject. Faint stain to lower rear wrapper, else near fine. Bitting 626. $250. SOLD

(Sacramento) Cookery in the Golden State: A Collection of Choice Recipes Tried and Approved by the Ladies of the Unitarian Society.

[9] ad pp., 160, [1] blank, [8] ad pp., [1] index p. Gilt-lettered pebbled maroon cloth. First Edition. Sacramento: Woodson Bros., 1890. Glozer 258, Cook p.24.

Scarce copy of an important California cookbook, with 4 early recipes for “chile sauce,” and an admonition: “Now, this Chile sauce, a great misnomer by the way, for it is anything but chilly, is the very king of pickles. It is a relish that would tempt the appetite of a mummy. There is almost a soul in its wonderful combination of sweet and sour and active pungency, and restful smoothness and general high tone.” A bit of chipping to spine ends & fading to spine cloth; one early ad page detached, pages fragile but book is solid; rare. $950. SOLD

(Sacramento) The King Cook Book: A Collection of Choice Recipes contributed by the Ladies of Sacramento.

148 pp. Illus. with a few local ads. Pictorial wrappers (image of the old statehouse on rear wrapper). First Edition. Sacramento: Capital Soap Co., c.1890.

Published by the “King of Soaps” Capital Soap Company, with recipes from Sacramento ladies, incl. South Carolina Dodgers, Birds in Jelly, Stewed Oyster Plants, Stuffed Artichokes, Spruced & Boneset Beer, Frothed Café au Lait, Sasparilla Mead, “King” Fruit Cake, etc. Front wrapper cleanly detached, upper ¼” corner of front wrapper & of title page missing, else good – scarce. Glozer 140. $250. SOLD

(Sacramento) The Bride’s Cook Book.

110 pp. Illus. with chapter heading engravings & fantastic ads for local businesses. Gilt-lettered purple boards. San Francisco: California Bride’s Cook Book Publishing Co., c.1900.

Near fine, with two penciled manuscript recipes in rear. Elaborately illustrated ads for Sacramento food businesses throughout. SOLD

(Sacramento) Tuesday Club House Assoc. Club House Cook Book.

124 pp. Illus. with ads from Sacramento businesses. Printed dec. wrappers. First Edition. Sacramento: Tuesday Club House, 1904.

Baked quail, roasted wild duck, honey comb pudding, Moonshine cake, World’s Fair cake, baked peanuts, salt pickles, etc. Pencil notes in original hand to a few recipes. Faint spots to covers, else very good; scarce. $300. SOLD

(San Bernardino) The Nellie Aldridge National Orange Show Cook Book: Many Ways to Utilize the Citrus Fruit.

57 pp. Cloth-backed pictorial wrappers. First Edition. San Bernardino: Nellie Aldridge, 1928.

Oranges are not the only fruit in this 1928 cookbook (sorry, couldn’t resist), but they are the star, showing the finest Southern California has to offer: Orange nut pie, orange baked tongue, orange blanc mange, orange blossom honey, etc., as well as avocado cocktail, grapefruit preserves, Clarkadota fig pickles, lemon health salad, banana marmalade, etc. Very good and bright. $60. SOLD

(Salinas) Salinas Index-Journal. Subscriber’s Cook Book.

Cloth-backed wrappers. Salinas: Salinas Index-Journal, 1930.

108 pp. Ads for Salinas businesses fill out a cookbook stuffed with handy recipes for hangtown fry, California fish and shell fish stew, California tuna in aspic, chili con carne, Spanish tongue, and a slew of recipes from Salinas’ Ambassador Hotel, including their famous waffles. Small piece lacking from lower front corner of front wrapper, else very good. $40.

(San Bernardino) Alvord & Sharp, eds. Cook Book published in the Interest of the Ladies’ Aid Society of the Christian Church of San Bernardino.

Cloth-backed printed wrappers. San Bernardino: Press of the Sun, [1899].

An important early Southern California cookbook, with some Mexican recipes including corn meal tamales and Spanish chili, as well as California fare such as spiced figs, orange custard, etc. Most intriguing perhaps is the recipe for “Tea Ice Cream.” Small piece lacking from upper front corner, general soiling, else near very good. $300. SOLD

(San Diego) Farm Home Cook Book. Issued by the Farm Home Dept. of the Farm Bureau. 1920.Delicacies by Thursday Club Members. Second Ed. 1929. Glozer 316. ● Handbook for High School Home Economics Classes, Compiled in the Home Economics Department of the San Diego High School. Revised Ed. 1931. Glozer 267.

Together, 3 vols. published in San Diego. Wrappers. Graham Cracker Pie, Cinnamon Crapfen, Vegetable Salad with Avocado, Red Wing Jam, Stewed Rabbit, Orange Biscuits, etc. Good to very good. $100. SOLD

(San Diego) F.L.L. Aunt Flo’s Cook Book.

41 pp. Printed wrappers. City Heights: 1910.

City Heights was founded in the 1880’s, becoming part of East San Diego just after this book was published, but then being reincorporated as City Heights in 1923. Aunt Flo provided recipes for hop beer, Spanish beef stew, rabbit pie, quail, green corn fritters, and grandmother’s strawberry shortcake, among others. Near fine. SOLD

(San Francisco) Lehner, Joseph Charles. World’s Fair Menu and Recipe Book: A Collection of the Most Famous Menus Exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Illus. throughout with images of menus from the fair. 11x7 ½, boards, pictorial cover label. First Edition. San Francisco: Lehner & Sefert, 1915.

Menus from around the world give a picture of what was consumed at the 1915 S.F.P.P.I.E. Good only, with wear to spine, front joint loose, and evil pencil-wielder’s crazed scrawls to rear flyleaf and pastedown. Still, scarce. Bitting 280. Glozer 153. $150. SOLD

(San Francisco) Mendelsohn, Felix. The Blue and Gold Cook Book.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. San Francisco: Blue and Gold Brewing Co., 1912.

Paprika Schnitzel with Noodles, Water Lily Salad, Chicken Spanish Stew, and other wide-ranging recipes for a hearty stomach and a thirsty beer-swiller. The Blue and Gold Brewing Company was located at 612 Alabama St., and was considered one of the 3 largest Bay Area brewers in its day. Very good. $150.

The San Francisco (Brides) Premium Cook Book.

Illus. throughout with ads for local businesses. Pictorial boards. San Francisco: San Francisco Cook Book Adv. Co., 1912.

The new bride of Bohemian San Francisco included soft shelled crabs, clam chowder, blackberry fritters, trussed snipes, Aunty’s cream pie, etc. Front board torn along hinge part way up, else very good. $75. SOLD

(San Francisco) Ladies Aid Society of the Baptist Church. The Baptist Church Cook Book.

165 pp. Replete with ads for San Francisco businesses. Printed dec. brown wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: 1910.

A scarce volume (not in Glozer), with recipes for Italian spaghetti, sweetbread in peppers, Spanish rice, a lengthy recipe for the Austrian specialty taschkels, teal duck pommiere, roast quail deviled crabs, etc. The church was located at Market & Octavia Streets, currently the on-ramp to Highway 101. Period manuscript recipe for pinoche to rear free endpaper. Very good. $300. SOLD

(San Francisco) Souvenir Programme: Third Annual Celebration of the Butchers Board of Trade of San Francisco and Alameda Counties.

Oblong chromolithograph wrappers. San Francisco: May 20, 1896. ● Yearly Journal: Butchers' Day 1916: Twenty-Third Annual Celebration by the Butchers' Board of Trade, San Francisco and Alameda Counties. Idora Park: June 14, 1916. Both illus. with numerous photographs of prominent butchers and members of the Butchers' Board of Trade, as well as with local ads for wholesale and retail butchers, dealers in sawdust, and horseshoes, and packers, and slaughterhouses, etc. With biographies and homages to prominent local butchers, particularly Henry Miller, and a program of events - including races that separated out "young girls" and "fat girls"! Tape repairs to spine of earlier volume, else both are very good and bright - remarkable survivors of all that has happened since then! Rare. SOLD

(San Francisco) Three Hundred Favorite Recipes published by the Floral League of the First Congregational Church of San Francisco.

[176] pp. Illus. with drawings & vignettes by Eleanor Warren. Printed boards. San Francisco: Thos. J. Davis & son, 1911.

A charming San Francisco cookbook, with recipes for pickled fresh figs, spiced black cherries, apricot marmalade, partridge soup, beetroot consommé, Waldorf salad, Golden West tartlets, etc. A very California cookbook. Bitting p. 607, Brown 100, Cook p.33. Some darkening to extremities; offset to one page from newspaper clipping laid-in, else very good. $150. SOLD

(San Francisco) Graham, C.E., ed. Golden Rule Bazaar Cook Book and Family Compendium.

338, viii. Black boards. First Edition. San Francisco: Golden Rule Bazaar, c.1890’s.

Buckwheat cakes, red herrings, fricasseed eels, roast plover, etc. Scarce early San Francisco cookbook; a bit dusty, else good. $200. SOLD

(San Francisco) Harder, Jules Arthur. The Physiology of Taste: Harder’s Book of Practical American Cookery. Volume I: Treating of American Vegetables, and All Alimentary Plants, Roots and Seeds. Containing a Description of the Best Varieties, Mode of Cultivation, and the Art of Preparing Them for the Table.

431 pp. Stipple-engraved title page. Pictorially gilt-stamped purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine, red cloth jacket. First Edition.

Mark Thompson, in his wonderful book and blog on Vintage California Cuisine, writes, “In the crowded field of chroniclers of cuisine in California, Jules Arthur Harder may rank as the most pompous. He was chef de cuisine at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in the 1880s, the latest stop in a glittering career cooking in all the leading capitals of Europe, when he started work on his magnum opus, grandly entitled ‘The Physiology of Taste: Harder’s Book of Practical American Cookery (in Six Volumes).’ Never mind that he never got past the first of the six, there wasn’t a hint of self-doubt in the preface to Vol. 1, which was published in San Francisco in 1885…It was an exhaustive achievement, 481 pages long, cataloging the cultivation practices and culinary uses of 300 different herbs, fruits and vegetables, from alecost to wormwood, listing a dozen or more specific varieties of many of them. Harder advocated buying vegetables when they are at their freshest. He went so far as to suggest that vegetables should be freely consumed only during the spring and during a shorter window of propitious growing weather in the fall. Writing in an era when many looked with suspicion on undercooked foods, Harder showed a glimmer of understanding that some vegetables are perfectly delectable when eaten raw." Sunning to spine & extremities, rubbing to spine ends, else very good. $300. SOLD

(San Francisco) Neill, Miss E. The Every-Day Cook-Book and Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes.

316 pp. Cloth. San Francisco: Examiner-Press, 1889.

First published in New York in 1884, this household economy manual was popular enough in its day to be reprinted several times. Recipes include cranberry sauce, American toast, fried trout, ice-cream cake, and other American specialties. Rubbing to covers (where the final “l” is left off Miss Neill’s name; binding somewhat shaken, else good. The San Francisco imprint is scarce. Bitting p.341. $125.

(San Francisco) Carey, J.W. Professor Carey's Self-Teacher in the Scientific Arts. He Gives over 500 Recipes, all warranted correct, and written in plain English.

116, iv pp. Original wrappers. First Edition. San Francisco: John H. Carmany, 1875.

Professor Carey covered just about every inch of ground on the scientific arts, from how to preserve seaweed to how to manufacture borax glass. There are all sorts of recipes herein, include Tomato Figs, Strawberry Cake, “Saloon and Bar-room Stock Syrup”, trial assay of ores (important in Gold Rush era San Francisco), White Spruce Beer, Spanish fritters, etc. Heavy insect damage to front wrapper and first 9 pages, affecting text, thus poor, but rest of this scarce book is legible and in very good condition. WorldCat finds just 3 copies in U.S. libraries. $120.

(San Francisco) Plymouth Church Cook Book.

Edited by the ladies and their friends of the church. Gilt-lettered black cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Jos. Winterburn, 1882.

Near fine; scarce. Glozer 276, Cook p.23. Bitting 592. SOLD

(San Francisco) Friends of the Sisters of St. Francis Technical School. St. Francis Cook Book.

115 pp. A few ads, incl. one full-page color. Printed wrappers. San Francisco: St. Franci Technical School, 1915.

Manuscript recipe for corn muffins to front free endpaper. Darkening and a few spots to covers, short tears along hinges, else about very good. $50. SOLD

(San Francisco) Potrero M.E. Church Cook Book: Collection of Tested Receipts Compiled for the Benefit of Potrero M.E. Church.

80 pp. Local ads in front & rear. Flexible black cloth. San Francisco: June 9, 1899.

Lobster salad, French coffee, fried oysters, sweet apple pickle, fried chicken, chili sauce, etc. likely lacking prelims. Up to title page. Some rubbing to covers, else good and quite scarce. Not in Glozer or Cook. $400. SOLD

(San Francisco) McLaren, L.L. Pan-Pacific Cook Book: Savory Bits from the World’s Fair.

Illus. with drawing of the California bear eating his way through each section. Yellow cloth, pictorial cover label. First Edition. San Francisco: Blair-Murdock, 1915.

Recipes from around the world all brought together for the S.F. Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. Patrons of the fair were exposed to foreign cuisines in many cases for the first time, and some of the foods they tasted, such as Chinese, even emboldened residents to venture in Chinatown. Very good and bright. Glozer 179. Bitting 302. $125. SOLD


(San Francisco) Hirtzler, Victor. Hotel St. Francis Book of Recipes: L'Art Culinaire.

Illus. with drawing of San Francisco's Hotel St. Francis and a photographic portrait of the author. Buff cloth. Subscription (First) Edition. San Francisco: Putney Haight, 1910.

Hirtzler was a French chef who was head chef of the St. Francis Hotel from its opening in 1904 until 1926. Considered one of America's first celebrity chefs, he publicized himself and his hotel by inventing dishes, writing cookbooks, and hosting extravagant meals. Hirtzler specialized in offering his guests many choices: "A typical dinner menu would offer a choice of fourteen cheeses, twenty clam or oyster dishes, eleven soups, twenty-four relishes, seventeen kinds of fish, and fifty-eight entrées from hamburger to Bohemian ham." Breakfasts included 203 different preparations of eggs, such as "Eggs Moscow" stuffed with caviar. In addition to naming dishes after guests (such as "Eggs Sarah Bernhardt", with diced chicken), Hirtzler invented or renamed a number of dishes after himself including "Chicken Salad Victor", "Crab Cocktail Victor", "Victor Dressing", and the best known, "Celery Victor". Hirtzler may also have invented Crab Louie, though of course, that's always up for debate. Glozer 127. Bitting 230. $150. SOLD

(San Francisco) Hirtzler, Victor. 100 Ways to Cook Eggs.

7-page booklet produced for the Poultry Producers of Central California. Hirtzler was a French chef who was head chef of the St. Francis Hotel from its opening in 1904 until 1926, and he brought his love of French cuisine to this little book. Eggs Careme, Eggs Voltaire, Eggs Gastronome, Eggs Epicurienne, etc. A few small spots to wrappers, else very good; scarce. $60.

(San Francisco) Ewell’s XL Dairy. One Thousand and One Useful Recipes and Valuable Hints about Cooking and Housekeeping.

192 pp. Illus. with numerous local ads. Printed wrappers. San Francisco: Dutton & Partridge, [1890].

One of the rare, early San Francisco cookbooks. Poor condition, with wrappers chipped, worn and detached. Bitting 586. $95. SOLD


(San Francisco) Rogers, Ann. A Cookbook for Poor Poets and Others. Foreword by Louis Bogan.

Jacket. First Edition. NY: Scribner’s, 1966.

One-pot meals, “Country Mouse” beans, “Grant Avenue Fried Rice,” “Golden Gate Pork,” “Poor Poet’s Tempura,” “Down and Out Eggs,” and other cheap meals for San Francisco poets. Very good. $45. SOLD


(San Francisco) Dixon’s Fountain and Lunch Recipes.

Illus. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth, binder rings inside. First Edition. San Francisco: Kia-Ora Fruit Juices, 1930.

Recipes for owners of soda fountains and lunch rooms, with recipes for egg-pineapple soda, root beer float, black and white sundae, French fudge ice cream, etc. Fine. $150.

(San Francisco) Evans, Edna. Home Bakings. Drawings by Harold Evans.

Pictorial white boards. First Edition. [San Francisco: H.S. Crocker or Golden Gate Compressed Yeast Co., 1912].

Home Bakings not only contains recipes for breads, cakes, and pastries, but also meats, vegetables, and fish. Some soiling to covers, else very good and quite scarce. Glozer 98. Bitting 149. $250.

(San Francisco) The Bride’s Cook Book: A Gift from the Merchants of San Francisco.

Illus. With numerous ads for local businesses. Dec. boards. San Francisco: Pacific Coast Publishing, 1917.

Issued for the new bride, with ads for wedding photographers, Ghiardelli chocolate, home furnishings, etc.; this copy amazingly with all coupons for goods still attached as issued. Recipes for the San Francisco bride include Honey Tarts, Apple Meringue Pie, Liberty Coffee Cake, Indian Griddle Cakes, etc. Everything a groom could love! Very good. $60. SOLD

(San Joaquin County) Selected Recipes contributed by members of the Farm Home Department of the Farm Bureau.

60 pp. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. San Joaquin County: Manteca Bulletin Print, c. 1910. Rear cover detached, with old tape to rear inside wrapper, else good. Final recipe is for “How to Preserve a Husband.” $45. SOLD

(San Jose) Ladies' Aid Society of the Twentieth Street M.E. Church. Ladies' Aid Society Cook Book.

70 pp. Illus. with local ads. San Jose: 1917.

Celery Slaw, Pineapple Pie, Fruit Candy, Cream Date Rolls, Orange Marmalade, and other California specialties. Staining to wrappers & interior, else good; scarce. $250. SOLD

(San Jose) Home of Benevolence of San Jose, California. The Hygeia Cook Book.

24 pp. Replete with local ads. Printed wrappers. San Jose: News Job Rooms, 1898.

Darkening & chipping to wrappers; foxing & faint internal dampstaining, thus good, but rare. Not in Glozer or Cook. $200. SOLD

(San Mateo) Ladies of the Guild of the Church of St. Matthew. Choice Recipes.

117, [9] ad pp. Illus. with local ads in rear, incl. a photo of the San Mateo Livery Stables. Printed wrappers. San Mateo: 1897.

San Mateo’s first cookbook. Recipes from members of the Guild include pickled figs, chile sauce with apples, apricot marmalade, green peppers stuffed with cheese, “Larks in their Nest” (the “nest” being composed of mushrooms), etc. A bit of soiling, else very good and quite rare. Glozer 282, Cook p.25. Bitting 529. $800. SOLD

(San Rafael) Jones, Nettie M. San Rafael Cook Book 1906.

222 pp. Illus. with local ads from San Rafael businesses, and photo of San Rafael’s First Presbyterian Church on title page. Flexible light blue cloth. First Edition. San Rafael: c.1907.

What sounds worse: Spaghetti (Hawaiian), Coffee Jelly, Canary Pudding, or Invalid’s Steak? These are offset with delicious-sounding recipes for Southern Chicken Gumbo, Pickled Olives, and a Chocolate Omelette. A bit of dog-earing to pages, else near fine. Glozer 135, Cook p.29. Bitting 248. $200. SOLD

(Somis) Cook Book of the Somis Thursday Club.

Green boards. Somis: 1929.

Five dollar chocolate cake, roasted duckling, German fried chicken, grapenut pudding, walnut squares, doughnuts in rhyme, and something called Egyptian Surprise (!). Somis is an unincorporated community of Ventura County, California that was established in 1892 by Thomas Bard and D.T. Perkins on a portion of the Mexican land grant, Rancho Las Posas. Offset & chipping to lacquered covers, else good. $60. SOLD

(Santa Barbara) Managers of the Cottage Hospital, eds. Good Things from Good Cooks.

Illus. from photographs of Santa Barbara landmarks. White boards printed in blue. First Edition. Santa Barbara: Pacific Coast Publishing, 1909.

Spanish-Mexican recipes a’plenty: Albodingas de Pescado, Stuffed Chilis, Spanish Quail, even Spanish Mustard! Very good. Brown 87, Glozer 286, Cook p.31. $200. SOLD

(Santa Maria) Ladies Aid Society. Presbyterian Ladies Aid Cook Book.

Illus. with ads from local businesses, and frontis. photograph of the Presbyterian Church of Santa Maria, Calif. White boards. Second Edition, Revised. Santa Barbara: Pacific Coast Publishing, 1922.

Bran Muffins, Graham Bread, Tortillas, Arroz Guisado, Salsa de Chili Verde, etc. A very Cal-Mex cookbook. Cloth cracked at hinges, else about very good. Glozer 291. $60. SOLD

(San Pedro) Ladies’ Aid Society of First Methodist Episcopal Church. Ladies’ Aid Cook Book.

Illus. with ads. Green cloth. San Pedro, California: First Methodist Episcopal Church, 1929.

Presents choice & tested recipes of the members & friends of this church; includes other interesting & valuable & historical data, including officers of the Ladies Aid Society for 1929-30, a foreword by the Pastor and a large & illustrated sample of advertisements by San Pedro businesses of the period, from radio to clothier vendors with and Index of over 50 advertisers. Near fine.

* Ladies of the Mary Star of the Sea. The Bride’s Cook Book: A Treasure to Every Housewife.

Illus. with local ads. Pictorial stapled wrappers. San Pedro: Mary Star of the Sea, c.1920. Staples rusted, else very good. Together, $45.

(Santa Monica) Casselmann, Mrs. D. A., ed. Santa Monica Bay Cook Book.

Illus. with ads for local businesses. Dec. printed wrappers. First Edition. [Ocean Park?]: Sunshine Society, 1910.

“Worlds Fair Cake,” Strawberry Shortcake, Whole Fig Preserves, Gooseberry Catsup, Orange Marmalade, etc., all from Santa Monica residents. There’s even a nostalgic recipe for “Vassar College Fudge”! Lower 2” of rear wrapper corner lacking, and about 1” from last page as well (in the same area), neither affecting text, still very good and quite scarce. $200. SOLD.

(Sonoma) Ladies’ Aid Society of the Fulton Presbyterian Church. The Re-Appear: A Book of Choice Recipes.

150 pp. Article on last page titled “Cooking Dried Fruits” by Geo. D. Dornin. Illus. with numerous local ads. Flexible cloth. Sonoma County [Santa Rosa]: Ladies’ Aid Society, 1908.

Blackberry cordial, walnut wafers, dried apple cake, duck salad, strawberry shortcake, etc. Manuscript recipe in pencil to rear flyleaf. Binding shaken, a few spots & soiling to covers, else good. Glozer 111, Cook. P.31, who both refer to this as the 2nd Ed., but there are no citations for the 1st. Bitting 597. $150. SOLD

(Stockton) The Cook’s Oracle, 450 Recipes Tried, Tested, Proved.

128 pp. Illus. with local ads, incl. one full double-sided page printed in blue. Orig. printed pink wrappers. First Edition. Stockton, CA: Ladies’ Social Union of the Central M.E. Church, 1887.

Most likely the first cookbook published in Stockton, replete with local ads for meat markets, flour mills, etc., and recipes for all varieties of pies, cakes, puddings and pastries from members of the church. Owner’s name in pencil to upper front cover, with a few faint pencil marks inside, most of spine wrappers deteriorated though binding is still holing. Chipping with some paper loss to wrappers, a couple faint spots to front wrapper, else good – extremely scarce. $500. SOLD.

(Trader Vic) Bergeron, Victor. Trader Vic’s Thoughts on Barbecuing.

Illus. Pictorial stiff velour wrappers. 1 of 1,000 copies. First Edition. York, PA: Printing Plate Craftsmen, 1948.

Includes detailed instructions on how to build an outdoor fire pit, and with loose 10-pp “Passport to Trader Vic’s Exotic Foods” laid-in. Near fine; two scarce Trader Vic publications. $200. SOLD

(Turlock & Saticoy) Christian Womens Fellowship of the First Christian Church. Favorite Recipes from our Kitchens to Yours. 64 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Turlock: c.1920. ● Ladies of Saticoy Club House. Cook Book. 36 pp. Illus. with local ads & frontis. photograph of the Workingmen’s Club House in Saticoy. Oxnard: Press of Oxnard Courier, 1904.

Glozer 294, Cook p.28. Of the frontis. photo, Glozer writes, “Published to raise money needed to pay off debts incurred in opening a Workingmen’s Club House…A photograph of the club house appears in the book, and a more depressing looking place could hardly be found in all of California.” Both near fine, with lovely recipes from Southern California for preserved watermelon rind, orange marmalade, anchovy toast, eggplant fritters, tacos, tamale pie, Chamita meat balls, etc. Together, $120.

(Vegetarian) Finkel, Harry. Diet and Cook Book: A Diet Book for the Doctor, Nurse, Dietician, Layman, and for All who are interested in the Study of Diet and its Relation to Health…A Vegetarian Cook Book Including Recipes and Menus that Aid in the Recovery of Every Disease.

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Second Edition. Los Angeles: Society for Public Health Education, 1925.

Short tears to cloth at upper spine, else very good – published in L.A.’s heyday of early vegetarian and diet books. $45. SOLD

(Walnut Creek) Woman's Club. "Still Another" Cook Book.

60 pp. Replete with local ads. Printed wrappers. Walnut Creek: Woman's Club, c.1915.

Fine condition, with recipes from members for peanut brittle, egg timbales, Annie's cake ("Never fails"), date pie, enchiladas, Spanish salmon, etc. Near fine. $65. SOLD

(Watsonville) Woman’s Club. Dainties.

48 pp. Illus. with local ads. Printed wrappers. Watsonville: c.1900.

Poor condition, but a very early Watsonville cookbook, with wonderful ads for corsets, ice cream bricks, harnesses, and other goods of bygone days. The current home of the Watsonville Woman’s Club was built in 1917, and is listed on the historic register. $30.

(Weather Bird Press) Lutes, Della. The Ideal Vegetable Soup, excerpted from The Country Kitchen 1936. ● Hitchcock, David. Southern California Wine Grapes: Mission. Orig. etching by Elva Marshall tipped-in to rear.

Together, nos. 5 & 3 of the Weather Bird Press Food & Drink Series. Letterpress wrappers. N.p.: Weather Bird Press, 2003.

Vance Gerry (1930-2005) enjoyed an international reputation as the proprietor of the Weather Bird Press, printing elegantly designed books, often with lush illustrations. Fine. $40 each. SOLD

(Whittier) Home Economics Dept. of the Whittier Woman's Club. Cook Book.

Stiff green printed wrappers. Whittier: 1928-29.

Near fine. $125. SOLD

(Whittier) Woman’s Club of Whittier. The Patteran Cook Book.

111 pp. Illus. with ads from local businesses. Printed wrappers. First Edition. Whittier: c.1930.

Chapters include Barbecues and Picnics, Buffet and Bridge Menus, Frozen Desserts, Jams and Jellies, etc. A bit of darkening to extremities, else very good. $45. SOLD

(Whittier) Woman’s Auxiliary of Whittier College. Quaker College Cook Book.

245 pp. Illus. with local ads. Red cloth. Frist Edition. Whittier: Will A. Smith’s Print Shop, 1914.

From the intro: “In cosmopolitan California we gather items from the good cooks of the world. Much from Mexico that warms the cockles of the heart and suits our mild climate. Suggestions come from the islands of the seas as well as from China, Japan, Alaska, and what not.” The authors go on to assure the reader there are no recipes for Indian tiger or Oriental elephant herein. Fading from insect damage to slightly bowed covers; old newspaper recipe clippings mounted to endpapers, with corresponding offset to nearby pages, else fair to good. $65. SOLD

(Wine) Van Dyke, Mona. Cooking with Wine: Recipes.

32 pp. Illus. from photographs of the Roma Wine Company in Lodi, and printed in various colors. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Lodi: Roma Wine Co., 1935.

Fine condition. $25.

(Wine) Riker, Douglas H. The Wine Book of Knowledge.

Illus. Cloth-backed boards. First Edition. Los Angeles: Ascot Press, 1934.

With a couple pages of cocktail recipes, but mostly about the California wine industry post-prohibition. Fading to extremities, else very good. $40. SOLD

(Wine) Balzer, Robert Lawrence. Robert Lawrence Balzer’s Private Guide to Food & Wine.

12 issues, collected together in a paper binder. Illus. Orig. pictorial wrappers. N.p.: Oct. 1971-Oct. 1972.

Covering all manner of wines over the period of a year, Balzer©–s writings on wine, particularly California wines, have remained substantial. Fine. $90.

(Wine) Wemyss, Nina, ed. Soul of the Vine: Wine in Literature – A Selection.

Preface by Robert Mondavi. Illus. with drawings printed in orange by Margrit Biever. Oblong quarter cloth & boards, paper cover label. Fourth Edition. 1 of 2000 copies printed by Peter Koch. Oakville: Robert Mondavi Winery, 1999.

Inscribed & signed by Robert Mondavi on the title page, dated 1999. Small scratch to front cover, else about fine. $60. SOLD

(Wine) Bioletti, Frederic. The Principles of Wine-Making.

Illus. with wood engravings of micro-organisms. Library buckram. First Edition. Sacramento: University of California, 1911.

Frederic Theodore Bioletti was born in England in 1865, and in 1878, he came to the U.S. and settled in Sonoma County. He soon found work on Senator Stanford's Vina Ranch, where he was employed in the senator's commercial wine cellar. While earning his Master's degree in 1898, he was also an assistant to noted soil scientist Professor E.W. Hilgard. While working with Hilgard, Bioletti studied the fermentation of wines under a variety of conditions, and the results of his experiments aided California vintners in refining their wine production practices and improving the resulting wines. His pioneering work in grape-growing and wine-making practices in California includes this study on micro-organisms found in grapes and wine, and how to control them. Ex-Library with the usual markings, else very good. Gabler 13270. $90.

(Wine) Haraszthy, Arpad, et al., eds. Annual Report of the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners for 1887.

Illus. with charts. Orig. gilt-lettered pebbled cloth. Sacramento: State Office, 1888. With reports by Haraszthy, Charles Krug, Isaac DeTurk, George West, J.H. Wheeler, W.B. Rising, and L.J. Rose on their early experiments and discoveries with California wine and grapes. Presentation bookplate to the California Academy of Sciences from Albert Koebele, who developed important insecticides for crops in California between 1855 and 1881. Fine. $400.

(Wine) Haraszthy, Arpad, et al., eds. Report of the Sixth Annual State Viticultural Convention, held at Pioneer Hall, San Francisco, March 7, 8, 9, 10, 1888, under the Auspices of the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners of California.

Illus. with one folding chart of experimental fermentations from 1887.

With reports by Haraszthy, W.S. Manlove, J.H. Wheeler, C.J. Wetmore, et al., on subjects such as Wine Storage and the Preserving of Fruits in Cold Storage, Wine and Brandy: Making and Marketing, The Chaintree System of Pruning and Conducting the Vine in California, etc. Gilt-lettered pebbled brown cloth. Sacramento: State Office, 1888. Very good. $400. SOLD.

(Wine) West, George, et al., eds. Grape Syrup. Appendix A to the Annual Report of the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners for 1893.

Heavily illus. with wood engravings, photographs, and folding diagram of grape syrup machinery. Gilt-lettered pebbled purple cloth. Sacramento: State Office, 1893.

Fine condition, with fascinating images of production methods. $80. SOLD.

(Wine) Wetmore, Charles, ed. Second Annual Report of the Chief Executive Viticultural Officer to the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners, for the Years 1882-3 and 1883-4 with Three Appendices, Published Separately.

184pgs + 1st appendix: The Chaintre System of Pruning and Conducting the Vine: 67pgs + 2nd appendix: Practical Manual of Pruning as Practiced near Bordeaux, 61pgs + 3rd appendix: Different Methods of Grafting the Vine, 62pgs. Illustrated, incl. fold-out chart (Analysis of California Soils). Orig. pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Sacramento: State Office, James J. Ayers, Supt. State Printing, 1884. Gabler 12425. The scarce Second Annual Report, with refined wood engravings, reporting on early methods of grape growing and winemaking in California. Slight discoloration to lower from cover, 1” tear/mar to cloth on lower cover, still very good. $650. SOLD.

(Wine) Wetmore, Charles. Viticulture and Viniculture in California.

Statements and Extracts from Reports of the Board of State Viticultural Commissioners, prepared specially for Distribution at the New Orleans World Fair, 1885. 42 pp. Light blue printed wrappers. Sacramento: State Office, 1885. Extracts from the Second Annual Report from California. In 1882, Wetmore established the Cresta Blanca Winery in Livermore, with cuttings of Sauvignon blanc from Chateau d'Yquem and other top Bordeaux properties. Its first vintage, a dry white wine in 1884, won Grand Prix at the 1889 Paris Exposition, becoming the first California wine to win a competition in France. The victory also assured the future of the still nascent California wine industry. Scarce; fine. $400. SOLD.

(Wine) Hilgard, Eugene Woldemar, Paperelli, Louis, & Bioletti, Frederick Theodore. Report of the Agricultural Work during the Seasons 1887-93, with Data Regarding the Vintages of 1894-95.

Illus. with numerous charts analyzing musts and wines. Orig. gilt-lettered pebbled cloth. Sacramento: University of California College of Agriculture, 1896.

In a new country like California, in which the specific wine-making qualities of most of the various grapes grown in the State, are as yet unknown quantities, the determination of their chemical peculiarities can render the most essential practical service to the winemaker, whether in determining the best adaptation of varieties already planted, or in the selection of those best adapted to his locality and purposes.” A fascinating look at the early days of California winemaking, and efforts to determine their marketability. Binder’s mar to cloth at upper front cover, else very good. $400.

(Woodland/Rumsey) Rumsey Cook Book.

39, [21 ad] pp. Illus. with numerous local ads in rear. Pictorial orange wrappers. Rumsey, CA: Ladies Aid Society, 1914.

A medley of California recipes for tamale beans, Spanish stuffed peppers, health bread, chop suey, enchiladas, and tortillas, as well as regional American fare like Southern corn cake. Ads include one for a local product called L. & D. Tamale Spice (“Excellent Seasoning for Beans and Stews”). Dog-earred corners, else very good. $120. SOLD

(Woodland) Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The White Ribbon Cook-Book, Compiled by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Yolo County, California.

116 pp. Illus. with ads for Woodland businesses, incl. a few splashes of color printing. Gilt-lettered blue cloth. First Edition. Woodland: Home Alliance, 1899.

With a chapter on Yolo Country attractions, and manuscript recipes for doughnuts, chili sauce (at high altitude), etc. written on blank endpapers in contemporary hand. Rubbing to corners & spine ends; rear hinge cracked, with rear flyleaf detached, some internal faint dampstains and short marginal tears, else good. $300. SOLD

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