AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF SOUTHERN COOKERY

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Hill, Mrs. A[nnabella].P. Housekeeping Made Easy. Mrs. Hill’s New Family Receipt Book for the Kitchen: A Practical System for Private Families in Town and Country particularly adapted to the South.

 

Illus. with wood engravings of carving and table arrangements; publisher’s catalog mounted to rear free endpaper as originally issued. Original gilt-stamped purple cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: James O’Kane, 1867.

This is one of the most influential cooking primers of the Old South. Mrs. Hill was exacting about crediting the sources of her recipes, and a good number of them came from the region of west Georgia. According to Damon Fowler, in his introduction to the reprint of her famed cookbook, “…even though the book was very influential during the last quarter of the nineteenth century as a record of cooking practice, its proper place is beside The Virginia House-wife (1824), The Kentucky House-wife (1839), and The Carolina House-wife (1847) as a major record of antebellum Southern cookery.” Signatures of the owner, M.M. Colt, dated Hartford 1869 & 1870, to front endpapers. This most likely belonged to Mary Colt, sister of Samuel Colt (the inventor of Colt Firearms). Some fading to spine, chipping to spine ends; foxing, else very good and extremely scarce. $2,000. SOLD

 



Johnson, Nannie Talbot. What to Cook and How to Cook It: Practical Directions for Cooking with Recipes for Dishes from the Simplest to the Most Elaborate.

 

Cloth. Revised & Enlarged Edition. NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1923.

Originally published in 1899, this is a "book containing directions for cooking in its various forms, with nearly a thousand receipts, from the simplest and most practical to the higher order and more ornamental dishes." A bit shelfworn, else about very good. $85. SOLD

 

Johnson, Mrs. W[illiam].A. (Nannie). Cakes, Candy and Culinary Crinkles; A Companion to ''What to Cook and How to Cook It.''

 

Cloth. First Edition. Louisville: Pentecostal Publishing, 1912.

A scarce 20th century Southern cookbook, with recipes for regional specialties such as Frozen Watermelon, St, Augustine Timbal, New Orleans Pralines, Peanut Nougat, etc. Near fine. $150. SOLD

 

 


Knowles, Laura Thornton. Southern Recipes Tested by Myself.

 

Pictorial brick cloth. First Edition. NY: George H. Doran, 1913.

Southern and Cajun recipes, including Okra Gumbo, Gopher Soup (“Gopher is a dry land turtle” !), Brunswick Stew, Barbecued Pig, Crab Jambalaya, Oil Mangoes, Lady Baltimore Cake, and Mint Julep. There’s even a recipe for sweet potato pone, an early bread made by Native Americans and a staple in African American foodways. Cagle 421; Axford p. 373; Bitting p. 264; Wheaton & Kelly 3367. Some scratches to white stamping on cover, else very good. Scarce. $200. SOLD

 

Porter, Mrs. M.E. Mrs. Porter's New Southern Cookery Book, and Companion for Frugal and Economical Housekeepers.

 

Orig. dec. cloth, gilt-stamped cover. First Edition. Philadelphia: John E. Potter, [1871].

With 416 pages of recipes, more than half of which are for desserts and baking, Mrs. Porter's New Southern Cookery Book is considered by some to be the quintessential catalog of 19th century baked goods. Mrs. Porter has some of the earliest American recipes for birthday cakes, but also some wonderful savory recipes for our lost heritage foods, like canvasback duck, roasted larks, and turtle soup ("Kill the turtle at night in winter and in the morning in summer."). Fascinating advice! Very good & bright - a rarity. $350. SOLD

 

Smith, Myrtle Ellison. A Civil War Cook Book: Typical of the Times but Timely for Today.

 

Frontis. photograph of the Lincoln home kitchen. Jacket. Harrogate, TN: Lincoln Memorial University, 1966.

SIGNED by the author on the title page. From the reviews, this standout: “…one of the most unusual cookbooks to come along in years. And the book includes the recipe for Chatham Artillery Punch, which may explain why the South lost the Civil War.” Fine. $45. SOLD

 

 





Washington, Martha, Guild. Martha Washington Log Cabin Cook Book, Valley Forge.

 

Gilt-lettered blue cloth, pictorial cover label. Valley Forge: Martha Washington Guild, 1924.

Recipes from the tea room of the Log Cabin in the woodland skirting Washington Memorial Chapel, with recipes from the northernmost South, incl. Pigs in Blankets (oysters), How to Cook Good Virginia Hams, Grillades a la Creole, Fried Chicken, Washington Pie, etc. Fine. $45. SOLD

 

(African American) Baldwin, Mary H. & Evelyn Hinds. The Marigold Cook Book: A Practical and Useful Collection of Southern Recipes.

 

Spiral-bound pictorial boards. First Edition. NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1938.

The Marigold Restaurants were famous across the South in their day. Very good & bright. $50. SOLD

 

 





(African American) Bivins, S. Thomas. The Southern Cookbook: A Manual of Cooking and List of Menus, including Recipes Used by Noted Colored Cooks and Prominent Caterers.

 

Cloth. First Edition. Hampton, VA: Hampton Institute, 1912.

Typical Southern recipes and their traditional preparations are preceded by this thesis by the author regarding African American cooks: “Domestic service consists not simply in going the rounds and doing the humdrum duties of the house, but in scientifically cooking the food: in creating new dishes and in having a thorough knowledge of the family, the peculiar tastes, habits and dispositions of each member so as to be able to meet all their peculiar wants and circumstance. Such service would be indispensable to any family.” Rubbing to spine ends; front hinge starting, else very good. SOLD

 

 




(African American) Fisher, Mrs. Abby. What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, etc.

 

Gilt-lettered red pebbled cloth. First Edition. San Francisco: Women’s Co-operative Printing Office, 1881.

This is the first published cookbook in the U.S. to be written by a previously-enslaved African-American woman. Fisher, born a slave in Mobile, Alabama, moved to San Francisco after the Civil War and became a successful caterer, known for her recipes like oyster pie and pepper mangoes. She and her husband owned a pickle company in San Francisco. I find her “Preface and Apology” extremely moving: “The publication of a book on my knowledge and experience of Southern Cooking, Pickle and Jelly Making, has been frequently asked of me by my lady friends and patrons in San Francisco and Oakland, and also by ladies of Sacramento during the State Fair in 1879. Not being able to read or write myself, and my husband also having been without the advantages of an education – upon whom would devolve the writing of the book at my dictation – caused me to doubt whether I would be able to present a work that would give perfect satisfaction. But, after due consideration, I concluded to bring forward a book of my knowledge – based on an experience of upwards of thirty-five years – in the art of cooking Soups, Gumbos, Terrapin Stews, Meat Stews, Baked and Roast Meats, Pastries, Pies and Biscuits, making Jellies, Pickles, Sauces, Ice-creams and Jams, preserving Fruits, etc. The book will be found a complete instructor, so that a child can understand it and learn the art of cooking.” Inscribed & signed “To Harry Gates, Esq. from Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Fisher” on front free endpaper in period ink. Gates was a tenor at San Francisco's Tivoli Garden. As Mrs. Fisher herself claimed neither she nor her husband could read or write, we can assume this was inscribed by someone standing in for them, or that someone seems to have been practicing writing the inscribee’s name or showing the authors how it should look, as there are samples in another hand below, as well as on following flyleaf, in purple pencil. Additionally, there is a fantastic contemporary hand-written recipe for terrapin soup (calling for ½ dozen terrapin!) written on the verso of a Masonic Temple invite from 1891, mounted to front pastedown. Dusty, somewhat soiled & discolored, but still very good and exceedingly rare. $4,000. SOLD

 


(African American) Gaskins, Ruth. A Good Heart and a Light Hand: Ruth L. Gaskins’ Collection of traditional Negro Recipes.

 

Illus. from drawings by Porge Buck. Pictorial spiral-bound boards. First Edition. Alexandria, VA: 1968.

Compiled by women in Alexandria, Virginia, with the purpose of distributing proceeds from the sales of the book to “organizations which primarily benefit Alexandria’s Negro Citizens.” Fine. $60. SOLD

 



(African American – Virginia) Glover, E.T. The Warm Springs Receipt-Book.

 

Orig. blindstamped black cloth. First Edition. Richmond, VA: B.F. Johnson, 1897.

According to Doris Witt in her book Black Hunger: Soul Food and America, “Though Glover…never refers to his race, his preface would suggest that he was an African American. He writes, for instance, that ‘[t]he compilation of this book was suggested by a host of friends to whom I have catered for several years at the Warm Sulphur Springs, Virginia.’, this being a standard locution used by early black writers to offset their ‘presumption’ in taking up the pen.” A few spots & a bit of shelf wear, else very good, with neat inscription dated 1904 to front flyleaf. Rare. $500. SOLD

 

 




(African American) Lewis, Edna & Evangeline Peterson. The Edna Lewis Cookbook.

 

Jacket. First Edition. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1972.

A couple short, closed tears to jacket extremities, minor rubbing to front jacket panel, else near fine. The importance of Lewis’ contributions to Southern cuisine in the 20th century cannot be understated. $225. SOLD

 

(African American) McRee, Patsie. The Kitchen and the Cotton Patch.

 

Illus, with drawings of African Americans working in the South, by K. Burke. Tall 4to, jacket. First Edition. Atlanta: Cullom & Ghertner, 1948.

Poems in “negro dialect” by the daughter of a former landowner for whom numerous African Americans worked in post-slavery Georgia, accompanied by recipes (also in dialect). According to McRee, they were treated well and were extraordinarily happy (a typical myth many direct descendants of Southern landowners chose to believe). Chipping to jacket extremities, small piece lacking from upper front panel, front panel neatly detached, else very good. $85. SOLD

 





(African American) Moncure, Blance Elbert. Emma Jane’s Souvenir Cookbook and Some Old Virginia Recipes.

 

Wrappers. First Edition. Williamsburg, VA: 1937.

Emma Jane was actually Emma Jane Jackson Beauregard Jefferson Davis Lincoln Christian, whose photographic portrait is included after the preface. According to the author, she had been a servant in their family for more than 50 years, born during the Civil War and named by some Union soldiers passing through. The beginning of the book is written in “negro dialect”, under the heading “Emma Jane Gives Advice to Miss Sally, a Bride-to-be.” Recipes include Wild Cherry Wine, Damson Pickle (among many other pickles), Robert E. Lee Cake, etc. Shelf wear to extremities, else very good. $95. SOLD

 

 




(African American) Scott, Natalie. Mirations & Miracles of Mandy: Some Favorite Louisiana Recipes.

 

Pictorial stiff wrappers. New Orleans: Robert True, 1929.

“Mandy” was a composite of the African-American cook in the South that Scott was familiar with. Scott was also the author of 200 Years of New Orleans Cooking (1930) and The Gourmet’s Guide to New Orleans. Typical recipes are Shrimp Louisiane, Mock Turtle Eggs, Creole Pork Chops, and Beignets de Pomme. Near fine. $75. SOLD

 

 





(Alabama) Bashinsky, Elizabeth B., ed. Tried and True Recipes, Alabama Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

 

Illus. with numerous ads from Alabama businesses. Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. Troy, AL: Scholarship Committee Alabama Division U.D.C., 1922.

Contributions from “women of culture and refinement” across Alabama include Creole Fish, Black Devil Chocolate Cake, Pepper Has, Green Tomato Pickle, Watermelon Rind Preserves, Twin Mountain Muffins, Shrimp Fritters, etc. The majority of the recipes are for baked goods and condiments. Insect damage to covers; pin holes to upper title page, else about very good. $125. SOLD

 

(Alabama) Gulf City Cook Book, compiled by the Ladies of the St. Francis Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South Mobile, Alabama.

 

Illus. with local ads. Green cloth lettered in black. First Edition Thus. Nashville & Dallas: Publishing House of the M.E. Church, 1911.

Originally compiled in 1878, during Reconstruction. Some Southern classics and original inventions are laid out in this 252-page book: okra gumbo, turtle soup (don't forget to cut the claws off), Confederate Veal, boiled redfish, “Frank’s Stewed Oysters,” Rebel Pudding, Cushaw Pudding, etc. A bit of running to spine ends, else near fine. $120. SOLD

 

(Cocktails, etc.) McCulloch-Williams, Martha. Dishes & Beverages of the Old South.

 

Illus. with decorations by Russel Crofoot. Pictorial tan cloth. NY: McBride, Nast, 1913.

Some great original cocktail and non-alcoholic drinks in here include Grandmother’s Cherry Bounce, Persimmon Beer, Hail Storm (a brandy drink), Punch a la Ruffle Shirts, etc. Fine. $150. SOLD

 




(Cocktails, etc.) L.S.F. Beverages and Sauces of Colonial Virginia.

 

Pictorial blue & yellow cloth. First Edition. Richmond: William Byrd Press, 1938.

Wonderful recipes finely printed on wide-margin paper: Mint Cordial, Royal Strawberry Acid, George Mason’s Egg-Nog, Ginger Wine, Colonial Lemonade, etc. Lots of original drinks and sauces herein. A touch of discoloration along front hinge, else near fine. $75. SOLD

 

 





(Cocktails, etc.) Smith, Jacqueline & Sue Mason Maury Halsey. Famous Old Receipts Used a Hundred Years and More in the Kitchens of the North and South, Contributed by Descendants.

 

Red cloth lettered in white. First Edition. Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1906.

Contributors are from the North and South (incl. Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt), but with a heavy emphasis on Pennsylvania. Recipes include Roast Pig, Potted Pigeons, To Stew Wild Ducks, Creole Recipe for Grillades, Sweet Potato Pone, Corn Pudding, Frozen Coffee, etc., as well as numerous cocktails such as John Dabney’s Mint Julep, Rum Toddy, Baltimore Tea Punch, Strawberry Acid, Old Virginia Eggnog, Wild Cherry Bounce, and President Cleveland’s Recipe for Sherry Cobbler. Very good. $120. SOLD

 

 




(Georgia) Smith, Julia Floyd. Slavery and Rice Culture in Low Country Georgia

 

1750-1860. Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1985.

Fine, with valuable information about a miserable time and place. $45. SOLD

 

(Georgia) Colquitt, Harriet Ross, ed. The Savannah Cook Book: A Collection of Old Fashioned Receipts from Colonial Kitchens.

 

Intro. By Ogden Nash. Decorations by Florence Olmstead. Cloth. Early Edition. NY: Farrar & Rinehart, 1933.

SIGNED by Ross on the front free endpaper (with owners’ names further below, dated 1937). Chipping to spine head, slight darkening to spine, rubbing to extremities, else good. $45. SOLD

 

 





(Georgia) Dennis, Annie E[lizabeth] & Daisy A. Wright. Annie Dennis’ Cook Book, a Compendium of Popular Household Recipes for the Busy Housewife.

 

342 (of 387) pp. Period black cloth, crudely rebacked. Atlanta: American Publishing & Engraving, 1894.

An early, important work on Georgia cookery, with regional recipes for rice waffles, hominy waffles and grits, (Virginia) Tyree, Marion Cabell, ed. Housekeeping in Old Virginia loaf bread, Southern negus (a cherry & currant concoction), artichoke pickle, peach short cake, etc. Unfortunately likely lacking last 45 pp. (WorldCat, which lists just 3 copies found in U.S. libraries, lists the book as being 387 pp.), but pages lacking are for home remedies rather than food recipes. Rebinding is crude, with perpetrator’s inscription to front pastedown; attack by zealous pencil-wielder to a few pages (incl. one which is partially torn as well), but information inside is invaluable. Many pages of recipes using local fruits & berries such as cherries, huckleberries, peaches, tomatoes, etc. $400. SOLD

 

(Georgia) The Gate City Cook Book.

Compiled by Committee Number Two of the Ladies' Aid Society of the Ponce deLeon Avenue Baptist Church. Illus. with ads, incl. one for Coca-Cola (!). Printed wrappers. First Edition. Atlanta: 1905. An early printed Georgia cookbook, which includes several recipes for Brunswick Stew (using chicken or beef), Hog's Head, Little Girl's Doll Cake, Cornbread, Waffles, Shrimp Pie, Terrapin Soup, Sweet Peach Pickles, etc. Near fine - scarce. $250. SOLD

(Kentucky) Benedict, Jennie C. The Blue Ribbon Cook Book.

 

Blue cloth lettered in white. Third Edition. Louisville: Standard Printing, 1904.

Tabbed recipe sections include “Benedictine,” the cucumber sandwich spread the author named after herself. According to Culinate, “Benedict, who was once the most famous caterer in Louisville, Kentucky, and also operated a celebrated tea room and soda fountain, trained with Fannie Farmer at the Boston Cooking School. Five editions of Benedict’s famous cookbook were published…As a creative entrepreneur, Benedict had a significant influence on the local culture and foodways. Her sweet and savory dishes were the stars of many Derby parties, and yet she placed equal emphasis on simple luncheon and dinner recipes to satisfy the needs of home cooks. While her popular dishes graced genteel tables all over the Bluegrass, Benedict’s chicken-salad sandwiches, sold from a pushcart, offered Louisville children the first school lunches in the city.” Rubbing to spine ends; owner’s name to top of title page, else very good. $85. SOLD

 





(Kentucky) Carlisle, Mrs. John, Mrs. Walter Gresham, Mrs. General Crook, Mrs. W.A. Dudley, &c. Mrs. John C. Carlisle’s Kentucky Cook Book, containing Original Recipes Never Published.

 

Gilt-lettered pictorial white cloth. First Edition. Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1893.

Kentucky Corn Bread, Disguised Ham, Griddled Oysters, Kentucky Beaten Biscuits, Blackberry Wine, etc. An important 19th c. work on Kentucky cooking, one of a handful published. Light chipping to spine head; joints reinforced, else very good & bright. Scarce. $500. SOLD

 

 





(Kentucky) Dunlap, Lina. Out of the Blue Grass: A Book of Recipes. Candlelight Tea: A Book of Recipes.

 

Printed in red & black. Pictorial stiff wrappers. Lexington: Transylvania Printing, 1910.

Two volumes covering Kentucky recipes such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (“Select fat yellow chickens, never the blue, sickly looking ones”), pork scrabble, mock terrapin, broiled quail, corn pudding, peanut sandwiches, etc. Near fine. $75 the two together. SOLD.

 





(Kentucky) Flexner, Marion. Out of Kentucky Kitchens.

 

Intro. by Duncan Hines. Jacket. First “Limited Kentucky” Edition. NY: Franklin Watts, 1949.

SIGNED by Flexner on the limitation page. Chipping to jacket extremities, small piece of jacket front panel affected by adhering, else about very good. $60. SOLD

 





(Kentucky) Ladies of the Presbytarian Church, Paris, KY. Housekeeping in the Blue Grass : a new and practical cook book, containing nearly a thousand recipes, many of them new, and all of them tried and known to be valuable, such as have been used by the best house-keepers of Kentucky and other states : together with many miscellaneous recipes, useful in families, etc.

 

Gilt-lettered pebbled brick cloth. Third Thousand. Cincinnati: George Stevens, 1875.

This edition was published within the first year of publication. From the introduction, the importance of the work is parsed: "…first, of its containing recipes of dishes which have gratified the appetites of families and guests of some of the best housekeepers in this far-famed region; secondly, and by way of climax, in that it was conceived in the earnest desire of the ladies connected with the ‘Missionary Society’ of the Southern Presbyterian Church, Paris, Ky., to do something more in the way of benevolence than was found practicable in the use of the needle." Chipping to spine ends, soiling to covers, rubbing to corners; front free endpaper lacking, still very good and tight. $150. SOLD

 

 





(Kentucky) Ladies of the Presbytarian Church, Paris, KY. Housekeeping in the Blue Grass : a new and practical cook book, containing nearly a thousand recipes, many of them new, and all of them tried and known to be valuable, such as have been used by the best house-keepers of Kentucky and other states : together with many miscellaneous recipes, useful in families, etc.

 

Gilt-lettered cloth. New and Enlarged (Tenth) Edition. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke, [1879].

Fair condition, with rubbing and wear to spine, cloth along spine somewhat loose; joints cracked. Still, a hard to find edition. $50. SOLD

 




(Kentucky) Ladies of the Methodist Church, South, Maysville, KY. The Kentucky Home Cookbook.

 

Orig. cloth. First Edition. Nashville, TN: M.E. Church, S., 1890.

Compiled in 1884 but not printed until 1890, this is one of only a handful of 19th c. Kentucky cookbooks, the first having been published in 1839. Contributions from members of the Methodist Church in Maysville include Peach Pickle, Mrs. Bledsoe’s Premium Ham, Brain Cakes, Turtle Soup, Broiled Squirrel, Blackberry Wine, etc. (It occurs to me that Brain Cakes and Blackberry Wine would make a terrific title for a cookbook). This copy belonged to Kentuckian Mrs. Chattie Turner, with her name in script to front endpapers (dated 1898), and several of her hand-written recipes on lined blank pages at rear, for Pecan Cake, Indian Relish, Squash Pickle, Tea Cakes, etc. Darkening to cloth, spine likely repaired at some point, else about very good; scarce. $250. SOLD

 

(Kentucky) Perkins, Mrs. Anne T. The Ten’s Recipe Book…for the Benefit of the First Presbytarian Church.

 

Frontis. illustration of the church, and illus. with local ads throughout. Cloth. First Editon. Henderson, KY: Henderson Journal Printing, 1894.

Compiled by Mrs. Perkins, this includes recipe contributions from church members across the country, including Lobster Soup from New York, but mostly from Kentucky: boiled ham, smothered chicken, bondaus, griddle cakes, salt-risen bread, blackberry wine, peach sweet pickles, etc. Some fading & rubbing to covers, else very good. $75. SOLD

 

(Kentucky) Smith, Elizabeth W[oodcock]. The Model Housekeeper.

 

Gilt-stamped cloth. First Edition. Louisville, KY: Pentecostal Publishing, [1911].

Recipes for Smith’s favorite Southern dishes: Virginia Corn Bread, Oyster Short Cake, Baked Rabbit Kentucky Style, Pressed Hog Head, Ham Dumplings, Green Tomato Pie, Fine Mint Vinegar, Hickory Nut Candy, etc. Very good – scarce. $200. SOLD

 

(Kentucky) White, Mrs. Peter A. The Kentucky Cookery Book: A Book for Housewives.

 

Gilt-lettered & stamped green cloth. Chicago: Morrill, Higgins, 1892.

Owner’s name rubberstamped multiple times to flyleaf facing title, with offset to title page. Mrs. White wrote this book as a resident of Cincinnati. She was born and reared in the heart of Bluegrass country at a time when hospitality was a birthright and good living a rule. She describes the dishes and the style of cooking which made Kentucky housewives famous, including corn bread, crab gumbo soup, roasted reed birds, fried pig’s feet, sweet cantaloupe pickle, etc. A bit of rubbing to spine ends, else very good. $125. SOLD

 

 





(Louisiana - African American) Mignon, Francois & Clementine Hunter. Melrose Plantation Cookbook.

 

Illus. with photos by Carolyn Ramsey. Pictorial stiff wrappers, spiral binding. New Orleans: A.F. Laborde, 1956.

Clementine Hunter, an African American woman born in 1880, moved to Melrose Plantation at age 16 to work in the cotton fields and pecan orchards. She also worked as a servant in the Melrose home, where she became known for her barbecued ham, rice blancmange, game soup, and fig cake. Here are her most famous recipes. Fine. $40. SOLD

 

 





(Louisiana) [Hearn, Lafcadio]. La Cuisine Creole. A Collection of Culinary Recipes from Leading Chefs and Noted Creole Housewives, who have made New Orleans Famous for its Cuisine.

 

Frontis. port. of an African-American cook. Gilt-lettered red cloth. Second Edition. New Orleans: F.F. Hansell, 1885.

Hearn (1850-1904) anonymously wrote the first book on Creole cooking while he was a reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Recipes for Gombo Fillee, Grenouilles Frites, Okra Gombo, Pain Perdu, and various regional cocktails are all described herein for the first time. Before this, no one had put these recipes in writing, so this is an important first record of these Creole recipes. A bit of darkening to spine, else very good. $550.

 

(Louisiana) The Original Picayune Creole Cook Book.

 

Color frontis. of a mammy sitting in front of a fireplace. Pictorial brown cloth. Ninth Edition. New Orleans: Times-Picayune, 1942.

With wonderful Southern and Creole recipes for squirrel gumbo (!), shrimp gumbo file, chicken with truffles, pickled tunny, etc. Also with definitions of vegetables, condiments, etc. and their historical contex to the South: "Dandelions: The Creoles long ago discovered the possibilities of the dandelion under cultivation....", etc. Near fine. $60. SOLD

 

(Louisiana) Smitherman, Mrs. James E. The Louisiana Plantation Cook Book.

 

Illus. Red cloth. First Edition. East Feliciana Parish, Glenco Plantation, Louisiana: Ina Scott Thompson, c.1930’s.

With a couple photos of typical Louisiana homes & churches. Recipes include Spoon Bread for Breakfast (yes, please), Cream of Peanut Butter Soup (no, thanks), Chicken, Plantation Style, Green Turtle Soup, Pecan Tea Cakes, etc. Very good. $75. SOLD

 

(New Orleans) Standard’s Famous Southern Creole Recipes, Featuring New Orleans Cooking from These Famous Eating Places: Antoine’s, Galatoire’s, Occidental, Hermitage, Casa de Fresa, Knott’s Berry Farm, Iron Gate Inn.

 

Spiral-bound pictorial stiff wrappers. N.p.: c.1950.

Near fine, with typical New Orleans fare. Fine. $40. SOLD

 




(New Orleans) Scott, Natalie & Caroline M. Jones. Gourmet's Guide to New Orleans.

 

Pictorial stiff wrappers. Fifth Edition. New Orleans: Scott & Jones, 1939.

Locals give their favorite recipes for Ramos Gin Fizz, Sazerac, Absinthe Drip, Grujean Creole, Candied Cushaw, Southern Egg Bread, Cakes au Bayou Teche, Owendaw (from the Tezuco Plantation), etc. Some chipping along spine & extremities, else very good. $60. SOLD

 

 




(Mississippi) Davis, Eva. Eva Davis' Court Square Recipes: Southern Cooking at its Delicious Best.

 

Illus. with drawings. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. Clarksdale: Vicksburg & Warren County Historical Society, [c.1950's].

Davis was much beloved in Vicksburg for having saved the old Court House, and the proceeds from her cookbook helped further the cause. Mississippi recipes for Old Fashioned Lye Hominy, Sweet Potato Pone, Pecan Coffee Cake, and Plantation Cream Pie look good enough to make right now. But perhaps the Tomato Soup Cake is best left to times past. Fine. $40. SOLD

 

(Mississippi) Davis, Eva. Eva Davis’ Mississippi Mixin’s: A Gone with the Wind Cook Book by the author of Court Square Recipes. Southern Cooking at its Delicious Best.

 

Illus. by Andrew Bucci. Pictorial wrappers. First Edition. N.p.: c. 1950.

SIGNED by the author (who had a famed radio program in Mississippi called “Court Square”) on front free endpaper. Very good, with recipes for Mrs. Holley’s Spoon Bread, Molasses Cookies, Pickled Tongue, and…wait for it…Crackling Bread. A revelation. Fine. $45. SOLD

 

(North Carolina) Halcyon Junior Woman's Club. Recipes for Good Eating: Reliable and Practical Favorites.

 

Printed yellow wrappers. Star, NC: Halcyon Junior Woman's Club, [c.1940's].

Replete with local ads, and with recipes from members of the club for their favorite popovers, persimmon pudding, Carolina meat loaf, catfish stew, and perhaps my favorite recipe title of all time, "Chicken in the Rain." Shelf wear, else very good. $45. SOLD

 

(North Carolina) Shelton, Ferne. Southern Appalachian Mountain Cookbook: Rare Time-Tested Recipes from the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

 

llus. with drawings. Green wrappers. First Edition. High Point, NC: Hutcraft, 1964.

Regional recipes for watermelon rind preserves, pork & sauerkraut casserole, skillet peach cake, scuppernong grape wine, etc. Fine. $20. SOLD

 

 

(North Carolina) Woman’s High Point Auxiliary Friends. Carolina Cookery from Quaker Kitchens.

 

Illus. with local ads. Pictorial cloth. First Edition. [High Point, NC: 1924].

Rubbing and wear, good only, but with wonderful ads for local businesses, and recipes for Sponge Cake (“Easy, inexpensive, and sure”), Brandy Snaps, Raisin Mangoes, Green Tomato Sweet Pickle, etc. One period manuscript recipe in pencil to rear blank page intended for additional recipes. $50. SOLD

 

(South Carolina) Hess, Karen. The Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection.

 

Illus. from photographs. Jacket. First Edition. [Columbia]: Univ. of South Carolina Press, [1992].

Featuring a facsimile of Mrs. Stoney’s 1901 Carolina Rice Cook Book. “The work breaks new ground with its presentation of the history and background of Carolina’s rice cookery.” – Jessica Harris. Fine. $50. SOLD

 

(South Carolina) [Pringle, Elizabeth Waties Allston] Pennington, Patience. A Woman Rice-Planter.

 

Intro. By Owen Wister. Illus. from drawings by Alice R.H. Smith. Gilt-lettered pictorial cloth. Second Edition. NY: Macmillan, 1914.

An account of a woman plantation owner and her struggles dealing with labor, climate and finances. Pennington's letters are written in the style of a personal diary, describing the challenge of rice farming in late 19th century South Carolina. Signed by the author (“Mrs. J.J. Pringle, Georgetown, S.C.”) on title page. Chipping to spine ends, fading to spine & covers, rubbing to corners, else good. $120 SOLD.

 


(South Carolina) [Rutledge, Sarah]. House and Home; or, The Carolina Housewife. By a Lady of Charleston.

 

Orig. brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Fourth Edition, Corrected & Enlarged. Charleston, SC: Walker, Evans & Cogswell, undated, but c.1856-62.

First published in 1847 as The Carolina housewife, or House and home: by a lady of Charleston, this is perhaps THE classic Southern cookbook. The magazine Time has described it as 'an incomparable guide to Southern cuisine,' and many of the recipes in it can be translated into the modern kitchen with little or no trouble. The book includes 25 rice-based recipes for cakes, bread, soup, puddings, and pilau. Near fine; quite scarce thus. $600. SOLD

 

(South Carolina) Smith, Alice R. Huger. A Carolina Rice Plantation of the Fifties: 30 Paintings in Water-Colour. Narrative by Herbert Ravenel Sass.

 

Illus. with color plates by Smith. Large quarto tan cloth. First Edition. NY: William Morrow, 1936.

Beautiful images of Carolina rice farms and slaves working them in the 1850’s, with writings on the rice coast and memories of a plantation boyhood by Sass. Fine condition. $350. SOLD





(South Carolina) Stoney, Mrs. Samuel G. Carolina Rice Cook Book.

 

Original pictorial wrappers. Charleston, SC: Carolina Rice Kitchen Assoc., 1901.

With numerous ads in rear for South Carolina rice brands, dealers, and other local businesses. In 1901, Mrs. Samuel Stoney compiled Carolina Rice Cook Book by gathering recipes from around the region. Karen Hess writes of the book (in her seminal work on the subject, The Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection): "This charming booklet, containing some 237 receipts for rice, was compiled in 1901 by Louisa Cheves Smythe Stoney, wife of Captain Samuel...Stoney, a figure in his own right but most pertinently chairman of the Carolina Rice Kitchen Association, seated in Charleston...the work was 'offered at the South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition as a 25-cent souvenir,' adding that 'the exposition was a sort of world's fair meant to inject some spark in the moribund Carolina economy.'...But we still have Carolina Rice Cook Book, which has become exceedingly rare...Mrs. Stoney also included receipts obtained from the interested ladies of Low Country society, including some of the proudest names of the old rice aristocracy and their cooks, to be sure, although they are seldom credited and if they are, then by their old slave names. In short, it is a period piece, but this is what is important about the book. That is, it reflects one aspect of the period, the unique rice kitchen of Low Country Carolina, the glory of which was also beginning to fade as the old African-American cooks departed from the scene, one after the other." Small 1" piece lacking from spine head over to front wrapper, else near fine and bright. $1,500. SOLD

 





(Southern Livestock) Randall, Henry S. Sheep Husbandry; with an Account of the Different Breeds, and General Directions in Regard to Summer and Winter Management, Breeding, and the Treatment of Diseases.

Illus. with wood engravings of sheep. Cloth, gilt-lettered spine. NY: Bangs, Brother, & Co, 1852.

This fascinating volume exclusively covers sheep husbandry (and attendant sheep dogs) in the Southern United States, making it (at 320 pages) the most extensive work ever produced on the subject. Section of cloth lacking from along rear hinge, some spotting to covers; scattered foxing, else very good and quite scarce. $250.

 

 

(Tennessee) Guild of the Holy Name (Woman’s Guild) of Grace Church. The Housekeeper’s Friend: A Collection of Tested Recipes for the Preparation of Daily and Occasional Dishes Recommended by Experienced Housekeepers.

 

Illus. with numerous local ads from Memphis. Cloth-backed printed boards. First Edition. Memphis: Pilcher Printing, 1905.

Recipes for Southern dishes include Peach Souffle (an ice cream), Brain Croquettes, Pecan Kisses, Fried Chicken, Watermelon Rind Pickle, and something called, rather alarmingly, Jew Cakes (lots of spice). Browning to covers, else very good. $120. SOLD

 

(Tennessee) Revised Edition of the Knoxville Cook Book: A Collection of Practical Tested Recipes by Many of the Best Housekeepers Throughout the Entire United States. For the Benefit of the Girls’ Department of the Knox County Industrial School.

 

Gilt-lettered red cloth. Revised Edition. Knoxville, TN: S.B. Newman, 1907.

According to John Edgerton in his Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History, this book was originally compiled in 1901, and “Calling east Tennessee ‘the asparagus bed in the Tennessee garden-spot’, the women proceeded to put forth a diverse and interesting collection of recipes – and described them with an entertaining flair.” Some rubbing to lower extremities; old owner’s name to front flyleaf, else very good. $120. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Anonymous. Favorite Southern Recipes.

 

Spiral bound stiff black wrappers; photographic cover label. First Edition. Lexington, VA: Lee Museum, 1937.

According to the editor, some of the recipes in this book “were copied from Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s book of recipes in her own handwriting.” Virginia recipes include Smithfield Ham, Hoe Cake, Virginia Sally Lunn, Lee Cake, Peach Marmalade, Rice and Pimento, etc. Very good. $40. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Gibboney, Virginia. Choice Receipts in Old Virginia Cooking.

 

Flexible cloth. Richmond: 1909.

Typical Virginia recipes include Brandy Peaches (calling for Heath peaches), Penoche, Peanut Candy, Mint Julep, Howell Punch (using Jamaica rum & peach brandy), Georgia Pudding, Ham of Lamb, etc. Very good. $60. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Gunter, Bessie E. Housekeeper’s Companion.

 

Black cloth. Third Edition. Richmond, VA: J.KL. Hill Printing, 1901.

Originally published in 1889. Gunter was the member of a prominent Accomack County family from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and her book soon became popularly known as the Bessie Gunter Cookbook. According to Curtis Badger, author of Clams: How to Find, Catch and Cook Them, “The book today is highly sought by collectors, not only because of its rarity, but also because it gives a glimpse of how people prepared food more than a century ago. Recipes are those of the author and nearly one hundred other contributors, most of whom lived on the Eastern Shore. Not surprisingly, there are many recipes for oysters, clams, terrapin, fish, crabs, and other seafood.” Cloth covers are fair only as they seem to have been lacquered and then adhered with cloth and paper, which has been inexpertly removed. This could be cleaned up by a conservator. However, the binding is tight and interior fine. Only 1 copy located in worldwide libraries. Rare. $800. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Kimball, Marie. Thomas Jefferson’s Cook Book.

 

Jacket. First Edition. Richmond: Garrett & Massie, 1938.

Jefferson’s recipes from his time in France, which he wanted cooked for him when he returned to Virginia, included practical dishes such as Pigeons in Compote, Civets of Hare, etc. However, he also included all of his favorites from home, including fried chicken, roasted wild ducks, glazed ham, etc. Very good. $45. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Schmit, Patricia B., ed. Nelly Custis Lewis’s Housekeeping Book.

 

Jacket. First Edition.

Lewis was George Washington’s beloved adopted daughter, and during the 1830’s she kept this housekeeping book while mistress of her plantation, Woodlawn. There are recipes for cooking and for housekeeping. Very good. $40. SOLD

 




(Virginia) McPhail, Mrs. Clement Carrington. F.F.V. Receipt Book.

 

Gilt-lettered green cloth. First Edition. Richmond, VA: West, Johnston, 1894.

FFV is the First Families of Virginia, a genealogical and historical group made up of descendants of Virginia’s original colonists. Their contributions here include Tipsy Parson Pudding, an English dessert that was a staple in the 19th century South. It is made by soaking sponge or pound cake in brandy or wine and topping it with a custard pudding. Also included are recipes for Ortolan Patties, Piccadillo, Arrow-Root Pudding, Peach Ice-Cream, Cucumber Catsup, Regent Punch and other cocktails, etc. Period inscription to front free endpaper, else very good. Rare. $500. SOLD





(Virginia) Menefee, Josephine T. Virginia Housekeepers’ Guide, in Three Sections: Tested Virginia Recipes, Garden Flower Culture, Practical Home Suggestions.

 

Cloth. First Edition. Roanoke, VA: Stone Printing & Manufacturing, 1935.

Inscribed & SIGNED by the author on front free endpaper. With recipes for Virginia fare such as Baked Southern Ham with Baked Apples, Virginia Brunswick Stew (calling for 2 large squirrels or 2 broiling-size chickens), Buttermilk Pie, Virginia Hoecake, and my favorite, “Fritters with a Future.” Cagle 532. Near fine. $95. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Poindexter, Charlotte Mason, ed. Jane Hamilton’s Recipes: Delicacies from the Old Dominion.

 

Cloth-backed pictorial boards. First Edition. Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1909.

Jane Hamilton lived at “Forest Hill” near Fredricksburg, which was burned during the Civil War. Apparently, Ms. Poindexter inherited the manuscript leaves and transcribed them here. The recipes are typical of “Virginia hospitality” from before the war. Mutton a la Squirrel, Oyster Gumbo, Corn Fritters, Quince Marmalade, Sally Lunn, Fish House Punch, etc. Silver flaking off a bit on spine, else near fine. $75. SOLD

 

(Virginia) Randolph, Mary. The Virginia Housewife, or Methodical Cook.

 

240 pp. Modern calf, morocco spine label. Third Edition. Washington: P. Thompson, 1828.

Born in 1762 to a wealthy Virginia plantation owner and legislator, Mary Randolph married a distant cousin and opened a tasteful boarding house in Richmond in 1807. The couple closed the boardinghouse in 1820 and moved to Washington D.C. where in 1824, just four years before her death, Randolph published her only cookbook, The Virginia Housewife. Randolph’s book was quickly a success, and a second edition was published in 1825, then a third in 1828. At least nineteen editions were published before the outbreak of the Civil War. Replacing English cookbooks, which until then were the standard in America, The Virginia Housewife became the most influential American cookbook of the nineteenth century. Practical and specific in weights and measures, it was simpler to follow than English cookbooks and their longhand recipe style. Barbara Sarudy, in her piece on early American gardens, notes of the book, “Broad in its range of recipes, it called on the bounty of Virginia's pastures, fields, waterways and woods, revealing the remarkable variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, berries, meats, wild game and fish of that place and time, matched only by the author's remarkably varied and masterful methods of preparation.” Not surprisingly, the book's regional emphasis made it especially popular in the South, where every Virginia housewife, according to a later writer, Letitia Burwell, "knew how to compound all the various dishes in Mrs. Randolph's cookery book." Faint dampstaining to pages, else very good in fine modern binding. Scarce in any condition. $1,200. SOLD

 




(Virginia) Smith, Mary Stuart. Virginia Cookery-Book.

 

Newspaper Weekly format bound in cloth. Harper’s Franklin Square Library No. 370. NY: Harper & Bros., March 21, 1884.

With a copyright the year before Smith’s famous book of the same title was published, one can assume this was originally published by Harper’s Franklin Square Library imprint for subscribers. According to John Edgerton in Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History, this was written in “the style of many post-Civil War housekeeping guides,” offering “detailed instructions to a surviving class of inexperienced white women. ‘Old domestic institutions [i.e.: slavery] having been done away with,’ says the writer, ‘there is danger that the composition of many an excellent dish may become forgotten lore.’” Pages brittle & slightly browned, a few short tears to page extremities, else very good, with a wealth of information. $150. SOLD

 





(Virginia) Smith, Mary Stuart. Virginia Cookery-Book.

 

Brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. First Edition. NY: Harper & Bros., 1885.

A splendid collection of recipes including Apoquiniminc Cakes, Squirrel Soup, a whole chapter of oyster dishes, Father Adam (Cottage Pie to the English), various corn and corn-meal recipes, preserves and pickles and a few fruit wines. The compiler states that it was her grandfather wrote the introduction to Mrs. Randolph's ‘Virginia Housewife’ first published in 1831. A bit of rubbing to extremities, else very good. $120. SOLD



(Virginia) Tyree, Marion Cabell, ed. Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Containing Contributions from Two Hundred and Fifty of Virginia’s Noted Housewives, Distinguished for their Skill in the Culinary Art and Other Branches of Domestic Economy.

 

Illus. in rear with several pages of ads and with lined blank pages for manuscript recipes. Original pictorial gilt-stamped & lettered brown beveled cloth. First Edition Thus (publihsed in two previous editions under slightly different titles). Louisville, KY: John P. Morgan, 1879.

According to the author, “I would say to housewives, be not daunted by one failure, nor by twenty. Resolve that you will have good bread, and never cease striving after this result till you have effected it. If persons without brains can accomplish this, why cannot you?” Of the many famed recipes, the contribution of the first ever for Sweet Tea is one of my favorites. Chipping and rubbing to spine ends, mild rubbing to extremities; front joint starting at title page, one manuscript recipe blank page with long closed tear, still very good. Owner’s name (Lenora Carleton, Mexico, 1880) to front endpapers. $400. SOLD

 





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