A community cookbook, published in 1924 by “The Directors of the Junior Branch of the Ladies’ Relief Society of Oakland, California for the benefit of the Nursery Building Fund.” This is an attractive hardbound book, bound in a spruce-looking blue and white checked fabric with a pictorial title label.
The recipes, lacking shortcuts and minimizing the use of prepared ingredients, tend to be middle-of-the-road, neither excessively dressy nor downmarket. Corn soup, a tamale loaf, some ravishing-sounding special enchiladas, baked steak, old-fashioned chicken fricassee, chicken salad (contributed by Victor Hirtzler, chef at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco), marmalade pudding, Honolulu lady cake. A slight nod to California and Mexican traditions, but over-all quite eclectic.
Beautifully designed, with attractive deco-leaning artwork at the opening of each chapter and a handsome border around every page. There are ample blank pages in which users can enter additional recipes of their own.
This copy is a second printing, dated 1925 on the title page. The cloth case has a few brownish spots and the spine is somewhat darkened. In all other respects this is a Very Good copy, clean and unmarked, with a strong binding.