A community cookbook “Compiled under the Auspices of the Tuesday Night Workers of the First Congregational Church, Appleton, Wis.” 1887.
A very nice little collection of recipes from a small southern Wisconsin town, population, about 9,000 in the 1880s. Many are original, some are drawn from two of the most popular writers of the day, Mrs [Mary] Lincoln, an early principal of the prestigious Boston Cooking School, and Miss [Marie] Parloa, the widely known teacher, lecturer, and prolific author of cookbooks.
All of the recipes are notable for their simplicity and lack of pretense. Oyster fritters are here, along with jellied chicken, a three-meat loaf, steamed corn bread, huckleberry pudding, and ginger drop cakes. A few soup recipes call for canned ingredients, but this is preponderantly cook-from-scratch cookery.
Included in the book’s 108 pages are 21 pages of advertisements, which may be of local interest–the Bellaire Restaurant; F. Wm. B. Rahn, Upholsterer (“also dealer in feathers”); Peerenboom’s & Koober, Clothing and Dry Goods; The Appleton Bazar (“All-Silk Ribbons, a Specialty); Stimson: Phinely Phinished Photographs. This is an uncommon book; copies of this edition may be found only at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library of Harvard University.
The interior of the book has come through in remarkably good condition; except for some penciled Xs next to a few recipes, it is clean and quite spruce looking. The binding is tight, the book block apparently stapled as well as sewn. The boards themselves are well marked by the trials of the kitchen, undoubtedly having been used as coaster, trivet, and who knows what else, but they have a hard surface and are intact and quite sound. What must have been a cloth spine was apparently worn off and has been replaced with a good sturdy piece of fabric tape, which blends nicely with the boards.