A community cookbook compiled by the Brockton Hospital Ladies’ Aid Association, published in 1910 and containing “more than six hundred valuable local cooking recipes not in the 1906 edition.”
The original book referred to is a bit of a mystery, as at present no copies dated 1906 appear to have been located, and such an edition is not even referred to in World Cat. The 1910 book is described in its introduction as “substantially entirely separate and distinct” from the elusive earlier publication. It is copyrighted in the name of George Clarence Holmes, a local business man, whose frequently amusing advertisements for his coal dealership, stationery store, lending library, and other enterprises appear throughout the book.
The volume of some 240 pages is case-bound, covered in a yellowish-tan cloth. It is a good, spirited collection of home-style dishes with a handful of New England specialties. As with many earlier community cookbooks, the reader may get some interesting insights into changes that were taking place in the country’s culinary makeup. Consider a recipe entitled American Chop Suey, which uses two parts macaroni to one part rice, along with fat pork, ground beef, tomatoes, and onions.
This copy has some soiling on the case but is otherwise in quite sound condition; interior clean and unmarked, the binding strong. Because of the soiling, Very Good-minus.