Bess' Cook Book
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“GET INTO THE SWING OF GOOD COOKING”
GANT, Bessie M. Bess’ Cook Book. 400 Original Recipes. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Mrs. Bessie M. Gant, circa 1940. Large, slim octavo, spiral-bound as issued, original coated black and green paper boards.
Second edition of this scarce 1940s cookbook self-published in by well-known black caterer Bessie M. Gant, expanded with recipes not featured in the first edition.
The author of this cookbook, Bessie M. Gant, was a prominent Pittsburgh caterer in her day who cooked for celebrities. Though she was skilled in all styles of cooking, here she focuses mainly on American favorites, often with a distinctive sweet or Southern flair. Included are recipes such as pineapple tea punch, creole shrimp, chicken ala king, castle hamburgers, Johnny waffles—over night, numerous French dressings, sweet potato pudding, and California Sunkist cake. This cookbook is exceptionally scarce; OCLC lists no copies of the second edition and only a single copy of the 1940 first edition at the University of Pittsburgh. See David Walker Lupton African-American Cookbook Collection 29.
Faint dampstaining to bottom edges of boards affecting only first and last page of text, only minor rubbing to edges of boards. A lovely copy. Quite scarce.