FIRST PILLSBURY COOKBOOK, 1933, IN ORIGINAL ALUMINUM BINDING
AMES, Mary Ellis. Balanced Recipes. Minneapolis: Pillsbury Flour Mills Company, 1933. Octavo, original loose-leaf recipe cards and tabbed separators, original aluminum hinged-binding with interior spiral posts.
First edition of Pillsbury’s first cookbook, with 224 recipe cards, a photograph of their famous “experimental kitchen” and an invitation to write the company about “any cooking or dietary problem which is troubling you.”
Contains a full collection of loose-leaf recipes tested in "Pillsbury's home-type experimental kitchen [where] the staff of Pillsbury's Cooking Service is constantly developing new recipes, new ways to save time and money in the kitchen, new ways to improve the flavor and food value of meals." Categories include bread, cakes, cookies, desserts, luncheon and supper dishes, macaroni and spaghetti, meat and fish, pies, salads, soups and sauces, and vegetables. Cagle & Stafford 1006. Manuscript recipe for marble cake added to binder.
A bit of toning and soiling to interior, a few whole punches torn or detached, mild tarnish to aluminum, edges of aluminum binding slightly wavy at closure. Extremely good condition.