"MINGLES THE RECIPES OF TODAY WITH THE RECIPES OF OUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHERS, NEVER BEFORE REVEALED"
ARCHER, Mary. Belgian Relief Cook Book. (Reading, PA: Privately printed, 1915). Oblong quarto, ring-bound as issued, original half black cloth, gilt-stamped paper boards.
Rare 1915 Belgian Relief Cookbook, privately printed in 1915 to help fight famine in WWI Belgium, with over 180 recipes containing "long-treasured family secrets handed down from generation to generation," in original ring binder with tri-color boards in the form of the Belgian flag with gilt-stamped Belgian royal coat of arms on the front board.
Pennsylvania philanthropist Mary Archer compiled this work as part of a massive WWI relief effort spearheaded by Herbert Hoover. This privately printed cookbook features over 180 delicious recipes, most published for the first time, containing "long-treasured family secrets handed down from generation to generation… The cover is in the color and form of a Belgian flag with the Belgian royal coat of arms" (Reading Eagle). With printed leaf issued by the "Commission for Relief in Belgium, The Pennsylvania Committee."
Interior generally quite nice, some wear and soiling to binding, slight rust to binding's metal rings. A very good copy.