"IT WAS THROUGH BEING THE BEST FED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, WE OF THE SOUTH COUNTRY WERE ABLE TO PUT UP THE BEST FIGHT IN HISTORY": FIRST EDITION OF DISHES & BEVERAGES OF THE OLD SOUTH, 1913
MCCULLOCH-WILLIAMS, Martha. Dishes & Beverages of the Old South. New York: McBride Nast, 1913. Octavo, original pictorial yellow-green cloth. $550.
First edition of this early 20th-century narrative-style cookbook focusing on traditional Southern cuisine, in original pictorial cloth.
Based on the author's observations of her much-loved "Mammy's" cooking, this work presents recipes and techniques for authentic Southern cooking. It also offers deep insight into Southern cooking during a time in which the kitchen was still separate from the main house as well as into white Southern attitudes about the African Americans who served them. "Here, at last, is abundant, readable, and trustworthy information about the much-vaunted southern cookery, which, on the whole, merits all the praise that has been bestowed upon it" (Nation). "Martha McCulloch-Williams's book is testimony to the importance food has had in Southern culture and folklore and to the fact that by knowing what has gone on in the kitchens and dining rooms of the South, we can discover much about its physical health, its economic condition, its race relations, class structure, the status of women, and the state of family, either ideally or in reality" (Bleser, 155). With decorations by Russel Crofoot.
Only mild toning and soiling to cloth. A near-fine copy.