"GREEN GUMBO, EPICUREAN OYSTERS, FLOUNDERS SAUTÉ, JUMBALLAYA, SOUTHERN PUDDING": SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THE CREOLE COOKERY BOOK, 1885
CHRISTIAN WOMAN'S EXCHANGE OF NEW ORLEANS, editor. The Creole Cookery Book. New Orleans: T.H. Thomason, 1885. Octavo, modern three-quarter calf gilt. $3800.
First edition of this landmark book of Creole cookery, with frontispiece illustration of a Mammy character, attractively bound.
"Two cookbooks stand as founding scriptures for the Creole tradition: the New Orleans Christian Woman's Exchange's Creole Cookery Book and Lafcadio Hearn's La Cuisine Creole—both issued from the press in 1885 in response to the World Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition held in New Orleans (1884-85). The Christian Woman's Exchange, a benevolent association of genteel women who collected funds to assist the female poor of the city and maintained a lunchroom, compiled their collection as a money-raising project, deriving material from 'housekeepers experienced in the science of cookery as practiced throughout the South, and more particularly as it is understood and applied by the Creoles of Louisiana'" (Shield, Southern Provisions). With advertisements. Manuscript leaf containing recipes for a cheese omelette and "delicious cruler" bound in. A few pencil notations.
Expert restoration to edges of first few leaves, scattered soiling to text, binding fine. A near-fine copy.