Lot 88 of 218:
Early 1924 book on'Hindu' Indian cooking, by a San Francisco artist  

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Hindu Dietetics For Body Building / Building The Nervous And Glandular Systems
Truth [Boehmer] Burbery
Sonoma, Calif.
Self-published by the author

Second Edition, probably identical to the First, published the same year.. Original decorative stiff wrappers and tape spine. 69pp.  5 x 7”  Rare. WorldCat locates copies in only six institutions, all but one in California. 

Probably the second, and much more extensive, publication of Indian recipes in America, written by a caucasian woman along the lines of Dr. K.D.Shastri’s 1917 book (see catalogue entry above) though much closer to a health-oriented cookbook than Shastri’s work. Both are very early;  the first complete book on Indian cookery for American readers did not appear until 1973.

Nearly half the book, some 33 pages, includes recipes for Rice, Soups, Dal, Meat and Fish Dishes, Curries, Fried Vegetables, Appetizers, Desserts and Drinks; some enticing entries - Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Curries, Curried and Roasted Eggplant, Chapati, Cashmere Chutney, Mustard Lemons, Rose Pudding, Rock Candy and Puffed Rice Water.
Burbery was a young German-Australian immigrant who came to America in 1917 as “Secretary of a Religious Movement” (possibly the Self-Realization Fellowship of Swami Yogananda) later settling in San Francisco as a bohemian artist, employed during the Depression, by the WPA Arts and Crafts Project. She dedicated this book to a “teacher” (identified only as S.C.) who translated the recipes from Bengali and “so made it possible for the Western world to benefit by a clean wholesome, pure and nourishing diet”.

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