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Asian-American Cookbook from L.A., 1933  

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An Authentic book of recipes from China, Korea, Japan and the Philippines

Kwon, George I. and Pacifico Magpiong

Los Angeles

George I. Kwon



Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. 

There are 115 pages in this early book on Oriental cooking. Not listed in the Library of Congress catalogue. Possibly the second Asian-American cookbook and the first to include Korean and Filipino recipes. Over 100 dishes are listed. The authors were apparently college buddies, both 1932 graduates of UCLA with degrees in History and Political Science, who worked at menial jobs during the Depression – the Korean-born Kwon as a grocery store clerk, the Filipino Magpiong as waiter in a café (though, oddly, he lived in Beverly Hills). The book reads from the back to the front in an unusual format.

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Lovely inscription dated 1933 to front free endpaper. Near fine.

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