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Early cookbook by African-American woman, 1919  

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Pauline’s Practical Book of the Culinary Art for Clubs, Home or Hotels
Lynch, Carrie Pauline

111pp. Original cloth, illustrated.  including two blank pages for notes, on one of which has a handwritten recipe for a Prince of Wales cake, plus 7 pages of ads for Nebraska businesses. First Edition.

Apparently the third cookbook written by an African-American woman, after the rarities by Malinda Russell (1866) and Abby Fisher (1881), and published just 8 years after the Rufus Estes’ classic, Good Things To Eat”, sometimes called the first cookbook by an African-American chef. Very rare. WorldCat shows no holdings of the first edition.

Innkeeping Hotel Monthly of 1920 erroneously described this book as “the only cook book written by a negro woman…The book is dedicated to a lady [Anna Robinson Welsh of Oklahoma City] for whom the author worked five years and who guarantees the dishes to be good and especially useful for families for enjoy savoury cooking.”

The 700 recipes seem to be an eclectic mixture of some distinctively southern recipes (“Good Old Southern Dinner”) with dishes (“Birds a la Parisienne”) the author probably considered suitable for a sophisticated society hostess in Oklahoma. There is no copy in the Blockson Collection or the Lupton cookbook Collection.

A last leaf has a poem by Owen Meredith.

Inscribed by the author on her first wedding anniversary, Oct. 27, 1919.

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