The Rector Cook Book. World Famous Recipes. Specialties from Noted Restaurants including those mentioned in "A Cook's Tour" and "The Girl from Rector's" as appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
Chicago, IL: Rector Publishing Company, 1928.
Octavo, 173 pages. Index; advertisements. FIRST EDITION. If you're looking for golden age recipes, this is the best of the raconteur chef George Rector's books by far. It includes recipes found in his other works and in his Saturday Evening Post column. So much of what Rector wrote was puffery; culinary historian David Kamp has called him a "congenital embellisher" while debunking the story of Diamond Jim Brady's legendary consumption, an enjoyable but apocryphal story which had Rector as a source. The recipe for Fillet of Sole, Marguery, which famously links Rector with Brady and M.F.K. Fisher is present here. Very near fine in publisher's blue gray, printed cloth. With the scarce dust jacket, with a few closed tears and a touch of soiling. Inscribed by the author, "To Marie Prindiville Sweet, with best wishes, George Rector, September 8th, 1928."