The Improved Edition of The Perfect Cook: A Receipt Book, Containing Many Choice and Carefully Tested Receipts of Practical Value to Every Housekeeper. Compiled and Sold by the Ladies of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Evansville, Ind.

Evansville, Ind. Journal Co., Printers and Binders, 1885.

Evansville, Ind.: [The Church; Printed by] Journal Co., Printers and Binders, 1885. [St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Evansville, Ind.); Ladies of the Church]. Octavo (21.5 x 14.75 cm.), 81 pages. Illustrated head- and tailpieces. Advertisements. Index. Cover title: The Perfect Cook. ~ Evident second edition (by inference). An early church cookbook offered by a community nestled within a leafy corner of the largest city in southern Indiana, near the banks of the Ohio River. With approximately four hundred brief attributed recipes, including: Federal Rolls, Jennie Lind Cake, Rice Muffins, Flannel Cakes, Cream Fritters, Evansville Corn Cakes, (White) Bean Soup, Oyster Omelette, Turbot, Broiled Mutton Chops, Roast Goose, Sweet Pickled Cantaloupes, Butternut Pickles, Fricasseed Tomatoes, Potato Puffs, Fried (Sour) Apples, Orange Cake, Almond Custard Cake, Marguerites, Crullers, Lemon Pie, Yankee Pumpkin Pie, Charlotte Russe (four versions), Brown Betty, Peach Cobbler, Currant Wine. An unusual preponderance of the advertisements, incidentally, have to do with foodstuffs: baking ingredients, spices, teas, preserves, canned goods. ~ The congregation of St. Paul's traces its origins to a missionary presence in southern Indiana recorded in 1836, but the sanctuary that still serves it, at Southeast First and Chestnut Streets, dates to a half-century later – 1886 – and thus provides the likely motivation behind The Improved Edition of the Perfect Cook. The neo-Gothic building was constructed of Indiana limestone, proving a bulwark against wind and water, though the interior was destroyed in a great fire in 1938. Restorations and more than a few renovations testify to a resilience that draws energy from its active inner-city engagement, and St. Paul's Episcopal retains a prominent landmark profile in the Riverside neighborhood of Evansville's historic district. ~ In publisher's gilt-stamped green cloth, with a small ink stain to the front board and a tiny bit of wear to edges, otherwise bright and clean. Interior clean, but for a few stained pages among the handwritten recipes at rear. Rare. [OCLC locates two copies (no copies of a presumed first edition are known); Cook, page 72; Brown 992; not in Bitting or Cagle].

Price: $600.00