America Cooks. Practical Recipes from 48 States.

Garden City: Halcyon House, 1949.

Thick octavo, 986 pages. Later printing. The greatest, and scarcest, of the Browns' many cookbooks. The Browns - avant-garde poet and little magazine editor Bob, with his sister and mother, Rose and Cora, published twelve cookbooks in just six short years. Many of them are wonderful books, but America Cooks was their masterpiece. It was an era where American regional cooking was starting to be recognized and valued in the culinary cities. Sheila Hibben and Ruth Berolzheimer produced other great regional books, but this one stands out for its thoroughness and literary quality. The tone is breezy and surprisingly modern compared with the many dry-as-bones rationally-oriented books of the era. Some general rubbing, light soling to edges, otherwise very good, in publisher's green cloth.

Price: $60.00

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