Beverly Hills, California: Printed in Beverly Hills by the Beverly Hills Citizen, 1929.
Cover design and titles by Vivian V. Robeson. Foreword by Will Rogers. Octavo (21 x 15.5 cm.), [xiv], 189 pages. Ads. Illustrated title page. Includes table of contents and indexes. Evident FIRST EDITION. Some starry names accompany a fair number of the six hundred recipes of this community cookbook, among the celebrities: Ina Claire, Joan Crawford, Mildred Davis, Douglas Fairbanks, Janet Gaynor, Lucile Gleason, Kay Johnson, Buster Keaton, Carol Lombard, Marilyn Morgan (pseud. Marian Marsh), Ramón Novarro, Mary Pickford, Zazu Pitts, Dolores del Río, Barbara Stanwyck, Erich von Stroheim, Norma Talmadge, Helen Twelvetrees, Henry Walthall. A great many recipes reveal that stars ate as economically as everyone else (basic Pie Crust is dispatched by Douglas Fairbanks), but a few idiosyncracies sneak in: Broiled Barracuda; Wakimoli Salad (Guacamole, one assumes, evidently a novelty in Beverly Hills), Lima Bean Muffins, Peruvian Chicken, East India Squab Nest, Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cases. A "Childrens' Corner" appends recipes submitted by children – including an Orange Souffle Pie sent in by Chubby Chaney (of the series Our Gang). Now spelled "Beverly Hills Women's Club", the social organization was founded in 1916, just in time to assume the role of an American Red Cross unit for the Los Angeles region. In the mid-1920s they embarked on a drive to fund a dedicated clubhouse, the same Spanish Colonial building that still stands at the corner of Chevy Chase and Benedict Canon Drives, north of Sunset Boulevard. The club still sponsors many social events on the Beverly Hills calendar; the house itself was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Bound in white publisher's cloth with black and gray Art Deco design and lettering; shelfworn and soiled, and with corners a bit bumped. Fly-leaves foxed, and hinges shaken, but still sound; a few pages stained at the interior margin; closed tear to final leaf. Ink recipe to front free endpaper. Good. [OCLC locates fifteen copies of the first edition; Brown 169; Cagle 91; Glozer 30].