The Book of Recipes. Gardez Class, Calvary Baptist Sunday School.

Washington, D.C. Press of Judd & Detweiler, Inc., 1924.

Octavo (23 x 15.5 cm.), 150 pages. Includes list of contributors and index. Advertising in footers and on page 64. First edition. An expansive anthology of six hundred attributed recipes; among the offerings: Navy Punch, Hawaiian Punch, Waikiki Punch, Fruit Punch – all requiring pineapple in some form or other; Ginger Ale Salad, Pineapple and Cucumber Salad, Pineapple Loaf Salad, not to forget Perfection Salad. For relief from pineapple, there is Washington City's Favorite Salad (with macaroni, celery, and ham). For luncheon: Maple Tea Cakes, Virginia Walnut Cakes, Date Cakes, Christmas Cakes (for those recovered: Pineapple Filling). It may be of interest to note that the single full-page advertisment (page [64]) is for the recently introduced KitchenAid model H-5 of 1922, the first of its kind marketed directly to home cooks. Calvary Baptist Church emerged during the American Civil War, establishing itself in the center of Washington in 1862. It was the locus of the forge for the Northern Baptist Convention in 1907 and calls itself still "the founding church of the American Baptist Convention." Education has been chief among its missions. The origin of the Gardez Class name is not explained, but its membership – the 1924 roster appears on page 3 – was exclusively female. It is hard to resist speculation that the name derives from a famous nineteenth-century parable chronicling the life and moral temptations* of a young working woman, called The Factory Girl, or, Gardez la Coeur. The fate of the novel's author, a surgeon with the 42nd Massachusetts Regiment who had perished at his post in 1863, would surely have resonated with a church whose founding had been so entwined with the Civil War and the Proclamation on 1 January of that year. Bound in gray wrappers, splatter stained, with blue lettering and images of three steaming soup bowls; bottom corner of front panel chipped; front hinge started. Edges stained, chip at fore-corner, otherwise pages clean and unmarked. Scarce. [OCLC reports one copy; Brown 451; not in Cagle].

Price: $150.00