The Revised Tried and True Cook Book. Third Edition. Compiled by Members of Auxiliary to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Their Friends.
Willimantic, Conn. [The Auxiliary; Printed by]; Chronicle Print, [circa 1925].
Octavo (25.5 x 17.25 cm.), 91 pages. Table of contents. Stated third edition. A hospital charity cookbook with four hundred fifty recipes, a majority of them attributed; with credits to compilers of each chapter. Entries warranting attention: Asparagus Soup, Chartreuse of Rice and Meat, Poor Man’s Loaf, Corned Beef Salad, Quaker Salad, Eggs and Mushrooms, Parsnip Cakes, Tomato Jelly, Stuffed Eggplant, Baba Cakes with Apricots, Green Tomato Pie, Huckleberry Pudding, Rice Cones, Peach Mousse, Grape and Orange Jam, Muscatel Caramels. ~ Once a separate village, Willimantic is today a neighborhood enfolded within the town of Windham. In the 1850s Irish Catholic immigrants established a small parish after purchasing a derelict church from the Baptists. After the Civil War, the Irish population surged and, joined by French Canadians seeking work in the textile mills, St. Joseph’s Parish flourished. A new, neo-Gothic church of granite and brick was dedicated in 1874 – a veritable cathedral, with nave, side-aisles, clearstory, and clustered columns. ~ In 1908 the parish invited the Sisters of Charity to open a hospital, a charitable venture almost entirely supported by the congregation. But by the mid-1920s, the demand for beds and the costs of modernization were more than the parish could sustain, and St. Joseph’s asked civic leaders to consider the alternative of a nonsectarian hospital supported by the community. Construction of the newly-named Windham Community Memorial Hospital began in 1931. This sequence of events determines the date of publication proposed for the third edition of the Tried and True Cook Book, for the Sisters of Mercy were recalled in 1926. ~ Staining to bottom edges throughout and to top fore-corner of title page; otherwise clean, and text block solid. In publisher’s yellow wrappers, lightly foxed and rubbed, titled in black and with a photograph of the hospital. Near very good. [OCLC locates one copy of this third edition (and one each of two other editions, none of them dated); Brown 387; not in Cagle].