The West Hartford Cook Book. Compiled by the Ladies of the Gray Stone Church, West Hartford, Conn. Republished with additions.

Hartford, Conn. The Burr Index Co., Printers, 1914.

Octavo (23.5 x 15.5 cm.), [xiv], 80, [xxii] pages. Advertisements (some illustrated). Index is actually a table of contents. Evident third edition; first appearance under this title. An enlarged revision of two earlier editions, of 1890 and 1895, both titled Bazaar Cook Book. Three hundred attributed recipes, gathered (one surmises) on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of the congregation’s recognition as a parish of the “West Division” of Hartford. Among items of interest: Turbot á la créme (baked in layers), Beauregard Eggs (visiting from points south?), Dolly Varden Cake (a still-circulating tribute to a character from Dickens), Ripe Currant Pie Hickory Nut Macaroons, and Crab Apple Ginger. ~ At the turn of the eighteenth century, the townspeople of Hartford supported three Congregationalist churches: First Church, Second Church (now South Church), and Third Church (today known as First Church of East Hartford). In 1711, approval was obtained to create a parish in the West Division, and by 1713 a Fourth Church stood at what is now the corner of Farmington Avenue and Main Street. Several meeting houses would accommodate members in succession there and, later, on the opposite corner of the intersection. ~ After the separate incorporation of West Hartford in 1854, the fourth parish became the First Church of the new town. In June of 1882 a Gothic Revival edifice of Monson granite – Greystone Church – was dedicated, noted for its grand stained glass windows and the pipe organ, which had been salvaged from its predecessor across the street. One of its rooms served as West Hartford’s Free Library (until 1917, when the church’s books were relocated to form the nucleus of the Noah Webster Public Library’s collections). Which is to say that Greystone Church had become integral as a landmark of the town. One that perished, sadly, in a tumultuous fire, in early January 1942. ~ Fine in publisher’s light brown wrappers, titled in darker brown, backed in brown cloth. Scarce. [Title registered in OCLC but identifier of holding institution deleted (suggesting withdrawal); in neither Brown nor Cagle].

Price: $250.00