San Bernardino: Sun Printing and Publishing House, 1928.
Octavo (23 x 15 cm.), [viii], 57 pages. Index. Illustrated frontispiece. Place of publication and publisher confirmed from U.S. copyright registry (February 16, 1928). FIRST EDITION. Attractive anthology cookbook of two hundred twenty recipes in several formats, many with ingredients lists. Singular in its presentation is a recipe reported from a newspaper editorial (in the Portland Telegram) which turns out to be a circuitous means of including the author's own Grapefruit Pie. Sweets and salads compete for attention: Orange Whole Wheat Cake, Orange Walnut Pie, Pumpkin Lemon Pie, Grapefruit Candy; Calavo and Tomato Salad, Pea and Orange Salad, Alligator Pear and Grapefruit. An entry now and then evades classification; something called Sunshine Figment, for instance, which combines figs and lemons with "Chinese" ginger. Nellie Viola (Ames) Aldridge (1865-1938) was a recognized culinary personality and participant in charity fund-raisers, not an industry invention as some food writers have theorized (e.g., Gregory McNamee in Moveable Feasts ). She and her husband Jephta Washington Aldridge (1863-1930), a physician, were natives and lifelong residents in San Bernardino. In this context it can be noted, as an aside, that Southern Californians attach significance to distinctions between avocados, calavos, and alligator pears, for they are differentiated in the National Orange Show Cook Book. Local Orange Shows had been held annually in San Bernardino since 1889. The first coordinated National Orange Show was held in March 1911, a civic fair organized by merchants and citrus growers of the San Bernardino Valley. A photograph of Nellie Aldridge's display of candies and desserts, reproduced as the frontispiece, supplies an idea of the eighteenth fair of 1928. Today the Citrus Fair is but one element of a virtually permanent National Orange Show that has considerably less to do with the citrus industry than with the region's commercial recreation and entertainment event schedule. In publisher's green wrappers backed in orange cloth; slightly stained, with dark green lettering and illustration of a bough with oranges, blossoms, and leaves. A few very small spots, otherwise fine. [OCLC locates nine copies; also one copy of a Nellie Aldridge Cook Book without date or publisher, suggesting a trial run or early draft, owned by the California State Library; in neither Brown nor Cagle].