Grandma's Cook Book, Designed to Meet Present Day Conditions. [Compiled by the staff of the] American Trade Council. Introduction by Howard Johnson. Third edition. 900 Popular Recipes for the Ingredients and Preparation of Wholesome, Appetizing and Nourishing Foods, Easily Prepared in Any Kitchen, from Supplies Obtainable at Community Grocery and Meat Shop[s].

South Bend, Ind. The United States Board of Trade Publication Division, 1932.

Large octavo-sized, stapled booklet (26.5 x 19 cm.), 94 pages. Index. Third edition. A curious effort on the part of a business lobbying organization, apparently intended to promote sales within local communities "in the interest of trade development". A relatively standard reference collation, apart from a heavier-than-usual emphasis on butchered meats, and on "temperance beverage" recipes. The American Trade Council was a loosely agglomerated labor, farm-group, and protectionist trade lobbying coalition, about whose inner workings little, at present, is known. It may have dissolved shortly after suffering legislative defeat through the Trade Expansion Act adopted by Congress in October 1962. The general introduction on food preparation by Howard Johnson (1897-1972) dates from a time just after the success of his first full-service restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts (but before the famous restaurant-franchise founded in 1935). Pages age-toned; a bit of dog-earing, and edgewear. In stapled, black-printed orange wrapper, with an image of "Grandma" trimming dough from a pie. Good. Scarce. [OCLC locates no copies of editions prior to 1932 (third edition); it locates four copies dated 1932; not in Brown or Cagle].

Price: $50.00