Trinity Methodist Church Cook Book. [Compiled by The W. S. C. S. of Trinity Methodist Church. Illustrations by Elizabeth Nielson and Loretta Williams.]

Birmingham, Alabama: [The Church], 1951.

Ring bound book (23 x 16 cm.), 156, [ii] pages. Typescript. Illustrated. Advertisements. Title and date of publication from cover. Author and illustrators from prefatory remarks on page 2. Evident FIRST EDITION. A church cookbook undertaken in support of a burgeoning suburban community to the south of Birmingham. With two hundred fifty attributed recipes; among them: Pear Relish (with onions and peppers), Black Cherry Salad, Sea Food Gumbo, Southern Pork Chops with Rice, Baked (Ham) Sandwich, Red Cabbage Casserole, Squash Souffle, Glazed Apricots, Whole Grain Banana Bread, Black Bottom Pie, Caramel Cocoanut Cake, Pineapple Torte. ~ Several small neighborhoods south of the Red Mountain ridge below Southside voted to incorporate, in 1926, under the name Homewood. Still in the same year, members of Trinity Methodist, a mission church at Sixth Avenue and 31st Street, saw the advantage of starting anew, and purchased property on Oxmoor Road in the new municipality. The new church’s doors opened as the Great Depression descended, but the community revived after the Second World War, and its sanctuary was renovated in 1950. Thus Trinity Methodist Church Cook Book appeared as construction invoices came due and as the silver anniversary of the congregation approached. ~ Formation of the Women’s Society of Christian Service was the result of the merger of the Home and Foreign Missionary Societies of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1939 (the year of the emergence of the Methodist Church from the amalgamation of several regional manifestations of Wesleyan Methodism in North America). In 1972, after the next denominational merger, the organization would unite with the Wesleyan Service Guild to form United Methodist Women. The illustrators, presumably members of the congregation, are otherwise unknown. ~ Interior clean, save for a few spot-stains and minor age-darkening at the edges; several pages pulling at the ring holes. Publisher’s yellow binder, soiled, title in black. Unrecorded. [OCLC locates no copies; not in Brown, Cagle, or Cather].

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