Mrs. William Vaughn Moody's Cook-Book.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931.

Oxtavo, x, 475 pages. FIRST EDITION. A recipe collection reflecting an American cuisine at the service of a. upper middle class in a catering setting. Harriet C. Moody was a teacher and businesswoman in Chicago, wife of the poet William Vaughan Moody. As an active fixture in Chicago's social scene she operated a salon known as "La Petits Jeux Floraux". She was a friend to many interesting figures, including Harriet Monroe and Rabinidrath Tagore. In 1890, she founded the Home Delicacies Association, a catering operation which sold food to Marshall Field's and other large department stores. "The business supplied gourmet foods to Marshall Field and Company and, at the suggestion of H. G. Selfridge, operated a London branch for 14 years. Restaurants, clubs, hotels, and the dining cars of major railroads running out of Chicago were H.D.A. customers; there was also a large catering division. The Home Delicacies Association operated several restaurants in addition, the most successful of which was 'Le Petit Gourmet'-the setting of 'La Petits Jeux Floraux.'" (SNAC Biographies http://snaccooperative.org/ark:/99166/w6wh34q8). The business closed in 1929 with the onset of the Great Depression. Imternally age-toned but clean; hinges a bit shaken. In black a red decorated cloth; spine a bit faded and edges rubbed. Near very good.

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