The Landour Community Centre Cook Book.

Mussoorie, India: Mussoorie Book Society; printed at the Art Printing Press, 1938.

Octavo (16 x 12.5 cm.), 227, [1] pages. Index. Stated second edition; the first having been issued in Landour in 1930, and printed at the Mafasilite Electric Printing Works. The brief foreword to the second edition, printed on the title page, mentions slight corrections and additions. A community cookbook created by expatriot American and English women in a summer resort community in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Woodstock School was first built in Landour by Protestant Missionaries in 1852. The recipes in this book, mostly attributed, represent fairly standard Anglo-American cookery, though they do address issues of cooking at such a high altitude. includes a section of poems about various foodstuffs, particularly dishes associated with Thanksgiving. All proceeds from the sale of this book went to support a Reading Club, just one manifestation of a culture of volunteerism in this interesting small community among the mountains. A few light pencil annotations to a final blank, otherwise truly fine; in publisher’s black-printed blue cloth; Printed dust jacket with a few short closed tears to edges, and some fairly light water spots, otherwise very good. Surprisingly nice condition for a missionary cookbook. [OCLC locates no copies; there is one copy of the original 1930 issue at the University of Oregon Library (and perhaps one at Cambridge Univ. Libraries), though the Oregon record refers to that copy as, “Loose-leaf; table of contents and paging appear faulty”].

Price: $250.00