Cook Book. [Compiled by Members of the] Junior League of Boise.

[Boise, Idaho: The League; Printed by] Fred York Printing Co., [circa 1940].

Octavo (23.5 x 16 cm.), 260 pages. Advertisements. Index. Printer from colophon. Date of publication estimated from external evidence. ~ Evident second edition. A community cookbook “dedicated to the children of the Junior League Health Camp” (page [3]). With approximately one thousand attributed recipes; among them: Corn Soup, Buttermilk Rolls, Deviled Crab, Shad Roe Ring, Flank Steak, Pheasant à l’Idaho, Poulet Bonne Femme (a version with carrots instead of potatoes), Sunburst Cauliflower, Baked Eggplant, Onion Souffle, Zucchini Pie, Artichoke Salad, Cranberry Grape Salad, Walnut Torte, Gingerbread Upside Down Cake, Spaghetti Pie, Sukiyaki, Sardine Canapes, Asparagus Sandwiches, Crabapple Pickles. ~ Shortly after its founding in March 1928, the Junior League of Boise embarked on a commitment to provide health-education programs, clinics, and nutrition advice for underserved children in southwestern Idaho (formerly known as the Snake River Valley region, and since 1959 called Treasure Valley). Funds explicitly directed to such purpose were raised by the evident first edition of the Cook Book (1930) according to acknowledgements on its title page; the present later, expanded version helped to renew efforts after a decade or so. The League has remained steadfastly dedicated to its original mission, establishing in recent years a telephone “careline” and a mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. ~ The printer Fred York, a Dane who had immigrated in 1916 and established himself as a typographer in Boise in the 1920s, provides a terminus ante quem with regard to estimating a date of publication, as he sold his printing firm in 1945. An earlier boundary is less easily determined, but a start can be made in observing that machine factory operations such as that advertised on page 16, for the Lennox Torrid-Zone Furnace, wound down to enable conversions for government contracts during the run-up to America’s entry into World War II; while at the same time the domestic market for coal furnaces was slowing, as customers weighed the advantages of oil. ~ Splatter- and damp-stained throughout; a few pages dog-eared. Fair, in publisher’s green cloth, abraded and bumped, with black lettering; with a full-panel advertisement depicting Reddy Kilowatt (in chef’s hat) on the rear panel. One handwritten recipe (page 234). [OCLC locates four copies, one mistakenly dated 1915 (also five copies of the 1930 first edition); in neither Brown nor Cagle].

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