The Black Whale Cook Book. Famous old recipes handed down from mother to daughter. Compiled by Ethel Renouf ; wood cuts by V.C. Wynn-Edwards [and others]; [The Black Whale Cook Book. Fine Old Recipes form the Gaspe Coast, Going Back to Pioneer Days – cover title].

Perce, Gaspe County P.Q.; Montreal: The Black Whale; Gnaedinger Print. Co. 1948.

Octavo, 64 pages. Illustrated with woodcuts by V.C. Wynn Edwards, Andre Bieler, and Irene Tuzo, as well as several photographic illustrations. Includes some recipes in French. Evident FIRST EDITION. A community cookbook from the famous handicrafts shop of provincial Quebec, with recipes from Braised Moose to Perdrix au Choux (partridge with cabbage). Many recipes attributed. "This book is remarkable for the detail it provides on local lore, customs associated with specific celebrations... and the regions traditional foodways. The volume is also unusual because it is illustrated by Canadian artists. Irene Tuzo, one of the three artists who contributed woodcuts, also submitted a recipe... p. 21" (Driver, page 271). Some light wear and a few pages with small dog ears, generally very good in publisher's stapled, black-printed red wrappers. [OCLC locates sixteen copies; Driver, Culinary Landmarks Q314.1]. This whale's liver was two cart-loads.

Price: $50.00