Los Angeles, Calif. Commercial Printing House, 1894.
Octavo (22.25 x 15 cm.), , 382 pages. Illustrated. Index. Advertisements. List of contributors. Evident FIRST EDITION. "One of the best and most extensive local cook books ever compiled. The contributors include the leading names of Southern California, to mention a few: Mrs. R. M. Widney, the Bixby's, Mrs. M. M. Bovard, Mrs. S. C. Poy, Mrs. Jessie Benton Fremont, Frank A. Miller, Mrs. Don Juan Forster and Mrs. Anna O'Melveny. There are sections on Spanish, German and French cooking" (Dawsons' catalogue of 1943), and also a Russian Department, which includes a full-page instruction for drying Smyrna figs. Most recipes attributed. "A rare early Los Angeles cook book listing many Los Angeles Pioneer families" and "Recipes contributed by Jessie Benton Fremont, Dolores Sepulveda, Hancock Banning, W.H. Workman, et al." Preliminary sections on "Old Time Hospitality" by James Benton Fremont, "Mrs. Alcott's Table" by Mrs. C.M. Severance, "Table Decorations" by Mrs. Anna Bancroft, and a selection of menus and decorations. Small chip from corner of final blank leaf; some offsetting from recipe clips laid-in. In limp, medium brown leather, with decorative titling to front panel. A bit of age-toning, some rubbing to edges, spine panel separated at one hinge. Otherwise, generally very good. Manuscript recipes to margins of a few pages: Indian Bannock, Virginia Spoon Bread, and Grape Fruit Cocktail. Pencil ownership inscription to free front endpaper, "M. Edith Gardiner, Sierra Madre Street, Pasadena, Calif."Rare. [OCLC locates twenty copies; Cook, page 25; Bitting, page 565; Glozer 172; not in Strehl, 100 Books on California Food & Wine].