Biddeford, Maine: Rabelais Inc., 2018.
Volume one only (all published to date). Small quarto (26.5 x 19 cm.), 169 pages. Illustrated throughout in color. Title Index. Bibliography. Designed and with a letterpressed wrapper by Scott Vile of the Ascensius Press in Bar Mills, Maine. FIRST EDITION. ~ ~ The first volume in a long-term effort to examine AMERICAN COMMUNITY COOKBOOKS as a genre, within a context of other cookbooks which are outside the formal genre but which express place and/or community. UnXld: American Cookbooks of Community & Place vol.1 is arranged alphabetically by state and chronologically within each state. This first volume (of what is expected to be six volumes in all) includes one hundred forty-four community books (and others which address issues of place and community) from Alabama through the District of Columbia, nearly one quarter of which are unrecorded. Each item receives a detailed bibliographic description, as well as a narrative description concerning the community that produced the book, it's charitable purpose, if discernible, and it's impact. Attention has been paid to the community cookbook as physical artifact, in particular the creative application of wide variety of printing and binding techniques employed, from the vernacular to the professional. An introduction briefly reviews the context of the community cookbook within the American cookbook tradition, defines the genre itself, and provides an outline of some particularities of cataloguing these books, which were most often produced outside of traditional publishing and production circles. Future volumes will carry texts considering aspects of the genre including: community; the mechanisms of funding, marketing, and distribution; printing and binding technologies. [ISBN: 978-1-7329526-2-1] NEW. USPS Priority Mail shipping is included in the price.