High Living: Recipes from Southern Climes. Compiled by L. L. McLaren. Preface by Edward H. Hamilton and Decorations by W.S. Wright. Published for the Benefit of The Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association [by]...

San Francisco, Cal. Paul Elder & Company; [Printed at the Tomoyé Press], 1907; [copyright 1904].

Squarish octavo (21.5 x 17 cm.), 58, [3] pages. Illustrated; printed throughout in green and black. Index. ~ SECOND EDITION. This second edition appeared in 1907 to raise funds for victims of the 1906 earthquake. An unusual community cookbook, originally published two years prior to San Francisco’s Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, on behalf of a neighborhood atop one of the city’s original seven hills. The one hundred seventy recipes within are drawn chiefly from the kitchens of immigrants “from far-flung lands who live upon the Hill” and include: Pimiento Bisque, Canape Lorenzo (with shallots and crabmeat), Escabeche (a boiled whitefish garnished with orange), Fish à la Guaymas (with sweet red peppers), Eggs à l’Ardenaise (with chives and thick cream), Oysters and Potatoes, Ripe Olive Salad, Estofado de Cordero, Chanfaina of Liver, Kidneys Los Angeles, Blanquette of Turkey, Chicken à la Bordeaux (in a bacon blanket), Ajiaco (Peruvian peppers), Artichokes à l’Inferno, Stuffed Squash, Baked Bananas, San Jose Prune Pudding, Apricot Bisque, Piepiele (sweet potatoes with cocoanut), Marrons à la Roma, Jessina Sultana, Turkish Sherbet. ~ Caroline Loyall "Linie" Ashe McLaren (1863-1941) and her husband Norman, a legal accountant of British birth, were well-known in social circles of San Mateo County. Edward Hamilton, a newspaperman (and son of the controversial preacher Laurentine Hamilton of Oakland), had been recruited by William Randolph Hearst to write for the San Francisco Examiner. His preface waxes nostalgically of the ruminants for which the Goat Hill neighborhood had been known before the construction of a semaphore telegraph there. Elsewhere he invokes the women of the Neighborhood Association who chose to tend these creatures rather than to “the flower bordered paths, hearing the lark sing and stringing the daisy chains.” Another personality certain to attract attention was the cartoonist and decorative designer William Spencer Wright, who studied and worked as an in-house designer for Paul Elder between 1896 and 1906, and was among the bohemian artists and writers famously hired to decorate the walls of Coppa’s Restaurant (images of which survive only in photographs, the originals lost in the conflagration that followed the 1906 earthquake). ~ In publisher’s decorated red and green stiff wrappers (the 1904 original was in cloth); wrappers are quite edgeworn, and a bit stained; lacking a 3 cm. piece of the wrapper at the base of the spine. Better than good. [OCLC locates thirty-two copies of the 1907 edition; Cook, pages 28, 30; Brown 62, 76; Cagle (second edition) 507].

Price: $60.00