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Milford (MA). Young Men's Christian Association. Women's Auxiliary. Cook book "Something good for company." Milford, MA: Amherst Cook Book Co., (1912). 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 32 pp. $75.00
The Amherst Cook Book publishing company produced a number of variations on this title for organizations in need of fundraising efforts; each local group would have its version customized to reflect local advertising. Margaret Cook's America's Charitable Cooks bibliography does list a Something Good for Company from the same year, put out by the Class of 1916 of New Castle High School, New Castle, PA — but the present Massachusetts version does not appear in Cook. This copy was clearly much referred to, and includes a handwritten laid-in recipe for quinces with ginger as well as one pencilled annotation.
WorldCat lists only two copies of any issue of this work, both held at Kansas State University. One was printed for the Ladies Circle of the Washington Street Baptist Church of Dover, NH, and the other for the Congregational Church of Granite Falls, MN.
Cook, America's Charitable Cooks, 233 (for PA edition only, not describing this MA printing). Not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Original printed paper wrappers, detached and chipped, with spots of staining. Pages stained but very readable. A production that reflects an interesting point of development and the increasing professionalization of the originally amateurish charitable cookbook genre — with all regional variations of this item now being rather uncommon. (38119) Please RESHELVE This.
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