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American Legion Auxiliary (Eureka, CA). Cook book. Eureka, CA: Eureka Printing Co., [ca. 1923]. 8vo (22.8 cm, 8.98"). 62 pp.; illus. $75.00
Opening with a poem about trees and two images of => Sequoia Park, this California community cookbook is dedicated to citizens of Eureka and Humboldt County. The recipes are interspersed with advertisements for local businesses such as the famed Eureka Inn on the Redwood Highway, listing its first-ever manager, Leo Lebenbaum, along with California artist Emile J. Iversen as resident manager; our estimated publication date is partly based on the Inn's having opened in 1922 with Iversen leaving his position in 1928, and partly on the Daly Bros. ad noting "twenty-eight years under the same management."
Almost all of the recipes are attributed to specific local cooks. Most are fairly standard early 20th-century American dishes; items of interest among them include chop suey (plus "American chop suey," which features spaghetti, ground beef, and canned tomato soup), tamale loaf, and potroast of venison.
Scarce: WorldCat locates => only two institutions reporting holdings of this cookbook, both in California (Humboldt State University and UCLA), along with one additional listing which incorrectly identifies a later Eureka Women's Club publication as the present item.
Not in America's Charitable Cooks. Publisher's printed gray textured paper wrappers; minimal wear to spine and corners. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean and crisp. => Ephemeral, local Californiana, here in a very nice copy of its original edition. (40927) Please RESHELVE This.
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