The Southern Housekeeper, a Book of Tested Recipes

By: Ladies' Missionary Society, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA

Price: $1,095.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Good+ with No dust jacket as issued


The book's hinges have been professionally repaired and stabilized and the covers cleaned. Some corner wear and wrinkling, the front pastedown is wrinkled. There is some light toning and foxing on the pages as well as a few corners that had been turned down but are now straight. The book is printed on heavy paper that has held up well. This rare collection of recipes was done by the Home Department of the Ladies' Missionary Society of Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta, a church still in existence with a long history of community involvement. The officers when the book was published in 1898 were Mrs. J. N. Fain, Miss Cooie Sloan, Miss Belle Kennedy, and Mrs. James G. McIntire. Nearly 70 contributors are listed, including a few from Alabama, Florida and Tennessee as well as Georgia towns other than Atlanta. There is a wonderful poem on cooking Boston Baked Beans on page 29. A sandwich recipe for chopped nuts with jelly and another for ground peanuts might be considered early PB&J recipes! There are ads throughout the book plus 9 pages of ads in the back, including a Coca-Cola logo. Blank pages (unused) for recipes are titled Fragments. Tucked in the book and included with the book, were several hand written recipes: Aunt Lynn's Fruit Cookies from Martha Dean Moore of Bolton, GA (an Atlanta suburb); Clair Parker's Devil Food Cake; and an untitled recipe that might be for a lemon pudding. But the prize insert is a recipe for Mustard Pickles had written on a letterhead from the office of Thomas H. Jeffries. Judge Court of Ordinary of Fulton County. Of course, I don't know if the Judge himself wrote the recipe, or if his secretary "borrowed" a letterhead, but Judge Jeffries was a well known Atlanta figure. According to Franklin Garrett in Atlanta and Environs, Jeffries was elected in 1916 and served until 1945, so the recipe postdates the book by some time, but it's still an interesting Atlanta association and I like to think it shows the book was still in use after 20 years . The letter is toned and foxed and has been folded. Jeffereies was a Grand Master Mason and according to a 1916 Atlanta Constitution article, national head of the fraternal order Improved Order of the Red Men of the United States. WorldCat locates only 3 copies of the book and shows just the 1898 edition. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 139+ 21 ads and blank pages pages

Title: The Southern Housekeeper, a Book of Tested Recipes

Author Name: Ladies' Missionary Society, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA

Categories: Cook Book,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Atlanta, Franklin Printing and Publishing: 1898

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good+ with No dust jacket as issued

Seller ID: 16458

Keywords: Cookbooks Recipes Atlanta Georgia Presbyterian Judge Thomas Jeffries