"The Congressional Cook Book National and International Favorite Recipes With Special Articles by Eminent Government Authorities" was compiled and published by The Congressional Club in Washington DC in 1933. The book has cream cloth covers with a paste-down illustration on the front. The book is in good vintage condition with some soiling and marking on the front cover. The pages are clean with some dog earring on a few. The binding is tight. A great copy of a classic cookbook.
The Forward is written by Eleanor Roosevelt. In it she states, "Cooking should be considered as an art, and the arts should certainly be of assistance in the government.". This vintage cookbook is chock full of recipes from soup to final course. It's main interest is in the "articles" written by leading politicians of the time. Mrs. Clarence Dill writes on "Social Suggestions" which includes "Precedence in Washington According to the Importance of the Office", "Rules of Precedence in Official Washington", "Calling", "Form of Cards" and many more interesting social practices of the day like leaving calling cards at the White House.
There are wonderful advertisements in the back of this book for everything from canned salmon, the Fuller Brush Company, A-1 Sauce to a complete five room house for $544.
This vintage book has a shiny silver cloth cover with blue embossed lettering. It is 834 pages in length with several blank "memoranda" pages at the back. This was a cook book that was used a lot in some kitchen. There are extra recipes written on the inside front cover and the first "memorandum" page (for Yorkshire Pudding). Any recipe the previous owner tried is marked and notes are sometimes added. The binding is tight on this book and the pages are clean besides the pencil markings noted above.
This is an amazing cook book for both the cook and historian.
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