Antique Recipes

Hotel St. Francis Cook Book, 1919

Hotel St. Francis Cook Book, 1919: Some hotel cookbooks, or restaurant cookbooks, or chefs’ cookbooks, grow long on the author’s memoirs, yet are short on recipes. Not this one! From page one through page 400, all are packed with recipes and menus. There’s not a spot of gossip, nor a single allusion to landscape! The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book, by Victor Hirtzler, once chef of the Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco. Published by The Hotel Monthly Press, John Willy, Inc., Chicago, 1919.

Hotel St. Francis Cook Book is a menu cookbook; that is, the recipes are arranged in menus, a menu with recipes for each day of the year. Here is January 1: The most amazing thing about these menus, to me, is the fact that Hirtzler manages to fit each and every one on just one page!

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