200 Years of Charleston Cooking, 1930, 1934. With Dust Jacket. New Chapter on Plantation Drinks.



200 Years of Charleston Cooking:  Years of Charleston Cooking: Two Hundred Years of Charleston Cooking by Blanche Rhett, Lettie Gay, and Helen Woodward.  This copy is from the first edition of the 1934 revision, published by Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith.  Hard cover with a tattered dust jacket. 305 pages. Pale green linen covered boards. Every page is clean and clear. The binding is completely sound. The cover is worn at the edges and corners, only. The dust jacket is in terrible condition, but it is now encased in Mylar.  Book is in mint condition.    Book is gift quality. Especially fun about this edition: “a new chapter on Plantation Drinks.” You haven’t lived until you’ve at least read the recipes for Otranto Club Punch or The Charleston Light Dragoon’s Punch.

The cookbook was created with an interesting collaboration among three women. Blanche Rhett gathered the recipes from her friends and family in Charleston and from two even older cookbooks, The Carolina Housewife and The Southern Cook Book. Lettie Gay, director of the New York Herald-eiciallyk. Unfortunately, there’s no attribution for the photographs.

Of all the old cookbooks I’ve dealt with in 20 years, this is the best. Every page has little stories about the recipes, concrete historical facts about the people for whom the recipes were created, delightful tales about the people who cooked the recipes and about those who set the tables. Not to mention history of the local plantations.  And, it has charming black and white photographs of everyday people selling food.  I love this cookbook.

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