A La Rector, 1933, First Printing, Signed!



A la Rector, by George Rector. or, Rector’s Carte  Du Jour.  Subtitle: Unveiling the Culinary Mysteries of the world-famous George Rector. (I think he had an ego.) Published in 1933 by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., New York. Apparent first edition, first printing, since no others are mentioned.  111 pages. Signed, “Best Wishes, George Rector.” Hard cover. Lovely little cookbook that almost looks hand printed. Nearly mint condition. Binding is solid. Hinges are fine. Very slight soil on cover. Spine is in good shape. All the pages are perfect.

Rector was owner of Rector’s on Broadway, New York.  These are the recipes from that restaurant, told with lots of humor and tales of patrons like Diamond Jim Bradley, Wilton Lackaye, and Berry Wall.  The illustrations are equally clever, and the recipe for Rector’s onion soup is here in full! There’s even a chapter with special recipes for children, like Salmon Wiggle.

If your sister, your mother, your friend, or your colleague asks you where you found this antique first edition cookbook, please tell him or her:!

At we try to provide you with your mother’s cookbook! I know lots of current recipe bloggers write proudly that their recipes are “not from your mother’s cookbook.” We think the recipes in your mother’s cookbook provided food that was nutritious and warm and colorful and just plain yummy! We know that just looking at the cover of your mother’s Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book makes you feel good. Holding her Betty Crocker Cookbook, or her Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping Cookbook in your hands is better than nostalgic. And cooking some of those dishes for your children will pass on a great tradition.


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