Some Favorite Southern Recipes of The Duchess of Windsor, 1942, First Edition, First Printing: Antique cookbook with a forward by the Duchess of Windsor and with an introduction by Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, in 1942. This is a true first printing copy, marked the the Charles Scribner’s “A” on the copyright page. The copyright itself was held by Marie M. Meloney, and I assume she was the actual compiler of these recipes. Lovely full color photo of the Duchess as the frontispiece. Hard cover book in nearly mint condition. 180 pages. Pages are lightly and uniformly tanned. Binding is firm. Hinges are perfect. Dust jacket is worn, especially at the edges.
The Duchess writes in her foreward, “Every country in Europe has certain dishes for which it has always been famous. That is many times true of the United States, which has a different culinary tradition for every large section. I myself am most familiar, of course, with Southern cooking, and especially the dishes of Maryland.I have been very happy to help carry some of the well-known dishes of my native land to other countries, and especially to have served on my table Southern dishes which appeal to the Duke.It is the simple dishes of my homeland which are most popular with me, and which are the ones most frequently served at my table.”
Some Favorite Southern Recipes contains nearly 140 recipes including soups, fish and shellfish, meats and cheese dishes, vegetables, hot breads, salads, desserts, cakes, and preserves. A few typical Southern menus are give, and also a brief selection of the Duchess’ favorite foreign recipes. All the author’s royalties on this book were donated to the British War Relief Society, Inc.