Fruit and Flower Mission Cook Book, 1930, Seattle, Washington



Fruit and Flower Mission Cook Book, 1930, Seattle, Washington. Actually, the title of this cookbook, what’s printed on the title page, is Choice Recipes by Members of the Fruit and Flower Mission. Published by Lowman & Hanford, Publishers, Seattle, Washington. Copyrighted by Lowman & Hanford in 1930. Apparent first edition, first printing, no other being mentioned. Hard cover without dust jacket. 411 pages, plus four pages of additional handwritten recipes and 14 pages of local advertising. Excellent vintage condition. Front hinge is exposed, but holding. Binding is solid. A few pages have light spots, but the vast majority are clean and clear.

From the Forward: “The Seattle Fruit and Flower Mission is an organization of women, all volunteer workers, which gives dietary aid to those who are ill or undernourished, irrespective of race or creed. Incorporated in 1907, it has steadily grown until the demand for special diet is in danger of exceeding the supply; therefore, this book has been published, hoping it will meet with favor and bring new friends to the Mission.”

See one great recipe from Fruit and Flower Mission Cook Book in’s Recipe file. Just click on Recipes on VintageCookbook’s home page. See it here:

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.



    I picked up a copy of this book at Goodwill a few years ago, and only got around to looking at it now. I highly recommend it for the Pickle, Pie, and Candy chapters. These are very much like the pickle recipes that I helped my Idaho grandmother make when I was a teenager. Plus the pie and candy recipes are ones I remember like pineapple pie and brown sugar fudge. One more thing that is really cute about this book is the first chapter on Appetizers and Canapes. These little tea afternoon tea sandwiches are a lot art – a tradition that maybe we need to bring back.

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