Good Maine Food, Marjorie Mosser, 1939, First Edition, 1947 Printing: This is an erudite, fascinatingly historical cookbook written by a woman who was secretary to a Maine author named Kenneth Roberts. Roberts wrote a book titled Trending into Maine, which had a chapter on his favorite boyhood foods. That chapter was published in the Saturday Evening Post, resulting in many letters with readers’ favorite recipes. Since Mosser was the secretary dealing with all those a letters, she became interested in writing a Maine cookbook. With a Roberts’ contacts and her own, Mosser had access to a network of people with hundreds of handwritten recipes, old cookbooks, and historic references. She begins every chapter with a long quotation from an obscure part of Maine history, or a lengthy discussion of some Maine food. See VintageCookbook’s “Recipes” section for a portion of her four-page discussion of fiddle-heads. Published by Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., New York.
This copy of Good Maine Food is from the 1939 first edition and it is presumed from the first printing, since no other printing is mentioned. Dust jacket has lots of dings and tears. I don’t think the cookbook was ever read. No inscription or owner’s name. Pages are uniformly tanned at the edges. Pages are all completely clean and clear. Binding is tight. Cover is in good condition. Definitely a gift quality first edition!