Pappagallo Gourmet: A strangely difficult-to-find cookbook from Pappagallo, a division of U.S. Shoe Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio. Published in 1981. The cookbook was edited by Claire Brinker. Card board cover. Plastic comb binding. 204 pages. The recipes were provided by employees of Pappagallo stores across the United States, plus stores that carried Pappagallo shoes, like Strawbridge & Clothier, Lord & Taylor, Gimbels, Jordon Hudson, Marshall Fields, and many more. The cover has shelf wear, but the pages and binding are perfect.
Remember those Pappagallo flats of the 70s and 80s? Such cute shoes! And the stores were cute, as well. Every big college town had one, I think. I know when I was at Indiana University, the Pappagallo store was right on the corner of the main street. (I certainly didn’t shop there, though. I was a lowly teaching assistant, teaching freshman English. The undergraduates shopped at Pappagallo.) I don’t know if this cookbook was sold in the stores to the general consumer, if it was sold at bookstores, or if it was just published for the pleasure of the Pappagallo staff.
The introduction, on page five, has a funny recipe for Elephant Stew. On that page, it says, “we offer you regional delicacies and traditional favorites from all over the U.S. to sample in your own kitchen.” There is no price information, no ordering information. So, who know? The recipes are terrific.