Purchase Fare ’56 Entrees with Cover by Peter Arno: Small cookbook compiled to benefit of The Purchase Fair Purchase Community House, Purchase, New York, in 1956. I don’t like to use the word “rare” lightly. But, this is a rare cookbook. OCLC locates two copies (Culinary Instate and Syracuse) in the United States. There’s one other copy for sale now on the Internet.
While the list of ladies contributing recipes for the cookbook is a virtual who’s who of New York rich ladies, this cookbook is mainly famous for its cover by the New Yorker cartoonist, Peter Arno. I assume that he did the cover because he lived on a farm near Harrison, New York, in Westchester County, where Purchase, New York is also located. (If you want to know more about Arno, here’s a great article–with slideshow–from Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/photos/2016/04/new-yorker-cartoonist-peter-arno#10)
These recipes are pretty highfalutin’. There’s a three-page recipe for Filet Wellington, three veal recipes, one for Pastitsio, one for Duck a L ‘Orange, one for Continental Piquante, and more. Lots of expensive wine is added to many dishes. But, there are ordinary recipes as well, like Hamburgers de Luxe, and Bill’s Favorite Cabbage Rolls.
The cookbook is in excellent vintage condition. With the exception of some penciled check-marks at the top of recipes, all 66 pages are completely clean and clear. The heavy card stock cover has some very minor shelf wear. The plastic comb binding is perfect.