San Francisco Cookbook, 1979, Maybelle Tribe. Gingham-Covered Boards. First Edition, First Printing: Here’s an alert: This is one of those cookbooks that have pre-spotted pages. So, I guess, you won’t feel bad the first time you get a page dirty. The marginal notes are all printed on. The pages are all heavy, light tan. All of them are completely clean and clear, except for the fake spots, of course. This cookbook was published by Special Books Projects, a division of Marc Spits Inc., San Francisco, under license of Peter van Lindonk, The Netherlands. This cookbook is in nearly mint condition. There’s no name in a “This Is My Cookbook” space at the front. The binding is sound. The hinges are perfect. The fabric covering the boards is worn just a bit at the corners.
This cookbook has chapters on soups and luncheon dishes; fish and shellfish; poultry and game; meats; vegetables and salads; desserts; cakes and cookies; and sundries. Tribe provides recipes from the various groups living in the city, including the Chinese, Italian, German, French, Russian, and Spanish. On the whole, these recipes are more exciting, unusual, and spicier than the average regional cookbook.