The Old Vanity Fair Tea Room Recipes Gathered From Far and Near
[Los Angeles]: [Carl A. Bundy Quill & Press], 1927. Boards. [HOME ARTS] [WOMEN’S HISTORY]. Caro F. Chamberlain, copyright.
12mo; [1-10], 11-160pp; black silhouette-style pictorial of a signpost over a cobbled street on marbled tan boards; quarter-bound navy cloth, blue printed silver label on spine; b&w pictorial title page; text printed in navy; scuffing to edges and corners with some loss, a few checkmarks in pencil next to recipes, binding tight; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1716
An uncommon cookbook from the dining room of the Women’s Athletic Club of Los Angles, California, once located at 829 South Flower Street. Women’s clubs flourished from the end of the 19th until the mid-20th century. They provided a place for women to socialize amongst themselves and freely pursue interests, including the sharing of ideas and participation in sports. The recipes give a glimpse of dining at the club as well as recipes and groups of foods that were popular during this time period.
Chapter titles start with Hors D’Oeuvres and progress through Cocktails and Sauces, Soups, Fish, Entrees, Sauces, Meats and Poultry, Conserves and Relishes, Vegetables, Salads, Salad Dressings, Breads, Desserts, Cakes, Pies, Sandwiches, and Confections. Several blank pages are provided at the end of each chapter for adding recipes.
Printed in this book is a recipe for Green Goddess Dressing, a popular salad dressing of the day, the instructions read “To a Good French dressing add a suspicion of garlic a few filets of anchovy, minced, a tablespoon or 2 of mayonnaise. Marinate any combinations of greens with the above.” To make a Honolulu Sandwich, “Slice dark bread very thin, butter and spread with the following mixtures: Roasted peanuts, ground fine. Raw carrots, grated. Sweet pickle, chopped fine.”.