BAY LEAVES: A Collection of Recipes | Junior League of Panama City 1993 ©1975
BAY LEAVES: A Collection of Recipes is a regional cookbook first published in 1975 by the Junior League of Panama City, Florida. The cookbook has been named a Southern Living Hall of Fame winner and received Wimmer Cookbooks first Hall of Fame award. The 300+ page cookbook includes many favorite recipes of the Florida Panhandle and is referred to as "a favorite cookbook" by many cooks and collectors more than 45 years later!
Since its founding by Spanish explorers, Panama City has been known for the unique beauty of its peaceful shores lined with moss hung oaks, magnolia, and bay trees and has acquired a reputation for gracious hospitality and leisurely living. The League captured that essence in this wonderful cookbook.
It is a great example of a "community cookbook,' which were often published for women by women. These cookbooks provide unexpected insights into aspects of American culture and public history at a given time in history. For example, in this cookbook, contributors use their husband's first name and last name with the title Mrs. with their first name in parenthesis. Additionally, these cookbooks provide the reader a snapshot of historical details not documented elsewhere and have become unofficial records of the past. For some cookbook collectors and culinary scholars, their historical value far outweighs the recipes inside.
The comb bound hardcover cookbook is in very good used condition. There is some light discoloring on some of the page edges--particularly on the top. No bent edges, tears and handwritten notes inside. The Southern Living Hall of Fame sticker is on the front. This is a copy from the eleventh printing in 1993.
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