CULINARY ART: From St. Marks Kitchens | St. Mark Lutheran Church | Batesville, IN | ©1950s - 1960s
CULINARY ART: From St. Marks Kitchens is a church cookbook of favorite recipes compiled by members of St. Mark Lutheran Church located in Batesville, Indiana. St. Mark's history dates back to 1897 and with its curved benches and stained glass windows, is said to be one of the most beautiful churches in Indiana.
Based on its simple design, the use of Spry Vegetable Shortening in recipes, and a brief research of burial records of submitters to the project, CULINARY ART: From St. Marks Kitchens was likely produced in the mid 1950s to 1960s.
The recipe book is filled with nostalgic favorites of a generation of women past, Parmesan Canapés from Juanita Lindemann, Peach Conserve from Alma Bass, Paper Bag Apple Pie from Elaine Wessling, Chicken Dressing Supreme from Adeline Gibson, and more.
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. They give 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.
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