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CULINARY ART: From St. Marks Kitchens | St. Mark Lutheran Church | Batesville, IN | ©1950s - 1960s

CULINARY ART: From St. Marks Kitchens | St. Mark Lutheran Church | Batesville, IN | ©1950s - 1960s

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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.

A must-have addition to your culinary library, this cookbook is an example of a community cookbook. Frequently published by a group of women as a fundraiser, these treasured cookbooks allow us to gain a unique insight into American culture, social norms, and the collective history during an era. Through the recipes, kitchen equipment used, household hints and headnotes, the reader is provided a valuable snapshot of historical details that might not be documented elsewhere. As a result, these cookbooks have become unofficial records of the past, often valued by collectors and culinary scholars more for their historical relevance, than the recipes inside.

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