DERBYTOWN WINNERS FOR COOKS | Louisville, Kentucky 1980 ©1975
DERBYTOWN WINNERS FOR COOKS is a popular regional cookbook first published in 1971 that includes favorite Kentucky recipes submitted by members of the Crescent Hill Woman's Club of Louisville, Kentucky. Each recipe is accompanied by the name of its contributor, and most if not all, use the Mrs. title with their husband's name.
The book begins with several pages of suggested menus including ideas for hosting a Coffee, Kentucky Derby Brunch, Luncheon, Dinner, Holiday or Simple Supper. Each of the thirteen chapters are separated by an index tab and include a list of recipes and a pen and ink Kentucky Derby based illustration.
Really great regional recipes are in this book--like Baked Macaroni, Deviled Crab, Scalloped Oysters, Pecan Croquettes, Smithfield Ham Canape, Kentucky Burgoo, Picadellia, Kentucky Country Ham, Corn Pudding, Old Stone Inn Baked Eggplant, Blue Grass Spoon Bread, Original Kentucky Whiskey Cake, Kentucky Colonel Candy, Hot Brown Sandwich, Kentucky Mountain Pudding, and 100's more. All tempting and delicious recipes for your next Derby party!
This cookbook is another 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.
Most community cookbooks were created as a charity or community fundraiser. This book was a fundraiser for the Crescent Hill Woman's Club which was founded in 1919 when the Crescent Hill Mother's Club and The Civic League merged. Since its founding, they have funded multiple projects for the community including the local Children's Hospital, spring historical trips for school children, and art programs for high school students.
The 304-page comb bound cookbook was published in 1975. This is a copy from the 1980 fifth edition and measures 5 ¾” high by 9 ¾” wide not including the plastic comb. It is in used condition (please review photos carefully) with no tears; however, the cover does show its age with staining, fading and curling on the edges.
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