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Crescent Hill Woman's Club

DERBYTOWN WINNERS FOR COOKS | Louisville, Kentucky 1980 ©1975

DERBYTOWN WINNERS FOR COOKS | Louisville, Kentucky 1980 ©1975

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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!

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.  

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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