Conservation Recipes

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The Mobilized Women’s Organization of Berkeley.¬†Berkeley: [Press of the Courier], 1917. First Edition. 179 pages. 22 x 14.5 cm. A fascinating glimpse into Berkeley California during World War I, including recipes, advertisements from local merchants, and the interesting cast of local characters. Herbert Hoover was just appointed head of the U.S. Food Administration by President Woodrow Wilson, hence the first recipe in this book – Mrs. Hoover’s Favorite War Pudding. The Editorial Staff engaged in organizing this book reads like a who’s who of the West: Mrs. Harold W. Fairbanks was wife of the eminent scientist and expert of geology and geography of the pacific coast. Mrs. Bernard Maybeck was the wife of one the most important architects in American history. Bernard Maybeck was the architect behind The Palace of Fine Arts, built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Mrs. Frederick C. Torrey was the wife of art and antiques dealer, Frederick C. Torrey, an advocate for Modern Art and the man who purchased the Duchamp “Nude” from the famous Armory show in 1913, plus 18 more individuals. Four pages at rear of the book kept blank for “manuscript recipes.” 18 pages of local advertisements including “Save for the Red Cross.” One handwritten recipe for Baked Cod Fish laid in, one piece of ephemera laid in: pamphlet for Cox’s Instant Powdered Gelatin, and news paper clipping of the Daily Cook Book laid in. Pages at rear folded and chipped, not affecting text. Covers heavily rubbed, some chipping with loss at rear tail cover. Interior clean. [BROWN 131] Orig. gray illustrated wraps. Good.