Cross Creek Cookery Vintage Cookbook - 1942
The Cross Creek Cookery vintage cookbook was published in 1942 by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. She was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and wrote Cross Creek, an autobiographical account of her relationships with her neighbors in Florida. This cookbook is a non-traditional cookbook with over 250 recipes, 30 menus and cooking discussion of Cross Creek.
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 230 pages
Copyright: 1942 First Printing (stated "A" on copyright page)
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Description: Cross Creek Cookery is not a cook book in the traditional manner, but it does contain over 250 recipes and some 30 menus for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, and camp dinners. It is, as the title suggests, a mouth-watering, evocative, and charmingly conversational discussion of cooking at Cross Creek. Everyone who read Cross Creek was tantalized by the delectable hints of Mrs. Rawlings' culinary charm. She received countless letters; from housewives, from men in the services, asking for recipes, sending her recipes, or simply expressing their delight in her talk of food. Thus it came about that Mrs. Rawlings was encouraged to enlarge upon this aspect of her Cross Creek life.
She has bound together her recipes by delightful little vignettes in the true Rawlings style. Grandma Traphagen's Sugar Cookies bring a nostalgic memory of the old time cooky jar in the farmhouse kitchen. The recipes for fish and sea foods are prefaced by an amusing tale of a nocturnal hunt for flounders which later, after they had been eaten by Mrs. Rawlings and her maid, were discovered to be electric rays! The simple and homely collard greens recall the "elegant servant" Kellogg, who had a taste for Cosmology -- and found that life at Cross Creek was not all dinner parties and Mallard duck. It often includes hunting for such foods as turtle eggs, to the obvious suspicion of the Yankee soldier on beach patrol.
"Grits;' and "deadly" pecan pie, syllabub, and sweet potato pone, they are all here, but so are steak and kidney pie, and "floating island" Mrs. Rawlings has a fondness for all types of food best expressed in her own words -- "Food imaginatively and lovingly prepared, and eaten in good company, warms the being with something more than mere intake of calories."
Condition: Bookboards and interior pages are in very nice condition. Dust jacket's edges have tears.