Famous Recipes Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House Cookbook Review - Collectibility
This review covers Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House in Savannah cookbook. The inn the cookbook surrounds has had many accolades including being named one of the 50 most distinguished restaurants in the US by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Many have referred to Sema Wilkes as the "Julia Child of country cooking." I have sold this book many times over and each time I know my customer is getting value in this great cookbook. It includes all kinds of Southern classics including fried chicken, biscuits and Key Lime Pie.
This is by no means a commercial-style cookbook. There are no photos, there is no fancy paper. The book can be likened to a community fundraising cookbook in terms of design and format. The recipes though are right up my alley...simple and easy to follow. For the most part they require a minimal number of ingredients and are written in simple English, no fancy marketing behind them. This is a truly great Southern-inspired cookbook.
It appears from my research that Sema Wilkes signed many copies of her cookbook. I see a good majority of those currently available online are signed. My own copy too, includes her "Mrs. Wilkes" signature which looks at first glimpse somewhat like the handwriting of a child. Her restaurant and recipes have been reviewed many times over, I figured this would make a perfect collectibility review.
Cookbook Title: A Cook's Tour of San Francisco Cookbook
Author: Sema Wilkes "Mrs. Wilkes"
Format: Hardcover with wire spiral interior (this book has also been published in a softcover spiral bound book. Photo shown is the May 2000 hardcover with wire spiral interior updated printing)
Specialization Categories: Restaurant & Inn Cookbooks, US Local Cookbooks, Southern Cookbooks
Average Price: $10-$15 First Edition First Printing; $6 - $10 Other Printings
Noted Recipes: Wilke's Boarding House Style Biscuits, Fried Chicken, Shrimp Creole, Tuna Corn Chowder, Pecan Whiskey Cake
COOKBOOK COLLECTIBILITY RATINGS RATINGS EXPLAINED
Investment Outlook: 4.0
Final Collectibility Factor: 5.33