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Here we have the 1952 FIRST EDITION Southern classic cookbook, “Culinary Gems From the Kitchens of Old Virginia,” by Irene Lawrence King and published by Dodd, Mead & Company. The print date is 1952, but the recipes themselves are much older, handed down from generations prior. This book has the very best FRIED GREEN TOMATOES recipe I have ever tried!

This hardcover with a photograph of a the cook next to an open hearth would fit in nicely with any African American memorabilia collectibles collection. A noted food library sells this volume for $70.00.

This cookbook -- one of my all-time favorites (of my more than 800 cookbooks!) -- has more than 500 recipes and how to serve them; 224 pages in all.

Book Condition: Very Good except for faint stain on title page top right corner (but not distracting) an faint bluish stains at top right of inside back flap. Paper Dust Jacket Condition: mostly good but with a few tiny tears on front and one 1.5 inch tear on back. This is a solid copy.

This volume contains wonderful Southern recipes and will make a fabulous addition to your collection.

You'll find Fried Tomatoes Supreme (excellent for making fried green tomatoes), how to cook a Virginia ham and how to make your own sausage, Creole souffle, fried eggplant, Southern style sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes with sherry, corn pudding, deviled eggs, corn fritters, fried oysters, soups, bisques, and gumbos, oyster pie, shrimp Creole, imperial crab, lobster "a la Newburgh," soft shell crabs with Virginia ham, scrambled eggs with shad roe, Southern fried chicken oven style, Brunswick stew, cream chicken gravy, chicken pie, chicken croquettes, how to roast or smoke a turkey, turkey stuffing, oyster stuffing, corn bread stuffing, raisin and chestnut stuffing, wild rice, numerous game dishes including quail, woodcock, rabbit, venison, Virginia fried apples with sausage, bacon and greens, Virginia roast pig, glazed apples, mock turtle, and WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

Southern style snap beans, black-eyed peas, wonderful holiday-style salads, buttermilk biscuits, whole wheat muffins, waffles, dumplings, cinnamon rolls, Sally Lunn breads and muffins, Southern spoon bread, hot cross buns, corn dodgers, hush puppies, corn pones, Mammy's corn bread ("A very old receipt from Montgomery County, Virginia), Cracklin' bread, hoe cakes, buckwheat cakes, cheese straws, and MORE!

There's plum pudding, ambrosia, snow balls, rice pudding, baked custard apple dumplings, strawberry shortcake, cream puffs, ice cream, delicious sauces, pound cake, Robert E. Lee layer cake, tipsy cake, angel food cake, devil's food cake, spice cake, numerous cookies and candies including sea foam and candied grapefruit peels, and the PIES!: chess, perfect lemon meringue, Christmas eggnog, coconut cream, chocolate, chocolate cream, caramel, custard, strawberry de luxe, Southern pecan, Granny's pumpkin, sweet potato, butterscotch, cherry, fresh strawberry, green apple pie, mincemeat tarts, fresh rhubarb, blackberry, spiced apricot, raisin nut, and ice cream pie.

AND STILL MORE! You get delicious sandwiches, preserves, jams, jellies, never fail cranberry sauce, chutney, crystallized green tomato slices, home-made mustard, watermelon rind pickle, fruit drinks and punches, including mint julep, eggnog, mulled cider, Thomas Jefferson's apple toddy, fruit punch, syllabub, blackberry cordial ("a VERY old receipt from Rockbridge County, Virginia"), Syllabub, and MUCH, MUCH more.

Plus there is my favorite section -- menu ideas for special occasions -- whole menus from the year 1860 and beyond that are planned out for you, with emphasis on holiday menus.

You'll be all set for family home cooking or entertaining!

This will make a great addition to your Southern or collectibles cookbooks.

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First Edition Classic SOUTHERN Cookbook from the Kitchens of Old Virginia 1952 - valued at over 70 Dollars


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, ink, plastic protective cover
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