Fashions In Foods In Beverly Hills (1929)


by The Book Section, Beverly Hills Woman's Club, first edition, 1929. Pictorial cover hardback, no DJ as issued, 189 pages. This is rare, since it precedes, obviously, the more often offered 1931 reprint.

Here's what Master Chef Jeremiah Tower said about it in his book, What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution: "If there was any doubt what America ate after the fall of American food (post-World War I) and before the (food) revolution, here it is. Carrot ring. Tamale Pie, Goulash, Cottage Cheese Salad, Wakimoli Salad and Divinity. Most of it pretty good, which is why most of the country is still eating it."

There are some movie star contributors -- silent and early talkies -- like Douglas Fairbanks, Jackie Cooper, Joan Crawford, Carol Lombard, Gilbert Roland, etc. Food writer Molly O'Neill reprinted film star Buster Keaton's recipe for Chop Suey in her book, American Food Writing.

Illustrated with wonderful period (mission arts & crafts) woodcuts by Vivian V. Robeson. Pearl-white cover is soiled; pages have yellowed. VG.

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