Very Good. Item #5606
Williamsburg: Blanche Elbert Moncure, 1937. First Edition. Octavo; 87pp. Photo frontis. Printed green paper wraps with yapp edges over staple-bound text block. Edges worn with a number of small tears and chips, as expected, with some fading along edges, a few light waterspots, and a few larger tears and creases. Tear at fore-edge affecting last 35 or so pages, but never involving text. Pages toned but unmarked. Binding is sound.
Collection of recipes (compiled by and added to by Moncure) from an African American woman described by the editor as a "'good and faithful servant' who has lived in the writer's family for over fifty years." The recipes are prefaced with a brief account of how Emma Jane Christian came by her lengthy full name, and of her advice to a bride-to-be. Despite the affectionate remembrances and inclusion of an actual photo of Emma Jane Christian as frontispiece, the text does not manage to evade expected problematic caricatures in its rendering of dialect or the names of a few dishes.