Friday, January 11, 2013

Food Friday: Lobster from Missouri

This Food Friday is from a cookbook I wrote about in June 2012, the Directory and Cook Book. First Baptist Church, Maryville, Missouri. Unlike other community cookbooks, it begins with a list of all the women in the Ladies Auxiliary of the First Baptist Church. Individual recipes are not attributed.

This cookbook is one of the best examples of how community cookbooks are city directories of women. This lists each woman and her street address.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

For today's Food Friday I thought we should start the new year with some lobster. Here's a recipe for Lobster Salad.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

As you can see the recipe is more of a narrative and not in the standard recipe format we are accustomed to.

A look at the entire page that this recipe comes from shows an ad for Maryville Granite Works. Looking at older community cookbooks, it's not unusual to see ads for funeral homes and memorial makers.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega
This is not the only community cookbook that is a Directory and Cook Book, I've seen others online. Do you have one of these examples from your ancestor's community?