Recipes from the Mountains

Title: Recipes from the Mountains
Subtitle: (All Recipes At Least “100 Years Old”)
Genre: Cookbooks
Publisher: The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Beckley, West Virginia
Year: c. 1965
Pages: 48
Format: Booklet, softcover with stapled binding.
Provenance: Contains an article clipped from the Sunday, September 3, 1967 edition of The Arizona Republic newspaper: “Football Party Guests Go For Hot Chicken Livers.”
From the “Foreward” [sic]: “The recipes and household hints contained in Recipes from the Mountains,’ are reported to be 100 years old or older. Where possible, a brief history of each recipe and the donors [sic] name accompany the entry.”
Dedication: “This book is dedicated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Beckley, W. Va., and to Mrs. Wilson Taylor of Beverly, W. Va., who brought forth the idea for this publication.”
Random Passage: “CIDER APPLE BUTTER. Fill a kettle with cider, boil down to half; put as many apples into kettle as can be kept moist by cider when cooked down to as sweet as you want it. Add more cider if it is too thick before it is done. Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg to taste. If apples are to [sic] sour, add sugar. Submitted by: Rebecca Simmons, Dailey, W. Va.”
Notes: Homespun charity cookbook with dozens of fascinatingly obsolete recipes (broiled squirrel, anyone?).


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