This fascinating collection of recipes from the Beverly Hills Womens Club (as Will Rogers says in his foreword, 'yes, they got one'!) appeared in 1931, and quickly ran into three editions, possibly because some of the contributors were megastars of the American film world - Carole Lombard, Clara Bow, and Norma Shearer, to name but three. Not all the recipes were contributed by women, however, and Will Rogers himself offered a recipe for baked ham, specifying the exact product to use - 'Swift's Premium'. Many of the recipes don't bother with specific amounts of ingredients, but leave it to the intrepid cook to discover the best way to achieve the optimum result.. For the historian of culinary development, this would prove a mine of unending fascination.
Our copy was evidently given as a gift, a strong hand inscribing a message in ink on the front fep in 1933. It has suffered somewhat externally, the (originally white, black & grey) covers rather badly stained with red, green, and other markings, and very grubby generally. There are few signs of shelf wear, however, and inside, apart from a particularly noticeable stain at the tops of pp. 113-177, and another (less obvious) at the bottom of pp. 135-177, with a little associated wrinkling of the paper, the pages are otherwise clean with no notation or markings. The binding is generally firm, with a slight weakness at the halfway point (pp. 112-113). The edges of the text block are also slightly stained at top and bottom. The cover design and titles are credited to Vivian V. Robeson.