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PATTERSON, Betty Benton. MAMMY LOU'S COOK BOOK. NY: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1931. Small 8vo., cloth in dust jacket; 307 pages. First Edition- rare. While sounding like a book penned by a black woman, Patterson was a Houston-based food columnist. Before each chapter Patterson supplies a little quip told in the dialect of an old negro woman called "Mammy Lou." The front cover of the dust jacket depicts an "Aunt Jemima" type face. A very popular cook book that is now scarce, even vague ante-bellum recipes are given definite proportions. This title is still sometimes cited in Houston-area cooking articles but obtaining a copy is difficult- for some reason not many copies are around. Rare signed presentation from Patterson on the front endpaper: "With affectionate gratitude to Mrs. J. Garfield 8293- my Super-Safety valve- patient & intelligent, Betty Benton Patterson. [She draws a smiley face and pens "after pouring out to Mrs. J." [She then draws a frowning face] and writes "Before." Then she pens "Selah!" A list of typographical omissions in the text is tipped-in before the title page with "All recipes with omissions are marked (V) in book"- possibly penned in Patterson's hand. The five subsequent pages listed have these "V" marks, also presumably by Patterson. Very Good (contents clean & tight). The rare dust jacket has been adhered to the front and rear covers with each of the flaps still free. I don't know if it was issued this way because I have no copy with which to compare it. There are a few short tears & little rubbing to the dust jacket; $2.50 price still present. Try to find another!

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