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(New York) Société Culinaire Philanthropique de New York: Souvenir Book 1929.

Replete with photographs as well as ads for food and drink businesses plying the professional culinary trade. 11.5x8", dec. gray wrappers. NY: Société Culinaire Philanthropique de New York, 1928.

The Société was founded in 1865, for French chefs living in New York. At the time, there were 300, and by 1929 there were more than 2,000, working for restaurants, large hotels, etc. The trend before WWI had been that French chefs were all private chefs, and would invite their society celebrity bosses to their annual ball (where they were free to finally cook whatever they wanted). But post-war, most of them found themselves in larger, public kitchens, and with the powerful responsibility of doing their own shopping for their employers. The souvenir book celebrates cooking contests between them, recipes and philosophies of individual chefs, goals of the union, etc. Ads are wonderful, many elegantly designed. Very good condition.




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