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(Southern) Sampson, Emma Speed. Miss Minerva's Cook Book

Illus. with silhouettes by Helen Lorraine. Pictorial red cloth. First Edition. Chicago: Reilly & Lee, [1931].

SIGNED by Sampson on the half-title. The recipes are presented in a narrative style, in stereotypical Southern black dialect -- “ This here vegetable soup air so tasty its own mother wouldn't know it didn't have no meat in it if nobody didn't tell her”. Miss Sampson had moved to Richmond by the time she started writing “Miss Minerva” books, and her books were among the few children’s series books of the period to utilized black people as major figures, even in offensive dialect. Creole stew, jellied tongue, green apple sauce, brown sugar hard sauce, country cornbread, hominy, Queen Ann's curls, poor folks' delight, chitterlings, a green ham, red flannel hash, pigs in the orchard, etc. Bitting p.410. A couple tiny spots to front cover; very faint dampstaining to lower page margins of first half of book, else very good. 

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