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(Southern - Kentucky) Benedict, Jennie C. The Blue Ribbon Cook Book.


Blue cloth lettered in white. Third Edition. Louisville: Standard Printing, 1904.

Tabbed recipe sections include “Benedictine,” the cucumber sandwich spread the author named after herself. According to Culinate, “Benedict, who was once the most famous caterer in Louisville, Kentucky, and also operated a celebrated tea room and soda fountain, trained with Fannie Farmer at the Boston Cooking School. Five editions of Benedict’s famous cookbook were published…As a creative entrepreneur, Benedict had a significant influence on the local culture and foodways. Her sweet and savory dishes were the stars of many Derby parties, and yet she placed equal emphasis on simple luncheon and dinner recipes to satisfy the needs of home cooks. While her popular dishes graced genteel tables all over the Bluegrass, Benedict’s chicken-salad sandwiches, sold from a pushcart, offered Louisville children the first school lunches in the city.” Rubbing to spine ends; owner’s name to top of front free endpaper & title page, else very good.