Cook Book for Brides (1947)


First Edition of This Beautiful Post-War Cookbook for New Brides, 1947

Malone, Dorothy. Cook Book for Brides. New York: A.A. Wyn, 1947.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this cookbook of easy recipes, perfect for new wives just learning to cook in the post-World War II era, in the lovely original dust jacket. With the Greatest Generation flocking to marriage in the post-war era, the American ideal transitioned into the nuclear family. The kitchen once again became a center for American life, with many women cast back out of the workforce and encouraged to find utility within the walls of their own homes. Cooking was considered an appropriate and respectable way for women to show off their abilities and take pride in their work. For women who hadn’t learned to cook during the war years, the prospect of preparing tasty, wholesome meals for the next half century could be daunting. Malone’s cookbook attempted to simplify the endeavor, offering easy, manageable meals that even the unskilled new wife could manage. Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with only slightest rubbing and toning. A beautiful copy.