The Wartime Cookbook (1942)


"Nothing Counts But Victory":
The Wartime Cook Book, Edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, 1942

Berolzheimer, Ruth. The Wartime Cook Book. 500 Recipes, Victory Substitutes and Economical Suggestions for Wartime Needs. Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1942.

Octavo. Paper Wrappers.

Lovely edition of a rare title in the World War II Victory Series, featuring dozens of recipes (photographically illustrated) meant to help homemakers cope with rationing while staying healthy and well-fed, in original wrappers. Despite being a middling cook, Ruth Berolzheimer was one of the most influential cookbook editors of the 20th century. She successfully produced cookbooks that featured delicious, affordable food tailored to the mid-century American palate. This staple-bound wartime cookbook (64 pages) includes everything from "thrifty soup" to creative (sometimes too creative) sandwiches. Toning to title page and inner wrapper, likely from a newspaper clipping, interior generally quite nice, only a few very faint spots to rear wrapper. A beautiful copy in near-fine condition.

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