Elm Creek, Nb. 1937. 166pp., erratically paginated; plus two color plates. Several blank pages interspersed. Original printed limp cloth wrappers, stapled. Light wear and soiling to covers. Contemporary ownership inscription on title page; light wear to contents, a few small edge tears; final leaf torn but intact. Good. Item #1216
An unrecorded community cook book compiled by the Catholic ladies of the tiny village of Elm Creek, Nebraska. Recipes are attributed to their contributors, and consist of numerous desserts, as well as an extensive section on pickles. Highlights include "Jeff Davis Pie," "Tuna Fish Delight," "Porcupine Balls" (which appear to be meatballs with rice baked in), "Mexican Spaghetti," and something called "Dinner in a Dish" which sounds like an early version of Hamburger Helper. In addition to recipes, the running headlines are comprised of different maxims and inspirational sayings, such as "Rule the appetite and temper the tongue." There are also numerous advertisements for local businesses in the region.
We find no record of this work in OCLC, and assume it was published in a very limited number. Elm Creek is located along the Platte River in southcentral Nebraska; at the time, the population was about 700 people, and it is not much larger today. Rare and unusual.