Several hundred recipes contributed by readers of the Los Angeles Times as part of a => 1905 series of prize recipe contests in the paper. Written in narrative paragraphs, the recipes are given with their contributors' names and addresses. The front cover touts "Old-Time California, Spanish and Mexican Dishes" and "Recipes of Famous Pioneer Spanish Settlers"; in addition to the 79 recipes for Spanish dishes found in their own section at the front of the volume, there are also less local soups, salads, breads, desserts, eggs, fish, fowl, meat, vegetables, and candies herein, plus menus for picnics and for Easter luncheon. While some of the Spanish dishes may owe more to American fancy than anything else, others are more recognizably authentic ? the Spanish fish stew calls for saffron and oregano (with a note that the oregano or Mexican wild marjoram "can be had at any grocery where Spanish people trade" (p. 4). Among the other Spanish- and Mexican-influenced dishes are enchiladas, Spanish rice, albondigas, Creole shrimp, chiles rellenos, and tamale pie. Affixed to the back free endpaper is a pencilled recipe for mixed pickles. This is the second issue, in a white binding with the price given as 35 cents. 8vo (22.4 cm, 8.8"). 105,  pp. Cagle & Stafford 485; this volume not in Brown, Culinary Americana (see 96 for no. 3); Glozer & Glozer, California in the Kitchen, 173. Publisher's white oilcloth?covered boards, front cover with title information stamped in black, back cover with advertisement for the Times, front free endpaper lacking; binding rubbed and dust-soiled, slightly shaken. Title-page with edge-chipping, one long tear without loss from outer edge and a small hole (the latter two repaired from rear). Some corners dog-eared; scattered mild spotting, pages overall generally clean. => An interesting look at what early 20th-century California women were cooking ? or what they wanted other people to think they were cooking. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Los Angeles Times cook book no. 2. 957 ...
Publisher: Times-Mirror Co. 
Publication Date: 1908
Book Description Times-Mirror Co.; Los Angeles (1908), 1908. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. This 6.25 x 9.25 inch, 105 page hardcover book is the 1908 edition of this title with the white cover and 35 cents showing. This copy is in fair condition with considerable scuffing and soiling to the white cloth covers. The binding is solid. The interior pages are overall in very good condition with only the title page and the three following pages showing a stain at the top and edges. The overall booklet shows its age but the text pages are very good with no markings or damage to the recipes. The back panel of the hard cover touts the 'Land of the Sun, Los Angeles California, the first city in the United States for increase for population and wealth. It is the Capitol of the Land of the Sun.' The back panel write-up concludes with the Times-Mirror Company, Harrison Grey Otis, editor and general manager. 105 pages. Seller Inventory # 1505-739