|from the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega|
The Directory and Cook Book compiled by the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Missouri is unique. It's the first one that I have seen that has "Directory" in the title. Many of these community cookbooks are directories of the recipe contributors and the local businesses who have ads in the cookbook. These cookbooks serve as a "directory of local women." In this case, that statement is completely true since two of the pages have the names and street addresses of the women from the Ladies' Auxiliary of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Missouri.
None of the recipes are attributed in the cookbook. Like many cookbooks of this time period there is a little bit of everything from recipes, to menus and household advice. In this case the advice includes caloric counts for food and what temperatures to cook food when doing "oven cooking." After having done some research on those listed in this cookbook, I would say it dates from 1925 to 1940.
As we bid good-bye to June 2012, consider trying the June Luncheon (#6) this weekend.