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Tell me about the book.

The First Ladies Cook Book was published by Parents’ Magazine Press in MCMLXIX (1969). Mine comes in a trusty plastic dust jacket with some really excellent gold lettering.

Look at that lettering.

Look at that lettering.

My favorite part of the title page is the Home Economist that they had on staff.

My favorite part of the title page is the Home Economist that they had on staff.

How did you get this book?

This is another one from my Grandma’s basement. She got it from her boss at Mutual Metal. From what I understand, he enjoyed giving his employees all sorts of books — cookbooks, books of poetry, encyclopedias and so on and so forth.

A gift from Mutual Metal.

A gift from Mutual Metal.

What’s the best part of this book?

Unlike the last cookbook I showed you, this book actually has pictures. For example, as you flip through, you can see pictures of all the presidents’ china — which, as a plate nerd, I’m really into. Also, there is a lot of historical information.

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Nixon in happier times.

Nixon in happier times.

Wine Jelly. It's a thing.

Wine Jelly. It’s a thing.

This book also has a bunch of cool pictures of original cookbooks that the first ladies may have used.

This book also has a bunch of cool pictures of original cookbooks that the first ladies may have used.

Can you actually use this book?

That depends. There’s a lot of weird food in here. However, there are also some pretty standard staples. Like, for example, Harry S. Truman’s favorite foods.

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Harry S. Truman is my kind of man.

Harry S. Truman is my kind of man.

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