Oakland: [Peter Maurin Neighborhood House], c. 1969. First edition. 4to, 47 pp, offset printed and saddle-stapled in yellow card wraps. Illustrated with drawings by John Baldwin and Audrey Dejournette.
A cookbook created as a fundraiser for the Peter Maurin Neighborhood House, which had opened in 1963. The recipes are incredible - Toni Tipton-Martin. in her book The Jemima Code, emphasizes the amazing improvisatory nature of the cookbook, much of it the result of necessary economy. The book is also wonderful for the incredible line drawings by John Baldwin and Audrey Dejournette, many of which are street scenes evoking the architecture and street life of West Oakland. Put a little vinegar in your fish fry batter. Tipton-Martin, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, pp. 98-99.
A battered, soiled, heavily creased and stained copy, fair only, but complete and sturdy. Item #25721