THE BROWN DERBY COOKBOOK, -over 500 unusual recipes from the staff of the famous Brown Derby restaurants. Published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., garden city, N.Y. 1949, with a Foreword by Robert H. Cobb, President, the Brown Derby Corporations. This is a first edition – 1949 & stated so on the verso of the title page.
The cover is yellow cloth, with the Brown Derby logo impressed in Brown. The inside front and back covers have photographs, in sepia, of all the four Brown Derby Restaurants: Original on Wilshire across from the Ambassador Hotel (in the Derby shape), the Hollywood restaurant on Vine Street, the Los Feliz Branch and the Beverly Hills restaurant. All are shown, but not specifically identified. Sadly None (!) exist anymore, though vestiges of the buildings still exist.
Signature recipes from a Hollywood institution. "The restaurant was a Los Angeles landmark for fifty years and famous for its fine foods, good service and glamorous patrons. The book captures the essence of the Derby. The Hat from the Derby lives sadly atop a shopping center on Wilshire Boulevard; the Hollywood Brown Derby has recently opened again, at that famous corner of Hollywood and Vine."
There are 272 pages, 16 chapters of Recipes, including, “Specialties of the House” (the original World-Famous Cobb Salad, Chile con Carne Brown Derby, Turkey Derby, etc.), As well as whole chapters on Sauces and on Curries. Also, a special essay: “How to Read a Menu”.
Cooking, Recipes, Hollywood History, etc. all in one very hard-to-find piece of Americana!
This very rare book is in good to fair condition. The inside and all pages are clean and fresh: The binding is water stained and has a rip on the heel of the binding. It has its original dust cover, but it (the cover) is in torn and stained condition (see picture).