Mammy Lou's Cook Book - SIGNED - Betty Benton Patterson 1931 - Robert M. McBride & Company, New York - First Edition Mammy Lou's cook book had to be written, for Mammy Lou is a composite characterisation of all the negro mammies we have known, loved, and lost awhile.’

Signed by the author, 'Cordially - Betty Benton Patterson' on front endpaper. Patterson was a local Houston food writer, whose collection of recipes for meals from the 'old south', and based on her regular newspaper column, bestowed more recognition on African American cooks than any other cook book writer of the era.

Dedicated to Ida Deberry Wheeler. '
Mammy Lou is a composite characterization of all the Negro Mammies we have known, loved and lost a while.' Head notes to many chapters are in Mammy Lou's African-American dialogue. Ms. Patterson wrote the Tuesday food column in the Houston Chronicle 1930s. Creole cabbage with sausage, Mam Jude's bread dressing, crabmeat souffle, honey pecan pie, cherry pie Roanoke, etc.
  'Thousands of women throughout the South and Southwest know who 'Mammy Lou' is. For years this presumably ancient black mammy has discoursed wisely on cookery, giving delectable recipes in her newspaper column. Now Mammy Lou's creator, Betty Benton Patterson, has emerged from her thin disguise of dialect and written Mammy Lou's Cook Book…’ - The Lewston Daily Sun.

Provenance: from the Gastronomy Collection of Olof (Olov) Vilgon [1894-1979], Swedish collector and bibliographer, with his bookplate.
References: The Lewiston Daily Sun, 1931. Alvarez, '
What's Cookin'?' Houston Press 2008. Sharpless, Cooking in other Womens' Kitchens xxvi.
Octavo, pp. [2] i ix-xiv 307 [5]
  Condition: Very good, rubbing and soiling to boards and spine, lettering faded.   Ref: 105948   Price: HK$ 1,000