A Date With A Dish: A Cook Book of American Negro Recipes - Inscribed - Freda De Knight 1948 - Hermitage Press, New York - First Edition Freda De Knight's classic collection of African-American recipes, with her warm inscription, 'Yours for good eating - Freda C De Knight'. Scarce in such fine condition, rare when combined with the inscription.

According to Freda De Knight '
there has long been a need for a non-regional cook book that would contain recipes, menus, and cooking hints from and by Negroes all over America.'

With a foreword by Gertrude Blair, and cartoon-style drawings by S. Lodico.

Freda De Knight studied at the same Parisian cooking school as Julia Child and then brought French haute cuisine into the middle-class African American kitchen’. ‘As a recipe developer for food manufacturers, and food editor for ‘
Ebony Magazine’, De Knight understood the work of the kitchen, and she was familiar with the publishing scene when she undertook the first retelling of black cooks’ lives from a culinary point of view’. In 1962 ‘Date with a Dish’ was reprinted under the title ‘The Ebony Cookbook’. De Knight ‘infused her technical instructions with entertaining vignettes, which she collected while traveling from South Carolina to Michigan to conduct interviews and gather recipes from black chefs, renowned caterers, celebrities, and everyday home cooks’.

Provenance: from the Gastronomy Collection of Olof (Olov) Vilgon [1894-1979], Swedish collector and bibliographer, with his bookplate.
  Provenance: from the Gastronomy Collection of Olof (Olov) Vilgon [1894-1979], Swedish collector and bibliographer, with his bookplate.

References: Cagle & Stafford,
American Books on Food and Drink 213. Mark Knoblauch, Booklist.

Octavo pp. [2] i-vi vii-xiv 1-426 [4].Text is printed entirely in dark brown ink. Publisher's tan cloth printed in reddish-brown; dust jacket of white paper printed in brown, green, and black.
  Condition: Fine, in near fine dust jacket, with minor edgewear and rubbing, 1.5cm closed tear to front panel. Small bookseller's sticker on front pastedown.   Ref: 105949   Price: HK$ 4,500