First edition of The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight.
Octavo, xi, , 390pp. Blue cloth, title in black on spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, illustrated endpapers, speckled pattern to fore edge and bottom edge, slight wear to corners, a near fine example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $4.95 retail price on front flap, wear to spine and flap folds, faint shelf wear, a near fine example.
Freda DeKnight (1909-1963) was a popular author and editor, working as the first food editor of Ebony magazine. Her cookbook, A Date With A Dish, was first published in 1948, with a recent reissue in 2014. The Ebony Cookbook features a number of recipes from homes across the country, as well as snippets from interviews with celebrities.