This 1885 volume is one of the two oldest cookbooks published in New Orleans. Many of the recipes, compiled by 18 ladies from the Women's Exchange, are still used in the open-hearth kitchen at the historic Hermann-Grima House in New Orleans' French Quarter. Although over 120 years old, the recipes are still valid and adaptable for modern cooks.
Founded in 1881 to help women in need, the Christian Woman's Exchange has been a vital part of New Orleans throughout its history. Its raison d'etre, then and now, has been to serve the community. Later, the women changed their mission to reflect education and historic preservation. In the 1960s they transformed the Hermann-Grima House from a boarding house into a museum dedicated to illustrating life in the "Golden Age" of New Orleans. In 1996, the organization acquired the home of famed architect James Gallier, Jr. The driving force in organizing the Christian Woman's Exchange was founder and first president Margaret W. Bartlett, who placed several notices in the New Orleans Times-Picayune in the spring of 1881, noting "great desire among many of our best people's to have an efficient organization of ladies, ready and willing to do whatever their hearts and hands may find to do for the encouragement, improvement, and reclamation of their own sex." About forty ladies answered the call on April 1, 1881, and adopted the organizationís platform, which, according to Mrs. Bartlett, could be "indicated by the words encouragement, improvement, and reclamation" and set annual dues of five dollars. In 1885, they published Creole Cookery, whose object was "to provide funds for the purchase or erection of a building to meet the demands of their constantly increasing business." Today, the organization is still active, and several current members are descendants of the original founders. Founders of the Christian Woman's Exchange Loraine W. Allen (Mrs. J. H. Allen) Mary Emma Auzé (Mrs. Theo Auzé) Arthemise Baldwin (Mrs. Albert Baldwin) Margaret W. Bartlett (Mrs. H. W. Bartlett) Clara Bush (Mrs. Reuben G. Bush) Mary R. Cooney Fannie Coupland (Mrs. Theodore V. Coupland) Mary S. Davis (Mrs. Smithson H. Davis Jr.) Virginia Delgado (Mrs. Samuel Delgado) Josephine Ellis Sallie F. Fuhri (Mrs. Konrad Fuhri) Viola A. Given (Mrs. Dickson A. Given, Jr.) Anne H. Green (Mrs. Gilbert H. Green) Bella Holmes (Mrs. Thomas H. Holmes) Maria C. Jennings (Mrs. M.C. Jennings) Rachel C. Juden (Mrs. John R. Juden) Sarah Kells (Mrs. Charles E. Kells) Amanda Nugent Catherine M. Pritchard (Mrs. George Worthington Pritchard) Ida A. Richardson (Mrs. Tobias G. Richardson) Mary S. Roberts (Mrs. Percy Roberts) Emma E. Simpson (Mrs. John W. Simpson) Louisa A. Strong (Mrs. Pascal N. Strong) Ann Jane Wallace (Mrs. J.B. Wallace) Caroline G. Walmsley (Mrs. Robert M. Walsley) Laura P. Wayne (Mrs. Benjamin Wayne) Marie Louise D. Westfeldt (Mrs. Gustave R. Westfeldt) Emily J. Wharton (Mrs. Edward B. Wharton) Mary D. Wing (Mrs. Frederick Wing) Mary A. Wyckoff (Mrs. Abraham N. Wyckoff)
ISBN: 9781589803428 FORMAT: Hardback PUBLISHER: Pelican Publishing DATE: 3/31/2006 STATE: Louisiana IMAGES: 1 PAGES: 256 DIMENSIONS: 5 (w) x 7.5 (h)