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SMU's “Joy of Cooking” exhibit at DeGolyer LibraryIn 1883, the Ladies’ Association of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston made history when it compiled the Texas Cook Book. It was the first collection of recipes printed in Texas and the third west of the Mississippi. The Texas Cook Book includes hearty recipes like stuffed veal and calf’s head, but almost half of the recipes are pies, puddings, and “fancy dishes” like charlotte russe, lemon meringue, and chocolate cream drops. There are also several pages dedicated to beverages like scuppernong wine, which takes several months to ferment.The book finishes with “miscellaneous receipts,” a guide similar to what a mom today might send to college with her eighteen-year-old: how to remove black ink from floors; excellent hair wash. A recipe for cough syrup requires…

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