Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

The Cook's Book

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The wraparound cover is light brown with the title embossed in gold. In the lower left corner has embossed KC Baking Powder in a circle of vines. The back cover has two embossed gold medals above embossed Gold Medal Highest Award Wherever Exhibited. The first page has the title in black lettering outlined in light green on a light blue background and in an ornate green frame. In the center is a color drawing of a can of KC Baking Powder (25¢) flanked by color drawings of a chef on the left and a maid on the right, both carrying trays of desserts. Below the can is a paragraph about the contents of the pamphlet on a light blue background in an ornate green frame. At the bottom is the company name and address and copyright information.The first two pages list the virtues of KC Baking Powder, including "True Height Package," and "Known Cost: The retail price conspicuously printed on the package is a guarantee of fair dealing, recognized and appreciated by the purchaser of KC Baking Powder, 25 Ounces for 25 Cents -- Same Price for Over 35 Years." The next pages describe an Award from the United States Government for Loyalty, Energy and Efficiency during World War I, followed by the company's Guarantee on a scroll with an ornate border. There is an introduction to the "carefully tested" recipes, some of which were written by "the well-known cooking expert," Mrs. Janet McKenzie Hill, editor of "American Cookery." Following the recipes, several of which have color drawings, are Cooking Hints for regulating the heat of an oven, a table of proportions, a chart of equivalent weights and measures and the standard ration of baking powder to flour. Additional copies of this pamphlet could be obtained by mailing in 4¢ in stamps. The last page has three black-and-white photographs of the KC Baking Powder laboratories and the names of the two chemists in charge (Dr. J. Raymond Chittick and Dr. Frederick L. Dunlap). This pamphlet is a gift of Mary L. Ploor, Ph.D., and Edgar Ploor in memory of her mother, Alice M. (Mrs. Paul) Sweetman of Grandville, Michigan.

Donor: Ploor, Mary L. and Edgar in memory of Alice M. Sweetman of Grandville, Mich.

Brand Name: KC Baking Powder

Publisher: Jaques Mfg. Co. (Chicago, Ill.)


48 p.

19.6 x 12.6 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: The Cook's Book. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

illustration of king running with tray of tarts


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