When thinking back over my Mom’s cookbook collection, she had a ton of SC First Lady Cookbooks that were published for years as an American Cancer Society fundraiser. I think those started in the 1970’s? Imagine my surprise when, by chance, I saw a listing on eBay for a First Lady Cookbook from my hometown of Florence, SC…from 1939!
How exciting! Now this couldn’t be the same type of First Lady cookbook because the ones my Mom had were meant to be from the governor’s wife, the state’s First Lady. So, where’s this cookbook coming from?
Notice that all the ladies are listed by their husband’s names? I know it was the way things were done back in the day…but I just wish the ladies who ran these organizations (for women) would’ve put their own names on the title page.
The lady listed for the Florence Art Association has the last name Rainwater. My grandmother, a cook, had a client by that name. Every Christmas, my Grandma made chocolate covered peanut butter balls and cheese crisps and delivered them to her very posh home near a park. Throughout my childhood, I got to accompany my Grandma on several of these deliveries. I wonder if this is the same lady?