This 1885 volume is one of the two oldest cookbooks published in New Orleans. Many of the recipes, compiled by 18 ladies from the Womenï¿½s Exchange, are still used in the open-hearth kitchen at the historic Hermann-Grima House in New Orleansï¿½ 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 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, they 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 Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses are committed to research, education, and the preservation of New Orleans' culture.