Recipe Book. Front pages lost so no details of creator or publication. Each section is preceded with a list of recipes and the people who donated them. Some handwritten recipes are handwritten inside the front and back covers. Also contains advertisements for local businesses.
This cookbook was produced for the Ashhurst and Pohangina centennial celebrations. The recipes were provided by members of the community and offer an insight into cooking in pre-1970s rural New Zealand.
The recipes from this book were contributed to the Patriotic Society from around the region. Chapters include food items like biscuits, soups, "made up dishes" and egg dishes, but there are also chapters about beverages, sauces and "miscellaneous" - with entries like homemade floor polish, soap, waterproof dressing and cough mixture. Alongside these recipes, there are many interesting advertisements from the local businesses of Palmerston North. The editor's note says this about the book, "Our aim was to try and give simple, everyday dishes suitable for economical times and as the whole of the profits from the sale of this little book are for Patriotic Funds, we trust the public will be lenient and overlook all deficiencies and help to swell the funds by not only buying a copy, but recommending it to their friends."
A reproduction of Our Own Cookery Book compiled by Mrs J. West for the Ashhurst Town Band Bazaar. The cook book features community submitted recipes (including the names of contributors) and includes many advertisements of local area businesses.