Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1926. First edition of the author’s first work, which she published shortly before opening her fifth coffeeshop. Offsetting from covers to inside of dust jacket. Light toning to leaves at gutter, but otherwise clean throughout. A very good, bright copy in a very good original dust jacket. Publisher’s cloth attractively painted with floral pattern in red, blue, green, black, silver, and gold. Yellow labels on spine and front cover, printed in purple. Purple cloth spine. In the original yellow dustjacket, printed in purple, with chipping to spine. Octavo. 115 pp. Item #16952
Alice Foote MacDougall (1867 – 1945) opened her own coffee roasting business in 1907 after the bankruptcy and death of her husband. In the late 1920s, she signed a long term one million dollar lease for her fifth coffee house; by the early 1930s, she owned and operated nine restaurants in Manhattan. In the present work, MacDougall shares her recipes and tips for hosting guests, developed over years of business management. She also published The Autobiography of a Business Woman (1928), The Secret of Successful Restaurants (1929), and Alice Foote MacDougall’s Cook Book (1935), the last of which she published after having gone bankrupt during the Depression. The book focused on frugal recipes and techniques for saving and stretching food.
Despite her active role in business, MacDougall was also a staunch anti-suffragist who believed that most women should remain in the home and not pursue commercial ventures.