“Cooking Then and Now” cookbook subtitled “Historic Spanish Point.” Published by Gulf Coast Heritage Association in 1993, this is a first edition, first printing, so stated. The cookbook is a plastic-comb spiral bound hard cover measuring 6½ x 9¼ inches with 214 pages. It is in good used condition with some wear to the covers, the pages are clean and unmarked except for a couple that have stains, it looks like something was spilled on them.
In the introduction it is mentioned that Historic Spanish Point had been defined by eating, hence a cookbook centered around that historic site seems appropriate. Fran Newton’s cooking classes have attracted culinary enthusiasts to the 30-acre site by Little Sarasota Bay. It was Fran and her associates who produced this cookbook by testing, retesting and editing the recipes. Historic vignettes divide the cookbook, each with recipes of pertinence. Sections include: Native Americans–Stepping Back in Time; Hispanic Influence; Pioneer Life–The Other Side; Mrs. Potter Palmer and The Oaks; Duchene Lawn/Classic Portal; Urns; Mary’s Chapel; Guptill House; Footbridge; Citrus Packing House; Jungle Walk and the Pergola and Sunken Garden. Contributors are named throughout the cookbook.
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