1975 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; autographed by Rose Naftalin inside cover with note to original owner "Happy baking"; Full Title: "Grandma Rose's Book Of Sinfully Delicious Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Cheese Cakes, Cake Rolls & Pastries" by Rose Naftalin; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good with minor ageing.
Rich, delicious, beautiful to look at and soul-soothing—that's the sort of baking we all remember about our grandmother's kitchen, or wish we could.
The desserts in this book are the stuff such dreams are made of. There are over two hundred recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, cheese cakes, cake rolls and pastries. All of them are delicious, most of them are high-calorie and unique to one of the most gifted bakers in America.
As a young wife during the Depression, Rose Naftalin began baking for her husband's delicatessen. Eventually "Rose's Food Shoppe" became a famous Midwest restaurant, from its base in Toledo, Ohio. Rose later moved to Portland, Oregon, where, again, her cooking and baking in "Rose's" restaurant became extraordinarily well-known and sought-after in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country. Great boxes of goodies were dispatched weekly to lucky dining rooms from coast to coast.
Why all the fuss? Well, consider a Carrot Torte with an orange and pistachio frosting. Dream of peach cookies that look like heaven-made peaches, whose stones are a celestial concoction of chocolate, nuts and crumbs. Imagine a pumpkin pie set in a praline shell, the textures and tastes an astonishing delight.
Rose says that the beginner as well as the sophisticated baker can learn to make every one of these wonderful pastries—all one needs is the will and fine ingredients. To which one can only add, "And you need this book."
Though there are other dessert cookbooks in the world, there has rarely been one of such personal style, superior quality and warm good feeling.