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Written by:
Edna Lewis, American, 1916 - 2006  Search this
Published by:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., American, founded 1915  Search this
Printed by:
R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company, American, founded 1864  Search this
Illustrated by:
Louisa Jones Waller  Search this
Photograph by:
John T. Hill, American, born 1934  Search this
Designed by:
Virginia Tan  Search this
ink on paper with cardboard and thread
H x W x D (Closed): 8 1/2 × 6 5/8 × 1 1/4 in. (21.6 × 16.8 × 3.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open (on cradle)): 8 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 2 1/4 in. (21.6 × 26.7 × 5.7 cm)
hardcover books
Place printed:
Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
October 1988
A first edition, hardcover book with dust jacket, In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna Lewis. The dust jacket features a full cover image of the author in a market surrounded by different varieties of fruits and vegetables. She is holding a basket in her proper right hand and smelling a yellow pear with her proper left hand. Lewis is wearing a red patterned dress and has her hair pulled back in a bun. At the top of the front dust jacket is a green banner with yellow text with purple detailing that reads [EDNA LEWIS]. Along the right side are yellow call-outs with red and purple text that reads [IN / PURSUIT / OF / FLAVOR / 200 wonderful-tasting / American dishes—old-fashioned / country recipes and new ideas— / along with Edna Lewis's secrets / for getting the best flavor / from the foods available today]. The back of the dust jacket features three endorsements of Lewis’s books and a printed barcode. The front cover of the book is yellow. It features an illustration in dark red ink of the author preparing food on a counter top with some photographs hanging on the wall behind her. The back cover is a continuation of the front cover illustration depicting jugs, containers, and cooking utensils on a countertop. Above the countertop a spice rack on the right and a glass-front cabinet with food items stored inside on the left. The top half of the spine features the author’s name and title of the book above an illustration of a tea cup, saucer and spoon, all in dark red ink. Below the illustration is the publisher’s name [KNOPF] and animal logo in dark red ink. The book has orange endpapers. There are three hundred and twenty-three (323) interior pages that are white with brown type and brown illustrations on most pages.
African American  Search this
Cooking and dining  Search this
Foodways  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1988 Edna Lewis
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