Rawalpindi: The Star Press, [c. 1955]. First Edition. Urdu translation by Mr. Manzoor A. Daniel. Original publisher's red quarter cloth over printed boards, with title and publication information to front cover. Light rubbing and minor soiling to edges and mild foxing to endpapers. Internally Near Fine, overall text block clean and complete. With attached bookmark tag advertising the publisher's array of wedding invitations, EID cards, and letterheads for purchase. Comprised of over 200 recipes in both English and Urdu, and containing two laid in contemporary newsclipped recipes, two receipts from the Hassain Khan coal dealer, three handwritten recipe cards for American style dishes, and four loose sheets with handwritten Pakistani style recipes. An exceptional rarity, this first and only edition of this multi-lingual cookery book is the only copy on the market, with OCLC reporting only 4 at institutions.
Produced during the early years of Pakistan's independence, the American-Pakistani Cook Book is an important example of the cultural alliances being formed in the Punjabi region prior to the rise of military dictatorship of Ayub Khan in 1958. For the US it was of critical importance to strengthen Pakistan's relationship to the democratic west rather than the Communist regimes of Russia and the east. The cookery book includes a mixture of traditional American and Pakistani dishes, with clear instructions in both languages, so that the wives of US soldiers and local women could develop common ground founded in "new adventures in the culinary arts." For American women, the cook book "provides a compilation of recipes whose ingredients are readily available in the local markets," so that kitchens are easier to manage while for local women it provides "Urdu, thereby enabling Pakistani cooks to follow the directions more easily." More importantly, the book aims to help women from both cultures share their traditions and participate in cross-cultural transmission. "Many of the recipes are old family favorites which have appeared in menus for generations. We hope that our friends in Pakistan...will find pleasurable satisfaction in these epicurean delights. Representative Pakistani dishes have also been included...this book is, in a sense, a souvenir of Pakistan because for those who will someday return to their home countries it will help them prepare those dishes they enjoyed here." In this sense the Cook Book encourages women on both sides to learn each other's cultures, and to carry those lessons with them in whatever country they land. The good will fostered during this period in Rawalpindi and the Punjab region helped to found a long-standing and strategic diplomatic relationship between the US and Pakistan. Very Good + (Item #2273)