Recipes from the South Seas.
Koror, Palau Islands: Printed by the Koror Intermediate School Print Shop, 1954. First Edition. 7" x 8-1/2". , 1 - 55 pp, plus eight plates, all printed recto only. Pinkish-tan wrappers with yapp edges printed in black, post bound with black metal strap; illustrated throughout with b/w linocuts by Tatsuo Adachi. Wrappers edgeworn with a few small losses and chips; short tears to front wrapper at binding strap; light toning. Text clean and bright.
An uncommon cookbook celebrating the food and culture of the Palau Islands, illustrated with cheerful linocuts of foods or scenes from Palauan myths. The recipes include both American-style and authentic Palauan dishes, some of which "are not suitable for reproduction in our kitchens but are added as items of information, as an insight into the types of foods that are served and liked by Palauans." (7) Dishes range from banana bread and cassava rolls to taro soup, small mangrove clam soup and Micronesian pigeon.
In addition to pragmatic tips about preparing each type of food, the recipes contain a wealth of information about Palauan culture, such as this lovely tidbit about the small mangrove clam: "It is found in the mangrove swamps at low tide. Women collect these. They often sink waist high in the mangrove mud. They feel the presence of the clams with their feet and dig for them with their hands."
Hera Ware Owen moved to Micronesia in 1950 with her husband, Robert Owen, who was chief conservationist of the U. S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. She quickly became an advocate for the preservation and protection of Palauan history and culture, founding and acting as director for Palau Museum, the first of its kind in Micronesia.
Scarce. We find four holdings in OCLC.