“An Unusual Cookery Book”. The Wine and Food Cookery Book. Embodying recipes for Lovers of Good Dishes. Melbourne” Arrow Printery, [nd, 1938]. Authorised by J.J. Liston, Campaign Director. Pamphlet, soft illustrated wraps, 32pp.
Very Good. Some minor soiling to edges, bottom corners slightly creased, light mark to centre of cover, occasional stains and marks throughout.
John James Liston was an Irish immigrant to Australia who in 1901 by the time he was twenty-nine had become the youngest mayor in Victoria. By 1906 he was licensee of the Customs House Hotel and that year was appointed secretary of the Liquor Trades’ Defence Union, based in Melbourne. A larger than life character in 1938 he led ‘the wets’ to victory in the ‘no licence’ referenda. The ‘unusual cookery book’ is filled with wine and sherry soaked recipes – not to mention beer and other liqueurs.
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