This jewel was in my dear Mother-in-laws house which we are cleaning out lately. Melrose is a local plantation that was in its time an "artists colony". The author Clementine Hunter, was freed and lived on the plantation until her death in the 70's. She was a renowned artist famous for her simple renditions of everyday life on a plantation. in her younger day she was the cook in the "big house". The co-author was a family friend to both Mrs. Hunter and the home owner. The reciepts came from her own collection that she frequently made for the house. They are written in basic terms, i.e. 1 big duck or a bunch of collard greens.
This is my newest favorite find.