Inscribed first printing of this memoir-cum-cookbook of a WWII fighter pilot who saw combat in the Pacific.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
"This adventure story cookbook mixes the author's world-wide escapades with a concoction of all sorts of romantic and titillating dishes which can be duplicated right in your own kitchen."
Rosbert received the nickname "Tiger" Joe as a pilot, which he carried with him as a proud statement of his WWII service through to the founding of his restaurant, Flying Tiger Joe's. With a gregarious tone, every recipe reflecting some new adventure, the book's enthusiasm gallops along, apparently blind to the problematic appropriation of Chinese imagery by an American soldier who fought "over the skies of China." Reflecting the American dream of soldiers returning home from war to make a life for themselves and their families, this cookbook is an artifact of the bootstrapping vision open to white suburbia in the postwar era.
First edition. (Franklin, NC): (Giant Poplar Press), (1985). 9'' x 6''. Original red cloth lettered in gilt. In original unclipped ($18.95) white dust jacket. Illustrated with black and white line drawings and photographic reproductions. 343,  pages. Inscribed by Rosbert on front free endpaper: "For ___ - with best wishes for Good Cooking! & Great Adventures! 'Tiger' Joe." Light bumping to corners. Faint marginal toning to jacket, but overall quite nice.
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