The Charm Kitchen Cookbook First Printing 1948 Signed

  • $79.00


 A Rare and Signed Cookbook with a Very Interesting Story!  

This is the "Charm Kitchen Cook Book" by Edythe Fern Melrose,
better known to old time Detroiters as WXYZ's "Lady of Charm."

   The book is in excellent condition and is the first printing 1948 edition.  It is Spiral Bound and has very little wear or use. It is hand signed "Good Eating The Lady of Charm" by the Lady of Charm herself, Edythe Fern Melrose.

• In the 1930s, Melrose managed Detroit radio station WJLB.
She then moved to WXYZ radio, when she created her "Lady of Charm"
persona, dispensing recipes, fashion tips and household hints.

Melrose's philosophy was "A woman's charm depends upon three things:
how she acts, how she looks and how she cooks."

On WXYZ-TV her show aired from her home in St. Clair Shores,
the "House O' Charm," which was built and beautifully
furnished courtesy of her sponsors. In 1952 she earned $100,000.

Most of the recipes in the book are so unhealthy that it hardens
your arteries just reading them. One calls for a veal heart stuffed
with buttered bread crumbs and seared in hot fat. Yum!

At WXYZ you had to refer to her as "Lady of Charm."
She wouldn't answer to Edythe or Mrs. Melrose.

Her kitchen assistant was Gretchan, her daughter in law.

In the mid '60s, Melrose tripped on a cable at WXYZ, injuring her leg.
She sued the station and in 1976 received a judgment of nearly
one million dollars. She died three weeks later.

Lily Tomlin, a Detroit native, based her
"Tasteful Lady" character on Melrose.

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