Meet the Author


100 Glorified Recipes was compiled by the Carnation Company though authorship was attributed to Mary Blake. Blake was a pseudonym used by the Carnation Company to promote their condensed milk product through their published recipe books. In the attached image, a constructed picture of Mary Blake has been provided. Blake was the author of these cookbooks beginning in 1923 and, thus, served a vital role in the Carnation Company's advertising campaigns. 100 Glorified Recipes was initially published in 1922; an earlier edition titled 100 Tested Recipes was not attributed to Blake, but was later revised with different recipes and Blake was included as author under the name 100 Favorite Recipes. In 1930s, 100 Glorified Recipes was published with even more new recipes and Blake's name attached to the compilation. This chain of revision, and the book's initial date of creation, explains why many of the cookbook's recipes contain ingredients that were expensive and hard to come in the earlier years of the Great Depression. 


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