Koror, Palau Islands: Privately Printed, 1954. 1st. Original wrappers. Personally INSCRIBED by Owen, Director of the Palau Museum. First Edition. 8vo. 55,  pp. Woodcut illustrations by Adachi, Marino and Tatsuo. Covers designed by the author and Adachi. Printed wrappers in very good condition. An uncommon regional cookbook; no copies on the market and only 4 copies located in OCLC.An uncommon cookbook celebrating the food and culture of the Palau Islands, illustrated with cheerful linocuts of foods or scenes from Palauan myths. The recipes include both American-style and authentic Palauan dishes, some of which "are not suitable for reproduction in our kitchens but are added as items of information, as an insight into the types of foods that are served and liked by Palauans." (7) Dishes range from banana bread and cassava rolls to taro soup, small mangrove clam soup and Micronesian pigeon.In addition to pragmatic tips about preparing each type of food, the recipes contain a wealth of information about Palauan culture, such as this lovely tidbit about the small mangrove clam: "It is found in the mangrove swamps at low tide. Women collect these. They often sink waist high in the mangrove mud. They feel the presence of the clams with their feet and dig for them with their hands."Hera Ware Owen moved to Micronesia in 1950 with her husband, Robert Owen, who was chief conservationist of the U. S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. She quickly became an advocate for the preservation and protection of Palauan history and culture, founding and acting as director for Palau Museum, the first of its kind in Micronesia. Item #17605
Includes recipes of personal interest to the author, along with related tips, stories and charming woodcut illustrations.