Famous Recipes, from Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House in Historic Savannah


Famous Recipes, from Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House in Historic Savannah, 1976. This book contains articles about the Boarding House as well as recipes for all kinds of Southern food. The name of the individual dishes are set in the center with the instructions/directions set in justified alignment. The typeface for the sectional headings are highly stylized. All typefaces are serifs and the body copy text look similar to a typewriter style. There is a clear structure and grid so everything looks really neat and organized. There is only a few illustrations of different, specific ingredients or dishes and the style is really simple, to match the text.

In 1943, Sema Wilkes took over a boarding house in historic downtown Savannah to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and Southern home cooking served family style in the dining room. Her reputation was strong so her business started off busy but grew even larger after multiple magazine coverages. The book is described to be similar to that of a community fundraising cookbook in terms of design and format. The recipes are easy to follow, require minimal number of ingredients, and are written in simple English for everyone to understand.