Recipes Out of Bilibid collected by Col. Halstead C Fowler, Compiled by Dorothy Wagner. George W. Stewart, Publisher, Inc. (1946). Paragraph long inscription by Dorothy Wagner on first blank page, as I read it: "To Elsa,/ Without whose encouragement/ and mentoring(?), skillful/ help I could not have/ undertaken, much less/ completed, this book./ Dorothy Wagner/ San Francisco,/ Nov. 8, 1946." Hardcover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Tattered with some pieces missing. Not price-clipped. BOOK: Quite legible gilt lettering on spine. Moderate cover edge wear. Light dust soiling to the top of page block. A bit of soiling inside the nfront cover. Edges of pages are slightly browned. No other previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. GF16a
"When my nephew, Chick Fowler, sailed for Manila in October, 1941, he carried with him a vast deal of luggage...When he returned...forty months later, all his possessions were insufficient to fill a musette bag...contained the few letters the Japanese had permitted him to recieve. He had split the envelopes and used their inner sides to write in crowded pencil lines the recipes for unusual dishes that he had collected from his fellow prisoners of war....No matter how the conversation began it always turned to food...the prisoners had once relished and were determined to enjoy again." from the foward to the book.
"During World War II and the occupation of the Philippines by Japan, Old Bilibid and New Bilibid Prisons were used as Prisoner of War (POW) camps, hospitals for POWs, and transit centers for POWs being transferred to other locations, primarily to Japan." - Wikipedia
In addition to recipes, the book tells the background of many of the originators of the recipes.