Classic cookbook from Texico club returns to print

By Michelle Seeber

The Texico Community Activities Organization has reprinted the Texico Women’s Club Cookbook, Vol. 1, which first was published in 1972.
It is being sold for $8 to raise money for playground equipment.
The cookbook is unique, because it contains recipes from daughters, mothers and grandmothers in Texico and the surrounding area. Also, the Texico Women’s Club no longer exists.
“A lot of people who had recipes published in this book have passed on,” said Marcia Levell, 66, who has cookie recipes in the cookbook, along with her mother, LaRue Gughals, who no longer is living. “I can’t tell you how old the recipes went back from my mother.”
Levell said her mother would have been 93 three days ago.
“My daughter’s recipes are in there, too,” she said, “so there are three generations of recipes just from my family.”
Ann Cooper, 67, a former vice president of the Texico Women’s Club, said the entire cookbook makes three volumes.
“In the early 1970s, we did Vol. 1 and raised real good funds for our women’s club,” Cooper said. “It did so good, we did a Vol. 2 and a Vol. 3.”
For the playground equipment this go-round, Cooper said, the Texico Community Activities Organization has sold 110.
“We plan to sell 200,” she said.
The playground equipment the organization hopes to purchase costs $17,000 and includes a slippery slide and climbing gear, she said.
Before the recent sale of the cookbooks, the organizatio raised $6,000 for the cause, Cooper said.
She said the cookbooks are selling well.
“There are probably recipes in there from the 1930s,” Cooper said.
To order a cookbook, call Cooper at 482-9174 or call the Texico Fire Department, the New Spur Restaurant, the Beauty Box or the Citizens Bank branch in Texico.