A cookbook with a brown, wood board cover. The wood board front cover has a carved and painted illustration on the front of a stereotypical "Mammy" figure carrying a turkey on a tray. The figure is depicted in profile, facing the right edge of the cover. She is wearing a white kerchief on her head, a white apron, a red and white plaid dress, and a red neck kerchief with yellow polka dots. Black painted, carved lettering appears centered at the top of the front cover and reads, [Fine / Old Dixie / Recipes] in two (2) fonts. The back wood board cover is blank. The wood board covers are bound together with three (3) green plastic spiral rings at the spine. Inside the wood board cover is a staple bound, blue booklet with the title, [Southern / Cook / Book] printed at the top and the subtitle, [322 Old Dixie Recipes] printed at the bottom. Between the title and subtitle is a black-and-white, hatched, illustration of another stereotypical "Mammy" figure. She is depicted seated, facing the viewer, and she is looking down and smiling. She is holding a large bowl in her lap and she is stirring the contents with a long spoon. At the bottom of the interior cover is a one sentence blurb from the Charlotte, N.C., News. Affixed to the bottom of the title page is a off-white label that reads, [THIS IS ONE OF A SERIES OF ATTRACTIVE / GIFT COOK BOOKS ALL OF WHICH HAVE / HAND DECORATED WOODEN COVERS. ASK YOUR / DEALER FOR OTHER STYLES / A PRODUCT OF THREE MOUNTAINEERS]. There is a handwritten inscription in pencil in the top left corner of the title page that reads [$15.00 / (N.D.) / *[?]]. The interior pages are white with black type and black-and-white illustrations. The cookbook has forty-eight (48) pages.
A 48 page booklet containing various recipes attributed to the cooking traditions of the American South. The front cover bears the title [SOUTHERN / COOK BOOK / Of / Fine Old Dixie Recipes] and the text [322 Fine Tested Recipes / 40 Characteristic Illustrations / 50 Poems and Spirituals]. The cover illustration is of two women and a child standing in a kitchen around a table. The older woman wears a blue dress and white apron and headscarf. She stands behind the table and stirs a mixing bowl. A younger woman in a floral patterned blue and orange dress with matching headscarf stands in front of the table with her hand resting on it, facing the older woman. A young girl with pigtails and an orange quilted dress stands with her back to the viewer and her hands up on the table. A plaque hangs on the wall between the two women and reads [A Good Dinner / Sharpens the Wits / and / Softens the Heart]. The artist's signature is in the lower lefthand corner.
The book itself is divided into 22 different categories: Appetizers, Beverages, Bread and Biscuits, Cakes, Candies, Eggs, Fritters Pancakes Waffles and Mush, Fruit and Vegetables, Icings, Jellies and Jams, Meat, Meat and Poultry Stuffing, Misc. Items, Pies, Potatoes, Poultry, Puddings, Salads and Relishes, Sauces and Dressings, Sea Food, Small Cakes and Cookies, and Soups.
Most pages in the book contain a charcoal pencil illustration in the bottom left or right hand corner. These illustrations are predominantly of men, women, and children performing labors and eating or preparing food with a few landscape vignettes. Often the drawing seems in part to be an illustration of a few lines of song or poem that accompanies it.
Two sections of verse, "De Cote House In De Sky" and "Oh, Elephant, You Shall Be Free!" are printed on the inside of the front and back covers, respectively.