"The Brown Derby Cookbook"


A Hollywood movie entrepreneur decided to open a coffee shop on Wilshire Boulevard, inspired by the whimsical architecture then popular in Los Angeles and by the shape of the hat worn by visiting New York governor and the Democrat's 1928 presidential candidate Al Smith. Encouraged by the restaurant's success with L.A.'s movie colony, another Brown Derby was planned. On February 14, 1929, The Hollywood Brown Derby opened in a building specially designed for Cecil B. DeMille near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, though that building was not shaped like a hat. It soon attracted a sizeable following from the city's burgeoning movie industry. Stars received fan mail addressed simply to "The Brown Derby, Hollywood & Vine". For many years, the formidable gossip columnists, Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, both made the Brown Derby their "semi-official" headquarters, the first restaurant to provide telephones at tableside. Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard in booth #5 and she accepted.

The single greatest legacy recipe of the Brown Derby is the Cobb Salad. It was invented by and named after owner Bob Cobb who raided the fridge late one night at the restaurant and chopped up some left-overs for his dinner. Some of his Hollywood friends, including Jack Warner, Sid Grauman, Wilson Mizner, and Gene Fowler stopped by the restaurant that night and, curious about Bob's creation, joined him. They then began to ask for it on later visits, and the rest was history. The Cobb Salad recipe, along with over 500 other original recipes from the legendary Brown Derby, are offered in the rare 1949 First Edition of The Brown Derby Cookbook by Robert H. Cobb.

"The Brown Derby Cookbook"
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