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On the outside, the clothbound book looked innocuous enough. Titled The Candle and The Flame, The Work of George Sylvester Viereck, it appeared to be the work of a once famous, now disgraced German-American poet. But instead of printed lines of verse, the book contained only blank pages.
Beginning in 1921, a New Yorker named Victor Alfred Lyon filled it with recipe after recipe for homemade a…