This section is from the book "Mrs. Rorer's Vegetable Cookery And Meat Substitutes", by Sarah Tyson Rorer. Also available from Amazon: Mrs. Rorer's Vegetable Cookery And Meat Substitutes.......
How To Serve Raw. Trim off the roots nicely. Take off the outside stalks, trimming the root even with the remaining portion; split the head into quarters from the root toward the ends. Throw these into cold water for half an hour; shake dry and serve in a flat celery-dish with cracked ice.
Select the tender white portions of the celery and cut them into lengths of two inches. Slit each piece down about half an inch on both ends; then cross it. Throw the pieces into ice water. If these are properly cut, they will curl until the strips meet in the centre. Fringed celery is nice for garnishing mock chicken, cabbage or celery salad.