Do you collect something? Most people do. Seashells, beanie babies, shoes, maybe? I collect old cookbooks and cooking pamphlets. I have hundreds of these little booklets and it is just so fun to page through them. It’s even educational! Like a little walk through history.
Here are a few of my books. You can pick these up very inexpensively at used book sales, antique stores or garage sales. Most of them will not set you back more than a few dollars.
I just love the Settlement cookbooks subtitle, “Way to a Man’s heart.” This cookbook is not the original from 1901, but rather a much-loved 1928 edition. To tell the truth, I prefer the loved copies best. It’s delightful to read another housewives notes and clippings. My copy has a handwritten recipe for Tuna Surprise (yeah, no thanks), and a handful of articles from the local newspaper, including one entitled, “Old-Fashioned Roast Cookery is Unpatriotic” from a 1942 Chicago newspaper! These little articles are valuable to me! As you can see, sometimes the backs are more interesting than the front! Wouldn’t you love to “Dine and Dance” at Chateau D’Jean?
My oldest book is the White House Cookbook, which I inherited from my Aunt. It was her Mother-in-law’s book and started me on my quest for more like it! The book is EXTREMELY fragile and rarely removed from its safe haven. It’s been well-used in its many years of existence. I actually had an American Family cookbook from the same year, but it was even more fragile, so I donated it to the local historical society here in town.
So my idea, what with all these lovely books, is to make a few recipes from some of them and show you how they turned out! I’m looking them over and in the next few days should have some interesting ideas.
My husband is terrified. He’d much rather YOU would
let me feed you!