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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

This Old Cook Book - #1

I decided to share some of my old cookbooks as a weekly or bi-weekly Tuesday feature. Others may join in if they like and please link back up to this post and leave a comment here so others can visit your blog and read about your old cookbook as well.

I decided to pick my "newest" addition to my "old cook book collection; it was a gift from my Mother-in-law. It was her Mother's cookbook so it's something I will cherish always. It's seen a LOT of use and is "battle" worn but that just adds to the "old gals" character.

I've actually posted about this before when I talked about pickled peaches; this was before I knew I was going to get to keep this gem.

Something I really love about the old cookbooks are the advertisements. They are so much fun to read. This little cookbook has one at the front and one at the back...
"Just look at that pan SHINE!"

I can almost see this housewife "speeding" around her house in her dress and half apron; wearing bright red lipstick.

This copy of Rumford Complete Cook Book has a copyright of 1948 and it's FIRST edition came out in 1908 - that is the year my Grandma was born.

"Who would have thunk potatoes have problems?"
After the Preface it  contains a list of "Definitions of Terms Used in Cookery" I know a LOT of young women that couldn't pass that vocabulary test.  AH!!!! POP QUIZ TIME!!!! Here are 6 cooking terms; can you define them? 1. Aspic? 2. Bombe? 3. Farci? 4. Frappe'? 5. Roux? and 6. Salmi ? I'll post the definitions in a day or two for inquiring minds.

And it also contains a Weights and Measurements chart that beats ANYTHING in today's cookbooks..
OK... who knew what 1 gill was equal to? And how many of us would take the time to add 60 drops to anything?

Now just for fun I will flip through and list some of the recipe titles - let me know if you'd like me to share any of them with you here.

1. New York Clam Chowder
2. Planked Whitefish
3.Savory Potatoes
4. Fig Puffs
5. Maple Sauce
and 6. Pecan Sticks.

I hope some find this enjoyable. Next week I pull another treasure from my shelves... yes that is plural.


  1. Great idea! I love old cook books...they are usually really good recipes and don't use 'fancy' ingredients!

  2. Old cookbooks are fascinating! They're snapshots of their time. I have one that was my mother's from her newlywed days-- the Woman's Home Companion, 1949. When I was a teen I made lots of recipes from it. I especially loved the Menus section, for all occasions including such exotica as a ladies' luncheon. So many of the menus had a glass of cold tomato juice as the starter. The nutrition section talks about Vitamin G. (Yes, good old Vitamin G, before they realized it was one of the B vitamins!)


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