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Posts from ‘August, 2009’

Miss Leslie’s Secrets: My First Real Failure

sunderlands or jelly puffs

I first learned of Miss Eliza Leslie when I was in graduate school, doing some research on American 19th century etiquette guides. Miss Leslie had written a popular one, full of advice on matters such as dining at table, writing letters, paying visits, and navigating crowded sidewalks. In one section about proper [...]

Pasta Recipes & Techniques: Gnocchi is Nummy

gnocchi di patate (potato gnocchi), sugo di pomodoro fresco (fresh tomato sauce)

Pasta Recipes & Techniques is a gorgeously illustrated cookbook from the Cooking Club of America, which is a membership organization that seems to be a very efficient way to sell you things. As with so many items in my collection, I got this through [...]

Mediterranean Fresh: Bowls Full of Goodness

Greek country salad, peach and tomato salad, oregano garlic vinaigrette, citrus and black pepper dressing
Mediterranean Fresh is a collection of one-plate salad meals, plus a variety of dressings. The book is full of lovely, fresh offerings: green salads with sauteed mushrooms or poached eggs, parsley salad with tahini, roasted red pepper salads, figs with almonds [...]

Three Bowl Cookbook: Enlightened Cooking From Zen Buddhists

quinoa tabbouleh, sweet sauteed cherry tomatoes, basil hummus

Three Bowl Cookbook is a collection of recipes from the Zen Mountain Center in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California. The book places the recipes in the context of a Zen Buddhist lifestyle, which can be pursued through devotion to a monastic life or by simple focused [...]

Smoothies: Green Fruity Goodness

kiwi kiss
I used the follow-up volume, Super Smoothies, in July, and now am turning to Smoothies. I don’t know why I took them in reverse order — some last-minute juggling of cookbooks, no doubt. This slim volume offers 50 fresh and drinkable recipes, on pages that are mostly readable. A book designer got a little [...]

1946 Modern Homemaker: Prosperity Through Home Canning

peach jam
Modern Homemaker appears to be a magazine* from Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp. (now owned by Ball), so it’s not too surprising that it devotes most of its attention to home canning. On an introductory page, editor Zella Hale Weyant notes that while the war and its demands for food rationing and shared sacrifice have [...]

500 Delicious Salads: Well, Two, at Any Rate

pear salad with ginger cheese; supper salad bowl
500 Delicious Salads is the second of three of these pamphlets I have that date from about 1940 and offer rather fewer recipes than advertised. Last month we tried out 500 Tasty Sandwich Recipes, and they were not bad. I thought the salad book would offer a lot [...]

No recipe post today, but a response to Pollan

I’ve finally had time to organize my thoughts about Michael Pollan’s NYT essay “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch.” Check it out at Recipes of the Damned.
Tomorrow: Salad.

Health-For-Victory Club Meal Planning Guide: Defeating the Nazis With Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs; bacon-cheese sandwich filling
Health-For-Victory Club Meal Planning Guide is a 1943 pamphlet from the Home Economics Institute of Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio. So it brings together wartime scarcity and rationing with the precepts of early-20th-century home economics, which means a lot of things with white sauce.
In all fairness, the majority of the recipes are [...]

Franks to the Aid of the Party: Private Hot Dog Party

Kitchen Party: Franks with assorted relishes
Franks to the Aid of the Party is a 1950s pamphlet from Swift Premium, intended for teenagers who are planning parties for their friends. Apparently the pamphlet’s writers wanted readers to believe that there could be no better way to make friends, build your popularity and establish your social status [...]