One from my Personal Collection

Wait for it....

Lol It starts off unassuming, almost dare I say ugly... then KABAM! Pages and pages of God knows how old, amazing, treasured, beautiful recipes. It's an accordian style folder-ledger and I just kept unfolding and unfolding...and then I realized that each page had it's own notepad! I have no idea how many actual recipes are in this gorgeous cookbook, but does it really matter...? It still makes me giddy looking at it!

New Vintage Recipes are Up

I just posted 2 recipes I found written in the back of a copy of The Rumford Cookbook in the "Just Recipes" page. One is for Wockey Cake with a recipe for the frosting, and one for Cranberry Pie just in time for the holidays! Let me know what you think!

Oh Mr Cleve Carney, how I love you...

I LOVE this cookbook! 1927 The Master cake Baker by Cleve Carney. I'll be listing it tomorrow but for now here's some sneak peek pics:)

Look at what I found!

Here's a peek at my findings, soon to be offered of course. I got TONS of great graphic booklets (including 2 early Virginia Roberts yay!) An early Meta Givens and a paperback of Spice Islands, I've only seen Hardcover so I want to do some research on it, should be interesting!

I also came across some patterns for my craftlover fans which I sometimes do, so I'll be posting those as well probably as a group.

Madison's Cookbook Road Trip

Had a great time,
more to come

Madison Here I Come!

Going to Madison today to dig up some lost treasures, stay tuned for pics and updates. Road trips are always fun, if I manage to get there!


Want to learn more about me and collecting vintage cookbooks....and maybe win a free 1941 Household searchlight recipe book? Check out out PrariewindDesigns great blog and read the interview and rules on how to enter!

*New Recipes*

New delicious treats posted in the "Just Recipes" page! Check them out and let me know what you think! Somebody really needs to try out that Peanut Butter Soup recipe and let me know how it turns out, I saw it and thought it sounded very interesting. If I am able to make it I'll let you know what the family thought:)

Kitchens of the 1930's

This post got me to go in a little different direction than the usual pics and writings about just the kitchens of the different eras, I was thinking more about the home life of the 1930's in general. When I hear "1930's", I automatically think about the great depression. I think about having to do without and the overwhelming pressure to feed loved ones with just your creativity and the little food you were able to scrape together. Researching this post though I have realized that there's another side. I learned that the depression to some was a time of cutting back but not neccessarily going without.

"In times of famine, war, and extreme hardship people have been known to eat things they might not consider during "normal" times. According to the food historians, the Great Depression was not such a period. Why? There was an ample, inexpensive food supply. People struggling to make and put food on the table had the option of purchasing lesser grades of meat (chuck instead of sirlion beef), cheaper cuts of animal (heart, brains, feet), and manufactured substitutes (Crisco instead of butter). Folks who needed help were served by private soup kitchens and government programs. These services were in place throughout the country."

You hear the word "soup kitchen" and I automatically think about long lines of starving people waiting desperately for relief from their hunger. But what surprised me was reading that people had a good hearty bowl of soup along with bread and you were even able to go back for seconds and thirds. The hardtimes are only addressed in alot of 1930's cookbooks with "cutting back" and "streatching your dollar" chapters but no shocking ingredient recipes or stories and the same goes for magazine articles and other publications. Some of what I read was that people were "for the most part" playing it safe, as in not eating at fancy gourmet resturants but instead choosing family-type ones, or having coffee and milk over wine but I didn't realize that people were going out to eat all.
"The Depression also changed the way many Americans entertained at home. Except for the upper echelons of society, most families were now maidless, which made grand, formal dinner parties impossible. Instead, hostesses gave luncheons, teas, and cozy Sunday Night Suppers around the chafing dish...The Thirties aslo ushered in an era of women's clubs--whether dedicated to charitable activities, gardening, or the fine art of bridge"--Fashionable Food: Seven Decades of Food Fads, Sylvia Lovegren [Macmillan:New York] 1995 (p. 41-44)

But what about the scary newsreel reports and all of the haunting photos? Writing this post has completely gotten me intrigued, completely confused and wanting to talk to people that have actually been through this difficult time in American history. There seems to be only 2 views, one is how mind-numbingly terrible it was and the other is a "still bad but on a much lesser level". I cant help but wonder what the majority of America was experiencing on an everyday level. I know there are tons of differences(dustbowl,income,etc.) that affect peoples situations during this time but how bad was bad for the majority of people. There're are stories sorrounding my grandmother growing up in the 30's and having to eat lard sandwhiches and getting in big trouble with her father for making a peanut butter butter AND jelly sandwich as a child when she should've made just one or the other. The same lady who now hoards canned goods "just in case". Who better to talk to and get some answers, as thankfully and gratefully she's still with us and wants nothing more to visit and talk! Which gets me thinking about Grandparents and people from past generations in general. Being a huge history fan, what better resource to learn from than the ones that have gone through it first hand and have thier own unique perspective to share, what a precious resource we have and take for granted. Why do we not know more about exactly what it was like? Alot of people from my generation (late 70's:)seem to have a vauge generalization (including me) about the depression era and there's something so sad about that. Why are we not getting all of the normal everyday stories down, while the people that lived through them are still here? Their lives were not like ours today. To the people that lived through 2 world wars and the introduction of CARS, What were your dreams? What were YOUR grandparents days like? How did your parents meet? It's not enough just to have geneology lines drawn, there's stories that go with every single name on your family tree. Know them, write them down! There is DEFFINATLY more to come!
Vintage Cookbooks are for everyone who has ever wanted to bake something special and turned to a modern cookbook and realized they never seem to have all the ingredients at the same time, there're for history lovers that want to feel connected to the past in a way that's missing in history books, there're for the people that love that musty old book smell and laugh at kindle's, they're for people that feel like we as a society have gone a little too far, a tad off course with life and want to get back to the simple and the real, and they're for the people that want to pay homage to all the grandma's and great aunts that did it best!

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