Nothing interesting enough to post about has happened lately in my history work, I'm afraid. But I did feel like baking something this afternoon, and picked a molasses cookie recipe out of this 1932 Royal Baking Powder company booklet. They came out very well. The amount of baking powder in the original recipe is correct. … Continue reading Soft Molasses Cookies (1932)
That's Meta Given, author of the two-volume Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking: A modern cook book, complete in every detail, brings the latest developments in home economics into your kitchen for a simpler, better and richer life (J. G. Ferguson and Associates, 1949). Kind of a tall order for a cookbook, but Meta takes it seriously. … Continue reading Meet my new friend, Meta
Courtesy of my friend Kate, who picked up someone's whole life's collection of pamphlets at a tag sale, I now own this vintage 1920s example of routine belittling of non-white Americans and erasure of the unpleasant parts of their history. Well, it was advertising material, yes, but still. I can't imagine 1920s African-American sugar-cane sharecroppers … Continue reading Personal Recipes of Brer Rabbit, 192?
I was paging through the "Choice Recipes" booklet from Walter Baker & Co. the other day and noticed that one page contains three recipes for fudge, named after three different women's colleges. Absolutely fascinating. Are these actually recipes from college cookbooks or yearbooks? I've no idea. They were contributed by someone known as Mrs. Janet … Continue reading Woman’s College Fudge, etc. (1916)
I've been short of time for my regular historical research projects, but I have two large bags of apples and went through my pamphlets in search of recipes. While I was at it, I decided to look into the baking powder question, when has been troubling me since my Davis Baking Powder layer cake came … Continue reading Vintage Cookery and Baking Powder Amounts
That is to say, usage guides and recipes provided by refrigerator manufacturers. Our first item is from 1933: "Cooking With Cold" by the Kelvin Kitchen section of Kelvinator Sales Corporation of Detroit, Michigan. It's a beautifully designed booklet in what must have been called the "Modern" style (notice the ice cubes in the yellow circle … Continue reading 3 Chilling Vintage Cookery Pamphlets