Early Cookbooks and Recipes 13 results

Reviews of and recipes from Colonial, American, and Mid-century cookbooks from my own collection. Cookbooks provide insight to how we lived and survived. 

The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook

You probably have concluded that I have an attraction to "old" cookbooks and cookbooks about "old" food. I have always found the cookbooks are one of the best ways to peak into history and learn about the daily life of our ancestors ... certainly of our female ancestors. I picked up this little gem online for not very much money. It arrived today. I am in love!   The book is unique in that it describes foods and menus from the kitchen of aristocratic women of the late 18th ...

How a 1946 ‘The Joy of Cooking’ added to my family tree

My mom and I frequent the antique stores in Murphysboro, Illinois.  We're almost never looking for anything specific ... but almost always find something interesting. On our most recent trek, I found a 1946 edition of The Joy of Cooking that seemed to call to me from the bookshelf.  Have you ever had that feeling? It's really odd. This poor book was on the bottom of a forward facing bookshelf in Sis' Memories.  It caught my eye because it looked forlorn, bandaged together with ...

Blueberry Muffins and the St. Louis World’s Fair

When I was a little girl, portraits of my dad's grandparents and great grandparents hung on the wall outside my bedroom. These are from the early 20th century and earlier ... a time when it wasn't appropriate to smile in photographs like it is today.  These portraits scared the crap out of me! Especially the one of my dad's grandfather, Charles E. Jones (1885-1938). It was like one of those scary movies where the eyes in the portraits follow you around the room. Grandpa Charlie had ...

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays ... and it is, of course, all about the food! Okay, it's not totally about the food.  Our family has a lot to be thankful for and we celebrate that on this holiday by coming together and taking time out just to be with each other. There will be no shopping for us! In actuality, we have two Thanksgivings ... the Thursday holiday will be spent at my house this year with my mom and then we travel over the weekend to MPG's family.   Traditi...

Early American Cookbooks

I must confess, I have an addiction to cookbooks, especially those published in the 19th and early 20th century. I love how they are written - the language is beautiful - and they are so simply done. The recipes and the narrative around them give us a glimpse of what life was like during a time nearly long forgotten. I have many print copies, many reproductions, and a lot on my iPad that I have downloaded ... those are easy to come by if they haven't been reprinted. I spent last week in ...