A few years ago, I was browsing Powell’s and I came across this beauty of an old cookbook. It’s a 1937 edition of My New Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (1938 printing), complete with many clippings and hand-written recipes. There’s a lot of interesting stuff in there, and it’s fun to try to guess the stories behind the scraps left by the previous owner(s).
I really enjoy their guidelines for balanced meals. I’m sure we’ll all heartily agree that it’s important everyone have at least one pat of butter per day.
A few of the hand-written recipes are written on the back of typewritten script pages. Bartholomew is really a character name I should try to use more!
One of my favorite things was thing brochure for a Gerity dishwasher. Only $39.95! Of course, it’s not exactly like the dishwashers we have today. The title of this post came from this brochure. I’ve linked to bigger versions of these so you can read them more easily if you want.
Of course, it’s a cookbook, so there are lots of recipes. Many of them are pretty normal, and we’ll probably try making a few of them some time just for the heck of it. But there are some that we probably won’t be making. Swedish liver loaf, anyone?
Perhaps some cheese-soup salad? I think I’ll skip it.
If you decide to make any of those, please let me know how it goes.