War and Potatoes ~1917

WWI Reference through Potato Recipe.

We return again with Bettina and her unique cookbook A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. The cookbook weaves a narrative of the life of a newly married couple and their social interactions with their neighbors, focusing on household management. Each chapter starts out with a dialog of sorts before transitioning into a series of recipes.

Below we find two references to WWI, which I could only imagine would have dominated everyday life. Rationing didn’t start until 1918; this book came out in 1917. Would the narrative have changed if it were published a year later? I have no idea, but it is interesting to speculate.

On to the story.

Bettina helps her girlfriend learn how to cook:


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Later, we find this excerpt. Bettina’s friend Ruth announces that she and Fred are to be married in the summer:

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Antique cookbooks – history through the dinner table!

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