To My Dearest Valentine

Valentine Greetings from the 1800s. Pray, Sweetheart, send me just a line, To say you'll be my Valentine. By Dandelion post I send, This Valentine to my friend, May every flying seedlet be A message of love to thee. The honey dew is on thy lip, Fain would I thee entwine. And draughts of love... Continue Reading →

The New London Cookery ~1827

Frugality. Comfort. Elegance. Title page and frontispiece from the New London Cookery Book. Lovely. And... Numerous Useful Miscellaneous Receipts. Source: New London Cookery, By A Lady, 1827. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks The Farmer’s Wife Introduction ~1780 Summer Luncheon Menu ~1913 Household Finances ~1819  

Articles in Season ~1872

Seasonal January Foods. Welcome January! The local farmers market marches doggedly into the new year. Pale hot house tomatoes, the last of the winter greens, and carrots debut for us loyal shoppers. I'm dreaming of flats of ruby strawberries... We do get lemons. Lovely sunny spheres hinting at the promise of spring. How much longer... Continue Reading →

Ginger Wine Recipe ~1770

How to Make Ginger Wine. Ginger wine is traditionally made from ginger and raisins and first appeared in Britain in the 1740s. The wine can be fortified with brandy or cognac, or even diluted with lemonade. An interesting historical note: There was a widely held belief at the time that ginger wine helped prevent cholera,... Continue Reading →

Sleigh Ride ~1898

Edison's Sleigh Ride Move. A short silent film of sleighs in New York by Edison. A bit off topic from cooking/food/homelife, but it certainly gets one in the mood for the holidays! Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Plain and Elaborate Christmas Dinners ~1904 Cornucopia ~2018 Salted Almonds ~1922

Christmas ~1900

Classic Christmas Print from Puck. Getting into the spirit! Source: Christmas Number, 1900. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Mistletoe ~1898 A Supper in December ~1770 Christmas Turkey ~1855

Folding Napkins ~1872

Victorian Napkin Diagrams. I believe diagrams such as these were arguably the inspiration behind YouTube. #howtofoldcoolnapkins #ThankYouYouTube Source: The new cyclopædia of domestic economy, and practical housekeeper. Adapted to all classes of society and comprising subjects connected with the interests of every family, and five thousand practical receipts and maxims. From the best English, French,... Continue Reading →

Nutmegs

Classic Recipes Baking with Nutmegs. Getting my nutmeg on with seasonal recipes. Picked up this jar from the store the other day and it sparked images of great trade ships with sails full to the wind embarking on multi-year journeys to bring back this fragrant treasure. Nutmeg was a popular spice 150+ years ago, used in... Continue Reading →

A Supper in December ~1770

Georgian Menu and Table Layout. Source: The complete English cook; or, Prudent housewife. Being, a collection of the most general, yet least expensive receipts in every branch of cookery and good housewifery, with directions for roasting, boiling, stewing [etc.] ... together with directions for placing dishes on tables of entertainment: and many other things equally... Continue Reading →

Cornucopia ~2018

Homemade Gifts of Bounty. Quiet day on the homefront today. Spontaneous day off from the CinC allowed me to spend the morning at the DMV and then work on some stuff here and think about the holiday season coming up. I enjoy gifting presents of food and beverage. It's the physical embodiment of nurturing through... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving ~1895

I love this image. Incredibly modern, yet technically still in the Victorian period from 1895. Is it turkey time yet?!? Source: The Chap Book, 1895. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Thanksgiving Dinner ~1866 Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Thanksgiving Pie “The Crown of the Feast”~1866

Breakfast and Yuban Coffee ~1921

Yuban Advertisement. Coffee Monday. You rejoice in its clear, deep amber color as you pour it out and you notice its strength and richness in the cup - such "body" that the cream curls down into it in lazy, wavering spirals. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866 Advice on... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2018

Harvesting Merlot Grapes. No Gym Membership Needed. Harvesting and processing 200 lbs. of grapes is brutal work. Yesterday started at 6:00 am out in what can only be described as an idyllic vineyard setting. Fog gently receding over the rolling hills covered with oaks the occasional cow. The CA wine grape harvest season is in... Continue Reading →

Give Us This Day ~1800

Gastronomic Library Bookplate. Happy Sunday! The household is recovering from the various ailments of man attributable to children and their love of sharing germs, so the blog is a little slow. Here's a lovely bookplate from the Katherine Golden Bitting gastronomy collection at the Library of Congress "Give us this day our daily bread" --... Continue Reading →

Cookery ~1825

Source: The cook's complete guide, on the principles of frugality, comfort, and elegance, 1825. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks The Farmer’s Wife Introduction ~1780 Rice Muffins ~1910 Lightning Tea Cakes ~1917

Coffee Monday ~1920

Three Ways to Filter Coffee. Happy Monday! Wouldn't it be wonderful if that coffee pot on the left was shown to-size with the woman in the center? Ahh... I could handle any Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Five Recipes for Sour Milk ~1917 Caramels and Popcorn ~1908 Rules for Eating ~1866  

Service for Summer Fruits ~1906

1900s Summer Fruit Service. Did you ever wonder how to serve your summer berries? Well, in the berry bowl, of course! Enjoy~ More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Summer Dining ~1897 American Wild Fruits ~1910 How to Make Ice Cream ~1866

Chili Meat 1938

Sunset Chili Recipe. Today's recipe comes from a fun cookbook, a 1938 Sunset Kitchen Cabinet Cook Book. All of the margins include cartoons detailing the steps in the recipe. Here's the one for chili: I always enjoy compilation cookbooks, where the contributors submit recipes and then sign off on the bottom - gives recipes a... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Dated Coffee ~1937

Chase and Sanborn Dated Coffee.   Happy Monday! What, you may ask, is dated coffee? Dated coffee is always delicious and never has that rancid taste. It sounds expensive, yet its extra richness actually costs you less! Start buying rich but inexpensive Chase and Sanborn dated coffee from your grocer tomorrow and enjoy richer Iced... Continue Reading →

Kitchen Woodcut ~1810

And I complain about the dishes at my house! Ha! This is a lovely woodcut. Source: A new system of domestic cookery; formed upon principles of enonomy: and adapted to the use of private families. 1810. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Mutton Chops ~1855 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee Ice Cream ~1866

Improved Stove ~1807

Kitchen Stove Early 1800s. Time for a little I-spy. Can you find: 8 Spoons Lathe Spigot 1 Bucket 6 Oven Areas Anything strike you as interesting in this new and improved stove, circa 1807? Share your thoughts in the comments below! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Curious Effects of Imagination ~1855 Cucumber Recipes ~1897... Continue Reading →

Butchery ~1807

Kitchen Knives, etc. Back to the kitchen for today's post! Saw these and thought the illustrations were fascinating, in a macabre kind of way. I'm familiar with larding needles and meat cleavers, but a cutlet bat is a new one. Additional instruments for the home cook: meat saw, chopping boards, basins, and knives. From a... Continue Reading →

La Ditta R. Petra Wine Co. 1913

San Francisco, CA. The nice thing about having a blog is that you get to indulge whims. Apart from antique cookbooks, I have been known to dabble in wine. Found these images from the L'Italia newspaper, published in San Francisco circa 1913. The newspaper is in Italian, so brush off those conjugations! Judging by the... Continue Reading →

Summer Dining ~1897

Late Victorian Picnic Sketch. Montgomery Ward & co.'s Common sense cookery. 1897 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880 Ice Cream ~1866 Fried Tomatoes ~ 1866  

How To Set The Luncheon Table ~1899

The Victorian Lunch Table. Love the early photography in this one! The directions for setting the luncheon table will not be familiar. Take a look at the picture itself, then the directions below. You'll notice multiple forks and knives. I really like the little tea kettle set-up in the center of the table. When did... Continue Reading →

Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Point Pinos Lighthouse. In the words of a close friend, "the things you can do every day are the things you never do." Point Pinos Lighthouse sits about 1 mile from our home and we finally had the chance to wander over and take a tour. The lighthouse is immaculately preserved and furnished as it would... Continue Reading →

May Flowers ~1899

Just because I had this one in my files and was inspired by the flurry of spectacular hats at the royal wedding... (And deep down I know we're all secretly fanning on Carmen Miranda)... Back to food tomorrow, promise! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Gridirons ~1855 Tomato Butter ~ 1876 (aka Ketchup) Frying Pans,... Continue Reading →

Maypole Tea

Compliments of my mum, touring England at the moment.  Prints are from Blists Victorian Town, part of the Ironbridge Gorge area. The area played a very big role in the Industrial Revolution. The tile mural is from nearby Jackfield Tile Museum. Enjoy!     More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Raw Food Diet ~1900 Domestic... Continue Reading →

Fannie Farmer Kitchen Utensils 1924

Kitchen Utensils 1920s Recognize any of these lovelies? Any surprises? I just can't get over the number of eggbeaters - what was going on in this kitchen?!? More Fun Discoveries Housekeeping Recipe 1913 Potato Omelet ~ 1900 Rules for Eating ~1866

David Copperfield on Cookbooks ~1850

Charles Dickens' David Copperfield on Cooking. Charles Dickens was born on Feb 7, 1812. Here's a great excerpt from David Copperfield, embedded in the 'Common Sense Papers on Cooking' 1877. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Orange Salad ~1855 The Art of Pouring Coffee ~1897 Rules for Eating ~1866 Image: Still life with apples, roasted... Continue Reading →

A Bachelor’s Breakfast

A Bachelor's Breakfast c1894 Love the top hat and ladies peeking in through the door and window! Artist: Ashe, Edmund M. (Edmund Marion), 1867-1941 More Fun Discoveries Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Kisses from 1866 The Well-trained Mary Jane & No Greenery-Yallery ~1893

Tea Party ~1897

Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries Simple Five O’Clock Tea ~1897 Five O’Clock Tea ~1897 Pumpkin Diet Drink ~1885  

Wine and Heaven in 1837

Wine Logic from 1837 - "Of wine may be verified the merry induction, that good wine maketh good blood, good blood causeth good humours, good humours cause good thoughts, good thoughts bring forth good works, good works carry a man to heaven; ergo, good wine carrieth a man to heaven" -Howell Source: The Cook and... Continue Reading →

Victorian Kitchen Gadgets ~1897

Victorian Kitchen Gadgets. Kitchen gadgetry appears to be timeless. Would love the nutmeg holder/grater. What would be on your wish list? Source: Montgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries Pork Butchery ~1856 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Wesson Cooking Oil ~1900

The Kitchen ~1897

We can live without books, we can Live without winning But where is the man who can Live without dining? Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More Fun Discoveries History of Aunt Jemima ~1919 Wine Sangree ~1866 Potato Omelet ~ 1900  

The Housewife ~1897

Housewife, 1897 "You said you weren't going to take out the garbage? I encourage you to reconsider..." Lovely pic. More Fun Discoveries Pork Butchery ~1856 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 Wesson Cooking Oil ~1900

Harder’s Practical American Cookery ~1885

Cover Page. Lovely cover page inset that reflects an interesting blend of Romanticism and Realism. Source: Harder's Practical American Cookery, 1885. More Fun Discoveries Five O’Clock Tea ~1897 Golden Sunshine Cake – 1922 Meets 2017 Teen Dine we must ~1880  

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