Dictionary of Foods: Allarlei through Amilace 1898

Culinary Encyclopedia. Today we look at Allerlei, a German dish with stewed early spring vegetables (I actually think this would make a good name for a '60s love child, all the way to Amilace, or starchy.  This is a fantastic resource for obscure words. I didn't know amaranth was a type of spinach. I posted... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Wisdom: The Art of Cooking

The great aim of all cooking is to retain all the valuable elements of the food, and to put them into such forms as shall awake desire, stimulate digestion, and secure to the eater, in the readiest and most pleasing way, all the nutriment these viands afford.

March ~1917

Poem from Bettina. March is upon us, one of the more challenging months. Here's a short poem from the wonderfully entertaining A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband that expresses all. Weary are we of winter-time fare; Hasten, O Springtime, elusive and arch! Bring us your danties, our cupboards are bare! Pitty us! Starved by... Continue Reading →

Five Food Principles

Framework for an Early Food Pyramid. Or My Plate, they both work. This excerpt comes from the book Practical Cooking and Serving, 1902. As you read through it, you'll notice that the author has a very scientific orientation towards cooking. We're moving into an era when cooking becomes a science to be understood and mastered.... Continue Reading →

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