Apple Custard ~1881

Apple Custard Recipe 1881 Simple apple custard recipe. Naturally gluten free. I love that it uses the egg custard base - which is the basically the same recipe for cream custard and bread pudding. Ingredients 6 tart apples A little water for stewing Sprinkled white sugar 8 eggs (I would probably do 4-5 large eggs)... Continue Reading →

October Poem ~1917

Feeling Fall. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Stock ~1855 Gotham Pudding ~1866 Navigating Antique Cookbooks 101

Coffee Monday ~1920

Clear Eyed Businessman. "In every country where the impossible is demanded the American business man is sent for - America's greatest product." I love Yuban adverts. This makes me want to go take on the world. Maybe I'll start by having another cup of coffee, first... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape... 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 →

American Wild Fruits ~1910

List of Seasonal American Wild Fruits. Any regional favorites on this list? Any new ones? I've never heard of the Scarlet Thorn. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Medicinal Preparations And Herbs, Which Every Family Ought To Keep On Hand ~1856/2017 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 Chocolate and a Mysterious Ending ~1856

Defining ‘Appetit’ ~ Late 1800s

The Very Definition of Appetite. This is my kind of dictionary. For your reading pleasure: "Motion and life create in the living body a constant loss of substance, and the human body, which is a most complicated machinery, would soon be unfit for the use if Providence did not provide it with a compensating balance,... Continue Reading →

Rainy Days ~1866

Rainy Day Advice from 1866. For those enduring April Showers - Determine at least to have sunshine in the house, if you cannot have it outside... More Fun Discoveries Chocolate Caramels ~1897 Snowballs for Dessert ~1866 Mulled Wine ~ 1876

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 Orange Salad ~1855 The Art of Pouring Coffee ~1897 Rules for Eating ~1866 Image: Still life with apples, roasted meat and cheeses,... Continue Reading →

L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

L'Eau de la Vie Recipe Poem. If you start at the top of the page, you'll see the actual recipe for L'Eau de la Vie - French for 'Water of Life'. Moving down the page, you see that the author includes a poem from one of the cookbook contributors that embeds the recipe within. Very... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 Art of Pouring Coffee ~1897

The Art of Pouring Coffee As a rule, the guest of honor is offered the first cup, which is the weakest, and the children, if served at all, are given the last and strongest. Okay, then. We'll go with that. This reminds me of those signs in cafes that state: Unattended children will be given... Continue Reading →

How Funny We Feel ~1831

With liver and cheese and wine galore, Is it so strange that we fall on the floor; And when with coffee and cognac we end the meal, Is it strange to remark "how funny we feel." GORDON KING, 1831

Apples Prepared for Nice Pies ~1851

Apple orchards are magical summaries of summer's abundance. In honor of their prolific work, Convivial Supper will be featuring several apple recipes over the next few weeks. Get ready to tuck in! Of course, apple pies are on the top of the list, so here's a great recipe on preparing apples for pies. Note that... Continue Reading →

Mary Was a Baker ~1911

Happy Saturday! May your kitchen be warm and welcoming for all who come and go! More Fun Discoveries Flossie on Hospitality ~1904 Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886 Fried Peaches ~1866 Source: The Day Book, November 6, 1911.

Source: Real Cookery, by Grid. 1893. Cassell Publishing Co. On entrées-The "Messy" entrée-The too rich entrée - The flabby entrée, and why always mashed potatoes as a basis for the "flabby"? I can imagine Grid emphasizing "WHY ALWAYS mashed potatoes..." with utter exasperation here.

Carving presents no difficulties... All displays of exertion or violence are in very bad taste. More Fun Discoveries Beef Stewed (ragoo) ~1866 How to Buy Meat ~1866 Advice on Mushroom Foraging ~1866 Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, E. Hall. (1856).

The Woman Who Laughs ~1889

The trick of always seeing the bright side, or, if the matter has no bright side, of shining up the dark one, is a very important faculty... A warming message for the day. More Delightful Discoveries All Housewives May Add Wines to Their Household Stores ~1856 Dandelion Salad ~1844 Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886 Source: St. Paul... Continue Reading →

Flossie on Hospitality ~1904

Flossie.-Hospitality does not call for elaborate feasts and fine surroundings, but it is well to provide our best, and show our guests by cordial treatment and a desire to please them, that we are glad to have them with us. Be your own dear willing self, and do not strain to imitate those whose means... Continue Reading →

Why all the masquerade I ask?

Why all this masquerade I ask? Are we a parcel of children that we require victuals in the shape of toys? Is it because of the cook's ancient, but silly, privilege to show us they, too, can be painters and sculptors?  No, it is because of our insane desire to dish up everything in some... Continue Reading →

Chocolate and a Mysterious Ending ~1856

Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, E. Hall, 1856. Right after extolling the virtues of Chocolate, and prior to the General Index, we find this mysterious excerpt: Men with unassuming wives never fail. It is the husbands of such women as Mrs. Dash and Lady Brilliant who find themselves face to face with the... Continue Reading →

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