Entertaining quotes from the 19th Century Mrs. Corwen's cookery book. "One who is not a good judge of fish, had better not trust to their own choice, but deal with those on whose word they can rely."
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 →
10 fun quotes from Alexis Soyer's "Shilling Cookery for the People". The morals of a people greatly depend on their food.
What Victor Hugo Says about Eggs. Victor Hugo was accustomed to say that there were few things more inherently equivocal than an egg, and that he never broke the shell of one without a dim apprehension that the unexpected might suddenly make its appearance. Source: The Thorough Good Cook, 1895. More Fun Discoveries from Antique... Continue Reading →
Cooking with Potatoes in the 1800s. Madame de Stael said that she did not believe in ghosts, but that she was afraid of them. Not much more paradoxical is it, I hope, for me to say that, although I do not believe in potatoes, I recognise their great value in the alimentation of humanity. The... Continue Reading →
Victorian Mistletoe Poem. With her defiant air she sits beneath the chandelier; There hangs a spray of mistletoe, but still she shows no fear. Who wants to kiss his sweetheart when her brother's standing near? More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Plain and Elaborate Christmas Dinners ~1904 Holiday Beverages ~1902 A Christmas Party ~1866
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 →
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
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 →
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 →
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
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 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
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 →
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 →
How to Buy Vegetables and Fruit, 1866. Miss Corson provides pages of details on buying meat (with graphics), and two dainty paragraphs on fruits and vegetables. This entry speaks to me as I follow the recent outcry on food waste in the US. I am particularly guilty of buying fruits and vegetables and not eating... Continue Reading →
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 →
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
Pouring Coffee as Art. 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 an... Continue Reading →
The Art of Domestic Economy. Cooking is become an art, a noble science. ~Burton More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Victorian Picnic Menu ~1880 The Flabby Entrée ~1893 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886
Merriment Poem by Gordon King. 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 More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks How to Drink Milk ~1897... Continue Reading →
Happy Saturday! More Fun Discoveries Eggs in Tomato Cups ~1913 Dine we must ~1880 Navigating Antique Cookbooks 101
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 →
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 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.-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 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 →
A warm Easter greetings! May you have "delighted little folks" to brighten up the day! In no particular order, we have: An Easter bunny ice cream advertisement - 1917 Examples of various Easter-themed ice cream (same company) - 1919 A gaggle of girls beckoning to a giant Easter bunny (The girl in the back is... Continue Reading →
Grid, our cookbook authoress extraordinaire, has something of a way with words. Her slightly condescending, while equally imploring tone conveys a wonderful sense of character, especially given that it was 1893. I have no idea how she managed to get her cookbook published. Check out these delightful chapter descriptions: My favorites: It's important to be... Continue Reading →
What sage advice for the beginning cook! "Your larder is so bounteously filled with good things of all kinds that you may succeed with only a moderate mount of judgement and care on your part in putting a good dinner before your friends..." And... "I hope the very few principles I attempt to lay down... Continue Reading →
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 →
The great aim of all cooking is to retain all the valuable elements of 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. ~ New England Cook Book, 1905 Discover More.
Source: Real Cookery, by Grid. 1893. Cassell Publishing Co. "While I condemn as a rule things out of season, whether fruit or vegetables (and I must say immature fruit gives very little pleasure or profit to anybody except the greengrocer), while I urge you to have vegetables only when in season, I must confess to... Continue Reading →