Classic Potato Soup ~1875

Handwritten Potato Soup Recipe from the 1870s. Here's a gem! Discovering handwritten recipes from the past neatly tucked into cookbooks is like taking hold of one end of a silk ribbon, the other end traversing a winding path through time to the hand of the original author. And like that, we, dear reader, are connected... Continue Reading →

On Ghosts and Potatoes ~1895

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 →

Aunt Laura’s Breakfast Potatoes ~1875

Victorian Scalloped Potato Recipe. Aunt Laura's Breakfast Potatoes - part recipe, part glimpse at another life in another era. These are some of my favorite discoveries. I sit contemplating whether Aunt Laura would have been happier born 100 years later, pursuing a high-powered managerial career, eating California fusion cuisine delivered by Blue Apron at the... Continue Reading →

October Menu ~1884

October Menu. Welcome October! Fall is truly here. This month's menu comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book; Or, how to live well and eat wisely every day of the year. This menu is quite the production! From stewed frogs to French fries, there's something for everyone. The poor snipe is featured, again. I'm surprised there... Continue Reading →

Potato Pudding ~1877

Potato Pudding Recipe. Note: 41 ounces is about 2.5 lbs. That's quite a bit of potato! Perfect for leftover mashed potatoes. 4 ounces of butter is 1 stick. Will post this with every intention of coming back to experiment. If it comes out edible, has potential as a gluten free dessert. I just finished watching... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

How to Choose a Potato ~1855

Selecting Potatoes. If, on the contrary.... Wow. This is way more than I ever knew about selecting potatoes. I don't think that I realized there were gradients of flavor or texture. Huh. Learn something every day. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Ice Cream ~1866 Potato Puff... Continue Reading →

Potatoes with Verjuice ~1825

Pommes de Terre au Verjus - French Style Recipe. Here's a very contemporary-looking recipe for potatoes with verjuice. One can never have too many potato dishes in one's back pocket. This particular recipe comes from a cookbook for those of "moderate fortune" - meaning you will find recipes with meat, fish, wine, herbs, sugar, etc.... Continue Reading →

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