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Historical Cooking Books: The American woman’s cook book (1939) by Ruth Berolzheimer – 26 in a series

April 16th, 2019 No comments

Archive.org has a host of old cookery books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas


Historical Cooking Books: The American woman’s cook book by Ruth Berolzheimer – 26 in a series

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USE OF RECIPES

To become a good cook requires more than the blind following of a recipe. This is frequently illustrated when several women living in the same community, all using the same recipe, obtain widely differing results. It is the reason so many cooks say, “I had good luck with my cake to-day,” or “I had bad luck with my bread yesterday.” Happily, luck causes neither the success nor the failure of a product. To become a good cook means to gain a knowledge of foods and how they behave, and skill in manipulating them. The recipe by itself, helpful as it is, will not produce a good product; the human being using the recipe must interpret it and must have skill in handling the materials it prescribes.

Some of the lessons which the person desiring to become a good cook should learn are given in the following pages. They will not be learned all at once; but if they are gradually mastered, luck will play a less important part in culinary conversation.

Reviewer: Judith Martin – favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite – December 15, 2009 
Subject: American Woman’s Cook Book (1939)

This is the book my mother lived by when it came to cooking for the family “army” when all 30 of them showed up for the Christmas Eve Party at our house. Her two sisters had this book as well, so they did some of the cooking and baking to keep Mom from having to do all the cooking in her tiny kitchen. And, as for entertaining, this book still has it all when it comes to table settings and where the water and wine glasses have to go
 
Publication date1939
PublisherChicago : Published for Culinary Arts Institute by Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc.
Digitizing sponsorMSN
LanguageEnglish
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Free: Download 15,000+ Free Golden Age Comics from the Digital Comic Museum via Open Culture

April 2nd, 2019 Comments off
Another great, free, archival resource. So good to see this information being made available online for anyone to access! — Douglas
 

The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary alongside high-quality scans.

The site’s moderators and administrators are particularly careful to avoid posting non-public-domain comics (a complicated designation, as described in this forum thread). The resulting archive is devoid of many familiar comic-book characters, like those from Marvel, D.C., or Disney.

On the other hand, because of this restriction, the archive offers an interesting window into the themes of lesser-known comics in the Golden Age—romance, Westerns, combat, crime, supernatural and horror. The covers of the romance comics are great examples of popular art.




Historical Cooking Books: Famous old receipts used a hundred years and more in the kitchens of the North and the South (1908) by Jacqueline Harrison Smith – 25 in a series

March 26th, 2019 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books: Famous old receipts used a hundred years and more in the kitchens of the North and the South (1908) by Jacqueline Harrison Smith – 25 in a series

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INTRODUCTION.

The title of this book by itself conveys so much that any intro- duction to the many good things told in its pages seems superfluous. It certainly should not require any urging to induce all who can to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them.

“One hundred years ago and more” brings before us a delightful period in our country’s history, and recalls the generous, cordial feel- ings which prevailed among our ancestors — that ” open-handed spirit, irank and blythe, of ancient hospitality,” which made the homes of the New World all that a stranger could desire.

We may reconcile ourselves to the passing of ” the fugaceous hospitalities of the snuffbox ” as needing the powdered wig and three- cornered hat to justify them. What a genuine ring there is in the words of Washington, referring to Mount Vernon, when he said : ” T.et the hospitality of the house with respect to the poor be kept up; let no one go hungry away.” And the cordiality of Jefferson while living in Philadelphia is delightfully expressed in a letter to Richard Peters: “Call on me whenever you come to town, and if it should be about the hour of three, I shall rejoice the more. You will find a bad dinner, a good glass of wine, and a host thankful for your favour and desirous of encouraging repetitions of it, wathout number, form, or ceremony.”

It was a time when there was truly that ” hospitality sitting with gladness,” w-hich all the luxuries of the present day cannot supply.

Publication date 1908
Publisher Philadelphia : J. Winston
Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
Language English


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Download 569 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art via Open Culture

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off
More intellectual enrichment for FREE with these museum books. Expand your mind! — Douglas
 
 

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.”

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Historical Cooking Books: Simple Italian cookery (192) by Mabel Earl McGinnis – 24 in a series

February 10th, 2019 Comments off

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Risotto with Ham

Cut into small pieces one ounce of raw ham, fat and lean. Chop up fine a small piece of onion, and put it with the ham into a frying-pan with one-half a table- spoon of butter. Fry slowly until the ham and onions are golden. Then add one-half cup of uncooked rice; when it has cooked for a few minutes, add twice its height of bouillon (or water), salt and pepper, a dash of nutmeg, and mix well and allow it to boil for twenty minutes over a good fire. Then take off the stove, add two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese grated; mix well and serve.


Publication date 1912
Publisher New York and London, Harper & brothers
Digitizing sponsor Sloan Foundation
Language English
 
 
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Historical Cooking Books: Twenty-five cent dinners for families of six (1879) by Corson, Juliet – 23 in a series

January 27th, 2019 Comments off

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PREFACE TO THE REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION.

DURING the time that this little book has been a candidate for public favor, it has attained a success far beyond the expectations of its most sanguine advocates ; and in issuing this revised and enlarged edition the author returns her sincere thanks to both press and public, who have so substantially seconded her efforts for culinary reform. In this edition an additional chapter has been devoted to the preparation of fruit for dessert, withspecial reference to the needs of American housewives. Most American ladies prepare fruit for table use either by canning it, or making it into rich and expensive preserves; while both of these methods are palatable, and available for winter use, the receipts given in the closing chapter will provide a welcome variety for serving fresh fruits at the table, and will tend to increase the healthy consumption of those abundant and excellent domestic productions, while they cannot fail to decrease the deplorable prevalence of that objectionable national compound, the pie. Recent investigations concerning retail prices in different sections of the country confirm the author in the estimate of cost given in this work ; in certain localities some of the articles quoted are more expensive, while others are cheaper ; but the average is about equal.


Publication date 1879
Publisher New York, O. Judd Company
Collection cdlamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Language English
 
 
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Historical Cooking Books: The century cook book, with a new supplement of one hundred receipts of especial excellence by Arnold, Augusta (Foote) (1922, originally 1895) – 22 in a series

January 21st, 2019 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books: The century cook book, with a new supplement of one hundred receipts of especial excellence by Arnold, Augusta (Foote) (1922, originally 1895) – 22 in a series

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WASTEFULNESS

As a rule the family life of America does not represent opulence, yet it has become a familiar saying that a French family could live on what an American family throws away. Again, it is said that in American kitchens half the provisions are spoiled and the” other half wasted. There is no need to-day of being open to such accusations. At small expense a woman can have the benefit of lessons in cooking-schools, and should not be accepted as a cook until she has some knowledge of the duties, and is qualified to bear that name. The gage of a woman’s rank in her profession can be definitely determined by what she wastes or utilizes, and the high wages paid a first-class cook are often saved by the intelligent use she makes of all her materials. Many of her best entr6es are but a combination of odds and ends which another cook would throw away. Her delicious sauce, which gives a very ordinary dish that requisite something which makes it highly esteemed, may be but the blending of many flavors obtained from little scraps.

The waste in foods need be so small as practically to have no waste material ; not a crumb of bread, a grain of sugar, a bit of butter, a scrap of meat or fat, a piece of vegetable or leaf of salad, but can be utilized with profit.


Publication date 1922
Publisher New York, D. Appleton-Century Company
Collection cornellamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
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Language English
 
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Historical Cooking Books: The complete confectioner, pastry-cook, and baker : plain and practical directions for making confectionary and pastry, and for baking (1864) – 21 in a series

January 13th, 2019 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books: The complete confectioner, pastry-cook, and baker : plain and practical directions for making confectionary and pastry, and for baking (1864) – 21 in a series

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PREFACE

TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.

Almost every foreigner who visits this country remarks with astonishment the ahnost universal neglect of that art upon which, more than any thing else, depends the health and comfort of a people ; and by many scientific men have most of the prevalent diseases of this country, especially the dyspepsia, been ascribea to the hurried, crude and unwholesome manner in which our food is prepared ; of latter years, more attention nas been paid to cooking; but the handmaiden of that parent art, confectionary, is still neglected and unknown, yet it is of little less importance than the graver branch referred to. Confectionary is the poetry of epicurism it throws over the heavy enjoyments of the table tht relief of a milder indulgence, and dispenses the delights of a lighter and more harmless gratification of the appetite. The dessert, properly prepared, contributes equally to health and comfort; but “got up” as confectionary too often is, it is not only distasteful to a correct palate, but is deleterious and often actually poisonous.

In introducing to the American public the modes by which the table of hospitality may be enriched andadorned, we have consulted every authority, French or English, within our reach; but the basis of our little work is to be found in Read’s Confectioner, a late London publicationi,

Having for many years been connected with the oldest, most extensive and successful confectionary establishment in the country, we have been enabled to make from our own experience many important modifications and to introduce many additional receipts, particularly m relation to the various articles of luxury which the bounty of our soil and climate render almost exclusivel) American.

The volume has thus been increased in size, and we trust improved in value.

Trusting that our efforts to advance the populai Knowledge of the art which has for many years engaged our attention, may meet with approbation, we present the result of our labours to a candid and indulgent Public.

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.


Publication date 1864
Publisher Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Language English
 
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Historical Cooking Books: Culture and cooking; or, Art in the kitchen by Catherine Owen (1881) – 20 in a series

January 8th, 2019 Comments off

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PREFACE,

This is not a cookery book. It makes no attempt to replace a good one ; it is rather an effort to fill up the gap between you and your household oracle, whether she be one of those exasperating old friends who mad- dened our mother with their yagueness, or the newer and better lights of our own generation, the latest and best of all being a lady as well known for her novels as for her works on domestic economy — one more proof, if proof were needed, of the truth I endearor to set forth — if somewhat tediously forgive me — in this little book : that cooking and cultivation are by no means antagonis- tic. Who does not remember with affectionate admira- tion Charlotte Bronte taking the eyes out of the pota- toes stealthily, for fear of hurting the feelings of her purblind old servant ; or Margaret Fuller shelling peas ?

The chief difficulty, I fancy, with women trying recipes is, that they fail and know not why they fail, and so become discouraged, and this is where I hope to step in. But although this is not a cookery book, insomuch as it does not deal chiefly with recipes, I shall yet give a few ; but only when they are, or I believe them to be, better than those in general use, or good things little known, or supposed to belong to the do- main of a French chef, of which I have introduced a good many. Should I succeed in making things that were obscure before clear to a few women, I shall be as proud as was Mme. de Genlis when she boasts in her Memoirs that she has taught six new dishes to a Ger- man housewife. Six new dishes ! When Brillat-Sava- rin says : ” He who has invented one new dish has done more for the pleasure of mankind than he who has discovered a star.”


Publication date 1881
Publisher New York, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co
Collection cornellamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor usage rights See terms
Language English
 
 
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