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Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California via My Instagram

June 20th, 2018 No comments

Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California

Tea Time at Amanda’s, Palm Desert, California

A spot of afternoon tea in the desert. Very nice. 

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June 17th, 2018 No comments

Historical Cooking Books: Metropolitan Cookbook by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (1964)

June 17th, 2018 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books.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


Something a little newer this week, but still probably ancient history to our children. If you are looking for that favorite childhood recipe, maybe you’ll find it here. The graphics are so cute and deeply remind me of my own childhood when this style was particularly in fashion. This edition was from the month and year of my birth, so it probably would have been seen in some family or friend’s house while I was growing up. — Douglas

Metropolitan Cookbook by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (1964)

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Historical Cooking Books: Metropolitan Cookbook by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (1964)

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Metropolitan Life

A INSURANCE COMPANY

(A MUTUAL COMPANY) HOME OFFICE. NEW YORK, SINCE 1668

HEAD OFFICE. SAM FRANCISCO. SINCE l»OI

HEAD OFFICE. OTTAWA. SINCE 1924

OVER 1,000 LOCAL OFFICES IN U.SA AND CANADA

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June 15th, 2018 No comments

Historical Cooking Books: The White House cookbook : a comprehensive cyclopedia of information for the home (1903)

June 10th, 2018 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books.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


Information on all aspects of house holding, including where various cut of meat come from, how they are best used, caring for the sick and much more. — Douglas

The White House cookbook : a comprehensive cyclopedia of information for the home; containing cooking, toilet, and household recipes, menus, dinner-giving, table etiquette, care of the sick, health suggestions, facts worth knowing, etc.

Historical Cooking Books: The White House cookbook : a comprehensive cyclopedia of information for the home (1903)Historical Cooking Books: The White House cookbook : a comprehensive cyclopedia of information for the home (1903)

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In presenting to the public the “White House Cook Book,” the publishers believe they can justly claim that it more fully represents the progress and present perfection of the culinary art than any previous work. In point of authorship, it stands preeminent. Hugo Ziemann was at one time caterer for that Prince Napoleon who was killed while fighting the Zulus in Africa, He was afterwards steward of the famous Hotel Splendide in Paris. Later he conducted the celebrated Brunswick Cafe in New York, and still later he gave to the Hotel Kichelieu, in Chicago, a cuisine which won the applause of even the gourmets of foreign lands. It was here that he laid the famous “ spread ” to which the chiefs of the warring factions of the Kepublican Convention sat down in June, 1888 , and from which they arose with asperities softened, differences harmonized and victory organized.

Mrs. F. L. Gillette is no less proficient and capable, having made a life-long and thorough study of cookery and housekeeping, especially as adapted to the practical wants of average American homes.

The book has been prepared with great care. Every recipe has been tried and tested, and can be relied upon as one of the best of its kind. It is comprehensive, filling completely, it is believed, the requirements of housekeepers of all classes. It embodies several original and commendable features, among which may be mentioned the menus for the holidays and for one week in each month in the year, thus covering all varieties of seasonable foods ; the convenient classification and arrangement of topics ; the simplified method of explanation in preparing an article, in the order of manipulation, thereby enabling the most inexperienced to clearly comprehend it.

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Publication date 1903
Topics Cooking, American
Publisher Akron, Ohio ; New York ; Chicago : Saalfield
Collection leedsuniversitylibrary; ukmhl; medicalheritagelibrary; europeanlibraries
Digitizing sponsor Jisc and Wellcome Library
Contributor University of Leeds Library
Language English

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Historical Cooking Books: Perfect Cooking, I. A. Sheppard & Co.(1890)

June 4th, 2018 Comments off

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


Scrolling through the archive, the artwork on the cover of this book immediately caught my eye. It is a lovely representation of the way cooking had been only a few decades before this pamphlet was published. I thought it would be a guide on cookery of the era, but instead it is a sales brochure for variety of coal fired ranges that were the state-of-the-art technology for turn-of-the-century homes. It is very interesting to look back on the kitchen technology of the past. Sometimes it is only in retrospect that we can truly appreciate what we have today.

Perfect Cooking, I. A. Sheppard & Co.(1890)

Historical Cooking Books: Perfect Cooking, I. A. Sheppard & Co.(1890)Historical Cooking Books: Perfect Cooking, I. A. Sheppard & Co.(1890)

Perfect cooking cannot be had from imperfect cooking apparatus ; and because of the facts stated above, the time is rapidly passing by, if, indeed, it has not already gone, when one form of cooking apparatus could be regarded as M about as good as another,” and when any range that a builder or owner might choose to put into a house would be accepted as satisfac- tory, without further question on the part of purchaser or tenant. “One range is just as good as another,” used to be often said by those who had houses to sell ; and it was sometimes believed by those who were about to buy; but now, tenants and buyers have come to know better; and when they hear that familiar saying, they at once suspect that the range that is so feebly commended must be inferior in quality. They have found out that some ranges are made of better material than others, and are therefore, more durable; that some ranges will carryfire better than others, and, therefore, require less attention ; that some will bake and roast more quickly and per- fectly than others ; that some possess convenient appliances which make them more pleasant to use than others ; and also that some are far superior to others in beauty of design and finish.

More Information About This Book

Publication date c.1890
Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0
Topics kitchens, Division 11, residential kitchen appliances, stoves, ranges
Publisher I. A. Sheppard & Co.
Collection buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary; additional_collections; catalogs
Contributor Canadian Centre for Architecture
Language English

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Backyard Chickens – A Minute in Los Angeles 9 from My Word [Video]

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

Backyard Chickens – A Minute in Los Angeles 9 from My Word [Video]

Backyard Chickens - A Minute in Los Angeles 9 from My Word [Video]

Chickens in LA? Of course. Backyard chickens are very popular in Los Angeles. These ladies, raised by our neighbors, have provided me many a tasty omelet over the last few months.

Music: Life of Riley”” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

 

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Dinner at The New Deal in Magnolia Park, Burbank via My Instagram

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A start to a Friday evening dinner in Magnolia Park via My Instagram

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Chocolate Eclairs via My Instagram

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