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Historical Cooking Books – 45 in a series – New York World’s Fair cook book: the American kitchen (1939) by Crosby Gaige

February 9th, 2020 No comments

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Historical Cooking Books – 45 in a series – New York World’s Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby Gaige

Historical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby GaigeHistorical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby Gaige

Historical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby GaigeHistorical Cooking Books - 45 in a series - New York World's Fair cook book: the American kitchen by Crosby Gaige

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Preface

The association of good food and fairs is traditional in America, its roots going back to the very beginnings of the country to the first live stock fairs held in agricultural communities. At these gatherings of the farming and village gentry there was a seemly display of American food on the hoof, in the raw so to speak. Fine hogs, little lambs that went baa-a, handsome cattle, proud and dignified, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, prize pumpkins, rosy apples, superb cabbages — shown, to be sure, not so much as prospective edibles to the admiring throng gath ered around them, but as examples of what the well-stocked farm should have as starters. Progenitors of a nation’s food supply were these displays. Incidentally some of the best things ever eaten by man were carried to these fairs in the basket lunches of the farm wives and vil lagers of the day.

From crossroads fairs we progressed to county and state fairs, and now in 1939 comes the greatest fair the land has ever known — an inter national exhibition representative of every industry and art in our broad continent and reflecting at the same time the arts and industries of nearly every country of the rest of the world.

Now since the character of our fairs has been expanded so widely there, nevertheless, is still an occasion for food to be discussed in rela tion to such an event. I doubt if there will be many basket lunches carried to the New York World’s Fair of 1939. Certainly there will be no need for such burdens, no matter how savory the contents, be cause to feed the hungry thousands who will attend there are distin guished restaurants set up, staffed and operated by foreign exhibitors, with their native dishes superbly cooked by native chefs. And of course, in addition, there will be many American restaurants on the grounds of the New York fair, not to mention the several thousands of tearooms, restaurants, hotel dining rooms and cafes of Manhattan which always function and which will be especially on their toes to appeal to the vis itors of the fair. Basket luncheons indeed!

Just the same, this occasion calls to mind those old-time baskets over flowing with the delicious simples of our early kitchens. And to those good housewives of bygone days whose arts of the kitchen were the forerunners of our modern cookery, I present my gratitude. No attempt has been made in this collection to present a uniform cook book in the pattern of the standard volumes usually prepared. This is a selection of recipes from the six geographical sections of the United States ; count less delicious dishes had to be omitted from each section, for one reason or another, but it is hoped that the most typical and characteristic dishes of each are included. Or if they are so similar to famous dishes of another state, as is often the case, then to avoid repetition they are omitted and other local favorites stressed.

Here is American cookery from coast to coast, and here, too, are some of the dishes you will eat when you visit the World of Tomorrow as it is depicted by the imagination and engineering and skill of those who planned the New York World’s Fair of 1939.

March 1, 1939.



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Historical Cooking Books – 44 in a series – The London art of cookery and housekeeper’s complete assistant by John Farley (1789)

January 28th, 2020 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 44 in a series –  The London art of cookery and housekeeper’s complete assistant : on a new plan, made plain and easy to the understanding of every housekeeper, cook, and servant in the kingdom : containing proper directions for the choice of all kinds of provisions, instructions for trussing poultry, roasting and boiling all sorts of butchers meat, poultry, game, and fish, baking, broiling and frying sauces for every occasion, soups, broths, stews, and hashes, ragoos and fricassees, made dishes, both plain and elegant, all sorts of pies and puddings, pancakes and fritters, proper instructions for dressing fruits and vegetables, pickling, potting, and preserving, the preparation of hams, tongues, and bacon, to keep garden stuffs and fruits in perfection, the whole art of confectionary, the preparation of sugars, tarts, puffs, and pasties , cakes, custards, jams, and jellies, drying, candying, and preserving fruits, &c. elegant ornaments for entertainments, instructions for carving, necessary articles for sea-faring persons, made wines, cordial waters, and malt liquors : to which is added, an appendix, containing considerations on culinary poisons, directions for making broths, &c. for the sick, a list of things in season in the different months of the year, marketing tables, &c. &c. : embellished with a head of the author, and a bill of fare for every month in the year, elegantly engraved on thirteen copper-plates
by John Farley

by John Farley

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Historical Cooking Books – 43 in a series – Cups and their customs by George Edwin Roberts (1863)

January 19th, 2020 Comments off

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Historical Cooking Books – 43 in a series – Cups and their customs by George Edwin Roberts (1863)

Historical Cooking Books - 43 in a series - Cups and their customs by  George Edwin Roberts (1863)

Historical Cooking Books - 43 in a series - Cups and their customs by  George Edwin Roberts (1863)

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PREPACE.

The principal object of these pages is to furnisli a collection of recipes for the brewing of com- pound drinks, technically termed ” Cups/’ all of which have been selected with the most scrupu- lous attention to the rules of gastronomy, and their virtues tested and approved by repeated trials. These we are inclined to put into type, from a belief that, if they were more generally adopted, it would be the means of getting rid of a great deal of that stereotyped drinking which at present holds sway at the festive boards of England. In doing this, we have endeavoured to simplify the matter as much as possible, adding such hints and remarks as may prove serviceable to the uninitiated, whilst we have discarded a goodly number of modern com- pounds as unpalatable and unscientific. As, in this age of progress, most things are raised to the position of a science, we see no reason why

Bacclianology (if the term please our readers) should not hold a respectable place, and be entitled to its due mead of praise ; so, by way of introduction, we have ventured to take a cursory glance at the customs which have been attached to drinking from the earliest periods to the present time. This, however, we set forth as no elaborate history, but only as an arrange- ment of such scraps as have from time to time fallen in our way, and have helped us to form ideas of the social manners of bygone times.

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Christmas Past – 24 in a series – Successful Farming 1929-12

December 24th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 24 in a series – Successful Farming 1929-12

Christmas Past - 24 in a series - Successful Farming 1929-12



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Christmas Past – 22 in a series – Modern Priscilla 1921-12 by Reginald F. Bolles

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Christmas Past – 22in a series – Modern Priscilla 1921-12 by Reginald F. Bolles

Christmas Past - 22in a series - Modern Priscilla 1921-12 by Reginald F. Bolles

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Christmas Past – 21 in a series – The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902)

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Christmas Past – 21 in a series – The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902)

Christmas Past - 21 in a series - The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902)



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The Man Who Invented Christmas – A Story of Charles Dickens and the Creation of A Christmas Carol

December 21st, 2019 Comments off

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I had been meaning to watch this movie for a long time, but when The Man Who Invented Christmas (IMDB) appeared for free viewing on the Kanopy service (available via the LA Public Library and others) it was a perfect opportunity and time of year to settle in with some coffee and cookies, nurse my Christmas cold and enjoy.

The movie is quite good and you hear some of the best lines in the book as it shows Dickens’ characters helping him create the story. Dickens’ real family and real history also become part of the story as he struggles with his own past and own issues as he writes. The movie stars Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey fame and Christopher Plummer delivers a great performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Man Who Invented Christmas - A Story of Charles Dickens and the Creation of A Christmas Carol

This is the story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay and Achievement in Make-Up at the Canadian Screen Awards.

“A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star


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Christmas Past – 17 in a series – A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall

December 17th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 17 in a series – A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall

Christmas Past - 17 in a series - A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall

Christmas Past - 17 in a series - A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall



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Christmas Past – 16 in a series – Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)

December 16th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 16 in a series – Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)

Christmas Past - 16 in a series - Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)



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Christmas Past – 12 in a series – A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1864)

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Christmas Past – 12 in a series – A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1864)

Christmas Past - 12 in a series - A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1864)

Cover also serves as title page. No page numbers. Book is extremely fragile and most pages are loose-leaf. Text and pictures are printed to page edges.

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