Sunday, October 18, 2009
The Modern Cook Book
Look at the gem I uncovered in my household filing today while I was doing the last of the packing. The Modern Cook Book, with over one thousand recipes, promises hours of good reading and recipes while I am traveling along the back country roads of America. The book was compiled by Mrs. T. J. Kirkpatrick and was published in 1890 by Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick in Springfield, Ohio. Here's what was written on the inside first page with pen and ink.
This book is worth it's weight in gold just for the wonderful illustrations throughout the book which are crisp and very detailed.
I know Meredith would love some of the recipes in this book and I am sure Julia would appreciate the details about life during a simpler time.
Thanksgiving is coming up soon, here's a recipe just for that occasion.
If you happen to get a cold or the flu this winter, just drop me a line, I am sure I can find a helpful recipe from the section on Invalid Cookery.
I am always pleasantly surprised if I find a newspaper clipping inside a used book and today was no exception. I found a clipping of a recipe published in 1936 in the San Francisco Examiner on President's day for a Washington Cake. Now you and I are looking at the clipped recipe 73 years later and we're looking at the The Modern Cook Book, 119 years later.
I've saved the best treasure of moving on a shoestring in The Treasure Bus for last, so be sure to come back in a day or so for that one. I'll need a little help deciphering, especially if you read Japanese. Hope to see you soon.