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.


  1. That truly is a treasure. Invalid cookery?? That will make good road reading.

  2. Oh Linda how you know my weakness.
    Cooking and cook books!
    My parents read cook books like most people read novels.
    I do the same and my son now has his own pile.
    I love old cookbooks and the wonderful recipes inside.
    I love to read church cookbooks and laugh when someone uses ketchup as the sauce....
    and so much cream cheese....
    I hope you will keep this handy and on the top of the pile for me to sneak a peak at when you are here.
    Keep packing!

  3. PS 18 eggs! I would really have to like someone to use 18 eggs in a cake!
    Hummm the sweet potato tart....

  4. What a treasure! I'm with Meredith, I read cookbooks like others read novels and so did my mom. I can still see her, stretched out on the sofa in the living room reading her church cookbooks. We went to the library Friday and that's all I brought home.
    That cherry pie recipe might be nice with my chicken stew today, yum!

  5. It would be lovely to meet you and Gary! Let me know when and where you will be traveling through Arkansas...

  6. What a gem! And the clipping! I LOVE it!!! :)

  7. Linda you have some real treasures! I love reading how our terminology has changed along with the ingredients. fun. The illustrations are fabulous and that cover color of blue, mmmmm.

  8. Hi Patti, thanks, somehow I knew you'd appreciate this cookbook.

    Hi Meredith, thanks yes, you have a weakness but I seem to have a greater one of collecting.

    18 egs that's an angel food cake isn't it - back then those eggs weren't so bad for you now they are.

    Hi Tracey, thanks, I didn't realize there were church cook books.

    Hi Jewels, thanks, we will be traveling Interstate 40 in about a month, will let you know for sure.

    Hi Donna, thanks, I can't believe it is from 1936, cool.

    Hi Cindy, thanks, yes I can't believe I have this treasure either.

  9. 18 eggs! They were eating heavy at that time isn't it?

    Thanks for following my blog.


  10. Hi Gelisa, thanks, 18 eggs indeed, they must have had their own chickens, even eggs aren't inexpensive nowadays.

  11. Too Funny...well someone thought it was MODERN and would stay that way.... GRIN! It your kiln safely packed away? Do you miss clay already?

  12. Lovely cook book and illustrations. I've always enjoyed those sort of books very much, and they are a wonderful glimpse of domestic history. Mmmm all those cakes, pies, and puddings! Nothing from the supermarket then either!

  13. Hi Mary, thanks, I think the book is still modern, kiln isn't packed yet, it will be last. I have been missing clay all summer long taking care of this place and now that the cooler weather is here I won't be able to work with it. I have a ton of ideas piling up, can't wait to get to a place where I can at least rent a little studio time. Soon.

    Hi Peter, thanks, the book is full of beautiful illustrations. I used to do quite a bit of cooking and that fell by the wayside I hope to make a new life with a more rounded balance in the future.


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