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WW II Cookbooks

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1LarsonLewisProject
Mar 5, 2007, 1:19pm

Does anyone else here collect WWII cookbooks/cooking ephemera? Do you consult them for recipes?

(X-posted w/ Food History)

2buddy
Mar 7, 2007, 2:22pm

A couple come to mind.

KITCHEN CABINET by Sunset Books
65 years of readers' recipes with recipes and little essays from the thirties on.

THE OLD-TIME BRAND-NAME COOKBOOK: RECIPES, ILLUSTRATIONS AND ADVICE FROM THE EARLY KITCHENS OF AMERICA'S MOST TRUSTED FOOD MAKERS by Bunny Crumpacker

Love this one, great illustrations

Please visit Cookbookers, very active group

3miss_read
Mar 21, 2007, 3:05pm

If I ever change my name, it'll be to Bunny Crumpacker. ;)

4mcglothlen
Apr 25, 2007, 8:40pm

Here's an odd one:

Russian Cook Book for American Homes. War Time Editon Cookbook. It's so pro-Russian, it's almost Marxist. It's not a particularly good book, but it is interesting.

The Book of Mediterranean Cookery by my hero Elizabeth David was a sort of war time cook book. It appeared while the English were still having to cope with rationing. The generally accepted wisdom is that it was so successful precisely because it gave the English cook something to dream about. It's still a dream of a book. I reread it periodically, and I glean something new every time.

5LarsonLewisProject
Apr 25, 2007, 9:42pm

It's great that you have the Russian Cook Book for American Homes. War Time Editon Cookbook as well. It's a super cookbook for diabetics and those on a restricted diet. You kind of have to understand the cookbook in terms of the siege of Leningrad, otherwise it doesnt' make a lot of sense.

I'll have to check out that book by Elizabeth David. I've recently gotten my hands on the Good Housekeeping Cookbook from 1943. One of the problems with wartime cookbooks is that they are printed on such poor, war grade, paper that they literally disintegrate. :(

6bettyjo
Apr 25, 2007, 10:20pm

In Memory's Kitchen was a heartwrenching cookbook. The recipes were remembered by the women who were hungry in Terezin.

7LarsonLewisProject
Apr 25, 2007, 10:35pm

Yes, it is a beautiful and moving book. I didn't mention it along with (l'havdil) the two Grandma's Wartime Cook Book as they are written about and after the war.

8mcglothlen
Apr 27, 2007, 2:26am

The Elizabeth David was also post-war. 1950, in fact. My point was that it proved a balm to the British when normal food supplies were still scarce because of the war.

9jaine9
May 6, 2007, 1:18pm

I have a book called Come into the garden cook by Constance Spry which was written in 1942 which is about growing and cooking vegetables and fruit. I also have A Kitchen Goes to War which is a collection of ration-time recipes from famous people. Mrs Neville Chamberlain provided a recipe for Fish and Leek Pudding with the comment "Men like this dish as well as women." Kitchen Front Recipes and Hints which is a collection of Ambrose Heath's broadcasts published in 1941. I have an interesting book called Good Food by P C B Newington which was published in Malaya in 1947. In the preface Mr Newington writes "Good Food came into being during the period I aws interned in Changi Criminal Prison and Sime Road Camp, Singapore, by the Japanese ... I started in the Changi days by writing down in a note book all the recipes that I could remember and when I was transferred to Sime Road Camp I started a Gourmets Club ... The Club would meet once a week ... and for an hour food was discussed..."

I have to say I have never actually tried any of the recipes.

10LarsonLewisProject
May 9, 2007, 2:57pm

Those all sound so interesting, Jaine9!

11nancybonar
Aug 7, 2009, 1:18pm

I have from WW II submarines one of the wooden boxes containing 900 recipe cards.

Today's boat culinary specialists use computers.

I'm writing the first-ever Navy submarine cookbook for the general public with assist from the Submarine Force master chief culinary specialist.

12sarahemmm
Edited: Aug 7, 2009, 1:49pm

I have my granmother's copy of A Kitchen goes to War, but I'm afraid I really wouldn't want to cook from it!

However, I also have her 1940 Radiation Cookery book, which is a marvellous basic book. I used to refer to it all the time when I was learning to cook - now, not so often :)

Nancy, the submarine book sounds interesting - does cooking have to be done differently underwater?