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May 12, 2011 09:29 PM

USDA School Lunch Recipes from the 1930's & 40's

USDA School Lunch Recipes from the 1930's & 40's

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USDA School Lunch Recipes - 1936 booklet

USDA School lunches using farm surpluses - 1940 booklet

USDA School Lunch Recipes - Dec 1943 booklet

USDA School Lunch Recipes for 100 - Sep 1946 booklet

USDA School Lunch Recipes for 25 and 50 - Sept 1949 booklet

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  1. What a great find! Many thanks!

    1. That's interesting, particularly because the National School Lunch Program was not an authorized program until 1947 and was a part of the Department of Defense. Ricahrd Nixon moved it to USDA oversight in 1971 or 72

      1. This is really interesting. Thanks for posting this. I'm going to keep looking through the recipes. I found one for hot potato salad that is unlike anything I've ever known and I may just have to try it. I do think I will give a miss to the peanut butter and tomato soup however. And I had never heard of a cabbage sandwich or some of the others listed.

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        1. re: MellieMag

          Peanut butter is better in tomato soup than you might think! I remember my fourth-grade teacher telling our class that she liked to stir a spoonful of pb into her bowl of tomato soup. I tried it and rather liked it ;)

          I love old recipes and cookbooks, I'll have to check out these links.

        2. Butter at every meal! What a great view into our food history. Thanks for posting!