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

Antilope May 12, 2011 09:29 PM

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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    foodworthy May 12, 2011 10:02 PM

    What a great find! Many thanks!

    1. DiningDiva May 12, 2011 10:05 PM

      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

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        MellieMag May 14, 2011 03:58 PM

        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
          gimlis1mum May 14, 2011 04:25 PM

          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.

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          reinadetostones May 14, 2011 04:40 PM

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

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