I now have recipes for Toast, "Cereal Coffee," "Invalid Cookery," "Camp Cookery," "Saccharin Pickles..."
I inherited a copy of The Settlement Cookbook, from 1944. Entertaining myself browsing through it. Sardine Cocktail, anyone? Milk soup? Tutti-Frutti Conserve? There are even "recipes" for how to make dry toast or boil milk.
Do you have an old cookbook with interesting recipes? Have you made anything from it that would today be considered odd?
I work at a used bookstore, and we get in a lot of old community/church cookbooks. Being that it is Kentucky, it's amazing to see what some of the recipes include. There's a lot of small game, a lot of lard, and a lot of butter. :P
One recipe in particular called for 15 squirrels and enough onions and lard to kill a man. I wish I would have kept that one.
Do I ever! I have in my possession the "Ladies Aid Society, Broadway M.E. Church, Indianapolis, IN, Cook Book." It's paid for with ads, all of which list the businesses' phone numbers as "Washington 9665," "Drexel 4551," etc. Late 1920s.
There are plenty of good, practical, old-fashioned recipes (bread pudding, roast chicken, cheese souffle, gingersnaps, chicken salad, yeast breads, stuffed tomatoes, fruit preserves, and the like), but also some real clangers. Turnip cups: hollowed-out turnips, steamed and filled with canned peas. Something called "Salad of the Ancients" which inexplicably calls for the cook to build a chariot out of animal crackers, toothpicks, saltines, and lettuce leaves and then fill with fruit salad and mayonnaise!
Oh, and the "diet" recommendations are hilarious. Who knew horseradish and pickles were fattening! ;) There's also a typhoid died, a diabetic diet (mostly involving oatmeal and egg whites), and extensive instructions on feeding the sick. Skipping over the entire "salads" section which contains one molded gelatin abomination after another (good lord, cherry jello and a halved hardboiled egg inside a half of a green pepper!), I wouldn't hesitate to use most of the recipes.