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Jan 22, 2013 01:24 PM

Heritage Cooking (Old Recipes)

Looking for good resources for historic recipes. Any ideas? I collect community cookbooks from places I've visited and towns my ancestors lived in. Always looking for something new to add.

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  1. Cooking from Quilt Country has many vintage recipes, based on Amish cooking.

    1. like you I collect old community cookbooks from around the universe :)
      my favorites are women's club, chamber of commerce, rotary club, church fund raisers, etc.

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      1. re: iL Divo

        I like the ones with stories best!

      2. For a long while I use to get originals from way back. Check out 'Housekeeping in Old Virgina' of 1879. And don't forget Fanny Farmer from the same era.

        Many university presses also reprint old cookbooks.

        Of course old is relative. For Florida it usually means pre-World War II.

        1. If reading online suits you, check out this link to texts of historic cookbooks:

          And here's some info about what it contains:

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          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            Thanks for all the ideas. I'm a fan of using community cookbooks in my genealogical research, but have been collecting them for years.

            Gena Philibert-Ortega's book From the Family Kitchen is a good resource

          2. You can't do better than the 70-years of traditional recipes collected from European immigrants at the Settlement House in Milwaukee between 1903 and the late 70s.

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            1. re: Nukedli

              I grew up in Milwaukee and have each of my grandmothers' Settlement Cookbooks from the 1920s. One grandma had written her maiden name inside the cover with funny-looking bubble letters. Treasures. I've never cooked from them, though.