Thursday, May 31, 2012

A vintage Cook's Tour

While you're planning your next dream vacation, or just wondering what to eat at home on your "staycation", here are a few regional vintage cookbooks to "trip" your tastebuds.  For more options, check out the international and regional cookbook section at YesterYearsGoodies eCrater store.

Born in the Kitchen - Plain and Fancy Plantation Fixin's by Flora Mae Hunter, Thelma Thurston Gorham, ed., 1979, Pine Cone Press, Tallahassee, Florida, hardcover, 159pp.

 The hundreds of recipes in this book represent generations of food preparation for the owners and guests of 4 adjoining plantations in south Georgia and northern Florida. Sharing them in this cookbook was a "dream come true" to Flora Mae Hunter, whose mouth-watering dishes were enjoyed by some "mighty famous people" who visited during hunting season, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The Peasant Cookbook by Marian Tracy, 1955, Garden City Books, hardcover with dust jacket, 224pp.

By the author of Casserole Cookery, this vintage cookbook has authentic recipes for 165 thrifty dishes from 39 different countries of the world. Many are still familiar today as the culinary globe has shrunk, like the French Omelets, Chilean Empanadas, Italian Noodles Alfredo, Japanese Sukiyaki, Syrian Lentil Soup, Caribbean Red Beans and Rice; though many others - like Armenian lamb and okra stew, Italian sardine pie, Swedish Pork Tenderloin, French Lentils with Bacon, Chinese Ham and Mustard Green Soup - have not spread so far from their origins. 

A Collection of Traditional Amana Colony Recipes  - Family-Size Recipes of the Foods Prepared and Served in the Amana Villages for Over A Century, Ladies Auxiliary of the Homestead Welfare Club, Homestead, Iowa, 1948, Renewed Copyright 1976, hardcover, 120pp incl index.

"AMANA!--that is a name that has spelled 'good food' for many years to persons who come to visit and dine in the seven villages that comprise the Amana Society in east central Iowa... While the original recipes were meant to be served in the separate community kitchens to thirty or more people who always came hurriedly and hungrily when the big bell in the steeple chimed the dinner hour, the recipes in this book have been scaled down to fit one-family appetites. The recipes are of a wide variety--the substantial everyday main dashes and the dainty, fancy cookies baked only at Christmastime, the dishes whose principal ingredient is the potato grown in abundance on the 'home acres' and dishes concocted from the fragrant spices, fruits, and nuts of the Orient, the dishes prepared by the ancestors of present day Amana cooks several hundred years ago in Europe and the dishes developed by some bright young matron to take full advantage of the abundant Iowa harvests."

Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking, Barron's, 1983, softcover, 200pp.

Originally created to accompany Ms Jaffrey's popular television cooking show on BBC, this is "the perfect introduction to one of the world's great cuisines. ... over 100 authentic yet surprisingly simple recipes, ranging from the classic Rogon josh to exotic 'bazaar' specialties like Khatte chhole (sour chick peas) and Kulfi (Indian ice cream). You'll be glad to know that all the recipes use readily available ingredients. In addition you'll find helpful chapters on equipment, techniques, seasonings, and menu planning. The sparkling color photos display a total of 28 dishes." 

Fisherman's Wharf Cookbook by Barbara Lawrence, Illus by Mike Nelson, 1971, Concord, Calif: Nitty Gritty Productions, softcover, 5 1/4" X 8 1/4", 173pp plus index.

Prepare fish and seafood dishes taken directly from 15 restaurants which served Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco during the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the legendary oyster breakfast meal known as Hangtown Fry. There are clearly written recipes, histories of the wharf and the restaurants, and wonderful watercolor drawings of the nautical surroundings and the fruits of the sea. This collectible vintage cookbook is a treat to read leisurely in "vacation mode" as well as to put to delicious use in the kitchen.

"... a constant delight for the connoisseur of fine food and elegant art."

Bon appetit - or shall we say, bon voyage?   -- Dawn at

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lucky clover.

Just having some fun with the macro setting on my little Canon Power Shot.  A single shot, no editing -
love it when this happens!