Sunday, October 23, 2011

So You Thought I Made This Stuff Up, And a Cookbook Party Update

While I was rearranging my bookshelves the other day, I happened upon a few bound issues of American Cookery Magazine from the 1940s. Originally published as The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, the magazine was founded in June of 1896 by noted author Janet Mckenzie Hill who had previously graduated from The Boston Cooking School in 1892 under Fannie Farmer. The title changed to American Cookery in 1914 and twice again before ceasing publication in 1947.
The earliest copy I have of The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, is from February of 1902. I'm always on the lookout for more issues, hint, hint:)

What drew my attention to this particular bound issue was a strip of paper that I had inserted in it as a bookmark. I do that a lot when I'm researching. I was just about to pull it out and set the book tidy on the shelf when I took a quick glance at the page. Perfect, I thought. Perhaps, my readers will now see that long before I, and others, were making claims for National so and so month, day, and week, there were hawkers before us.

American Cookery August-September 1941

Picking and plucking at other bits of paper book markers, I found this headline appropriate for today's Cookbook Party post. A contest.

American Cookery June-July 1941

A few issues later, a winning recipe from Clear Lake, Minnesota!

American Cookery June-July 1941

I should note, American Cookery Magazine is in no way related to the first American cookbook published in 1796 by Amelia Simmons. That dear readers is a story to be celebrated another day.

Cookbook Party: Week Three

Wow! This was the week to enter the Cookbook Party give-away if ever there was one. Just look at these delicious odds. (can you tell I've done a bit of gambling in my time:)

Cookie Month

Any Paula Deen fans out there? I have a sneaky feeling there are. Well then, check out #3 Pam's Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies recipe from Paula Deen Celebrates! Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life.

Cool Food For Kids

#7 Marjie is a woman of amazing talents! I've dubbed her The Butcher, The Baker, the Candlestick Maker, of Pennsylvania sheerly because of her innate ability to adapt to any and all circumstances. It should come as no surprise that her entry would go under the category of Cool Food For Kids. She's also a home schooler! The boys "gobbled" up her Cinnamon Oat Rolls and never even realized they were not only delicious but "healthy" too!

Cranberry Month

Did you ever bounce a cranberry? No, I haven't gone totally "batty" because Halloween is around the corner. Cranberries bounce. It's a fact. There's only one hitch. They only bounce when they are happy. And they are only happy when they are fresh!!! That's why the "Craneberry" was once know as the Bounceberry. Now, quick, go grab some of #5 Inger's Cranberry Bread. it's a recipe right out of Beard on Bread so you know it's got to be dee...li...cious!

Dessert Month

If I've said it once I'll say it again, Stressed spelled backwards equals Desserts! I can't help it, I just think Palindromes are so cool. And so are these desserts!
Heavenly Espresso-Cinnamon Cup Custard from our #2 entry from Joyce. Seriously, how tempting is this? Joyce has been an enthusiastic participant in the Cookbook Party and I thank her:)

Trisha #4 has also been gung ho about the Cookbook Party and the cornucopia of celebrations in the month of October. She sent this dessert recipe in from the Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook for Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars begins with a pound cake mix and sweetened condensed milk. Just my style!

Gloria, Gloria, Gloria! Gloria #6 is such a devoted fan of the Cookbook Party, she pulled this adorable dessert together while recuperating from a tough week. And look, it's White Chocolate Mousse in Ice Cream Cones! They sure do bring out the child in me. What about you???

Pork Month

At first glance, #1 Erica's Rolled Oat Goodies may appear as golden as a freshly fried frond of bacon. There's a reason for that. There's also an answer to why these golden goodies are listed under Pork Month. Go check them out and report back, lol...

Cookbook Party Related Posts & Updates

Not a bad round-up for this week! Once again, everything looks so delectable, I don't know where to start. However, all good things must come to an end. So, let's get those cookbook recipes a flying right into my mail box and take October to new culinary heights!!! I already have the first entry for the last week. It just came in as I was preparing this post. There's also another on the way from across the pond. I have a feeling it's going to be a devilicious week to be having a Blogoversary Cookbook Party!!! I better dig out that music!!!
For ease of navigation, I have listed posts that have anything to do with the party with a brief description.

1. It's a Surprise!
This is a list of October celebrations much like the one in the left sidebar except this list includes links to the "sponsors" of the respective event.

2. It's a Cookbook Party
The invitation to the Cookbook Party can be found here. It also includes the infamous "rules."

3. Cookbook Party Entries Week One
We had a cornucopia of delicious entries for the party in the first week. Go see...

4. Preview of Give-away Cookbooks.
I've always been terrible at keeping a secret when it comes to cookbooks. So, these are the books which I will be giving away. One each week for the month of October. If it isn't October 31, 2011 yet, you still have time to join!

5. October Cider Cake and Cookbook Party Entries Week Two.
The Cider Cake alone is worth a visit. Oh no, don't be silly, I didn't actually bake it. The recipe comes from the Southern Heritage Cookbook. And, if you thought Week One had some unique and delicious entries, Week Two has even more!
One more thing before I bid you goodnight. Tomorrow is the day Sarah Josepha Hale was born in 1788. If you haven't heard her name before, it's probably because she is hidden in the depths of Thanksgiving Day. You see, She Helped Give Us Thanksgiving. The following article is only the first two paragraphs of a rather lengthy tribute to Sarah Hale printed in the November 1941 issue of American Cookery Magazine. The article is filled with the fascinating history on how she never gave up hope on having Thanksgiving proclaimed as a national day of thanks. I plan on posting the article in its entirety Thanksgiving week this year. Stay tuned...

Thanksgiving Lady

Each year at Thanksgiving time everyone quite properly honors the memories of the Pilgrim Fathers who gave the original idea, and of Abraham Lincoln, who made it a national affair. But another and equally important influence seldom receives sufficient recognition--Sarah Josepha Hale, remembered as the editor of Godey's Lady's Book, but infrequently recalled as the woman who put Thanksgiving Day into every American home.
Mrs. Hale's earliest ambition, she said was twofold: "to promote the reputation of my own sex and to do something for my country." These purposes are evident in all the accomplishments of her extraordinarily busy life. An enthusiastic advocate of higher education for girls, a hearty supporter of legislation to protect women's rights, she used her position as editor of one of America's most influential magazines in a way that benefitted "her own sex and her own country" throughout her long and crowded career...


  1. That magazine is amazing! I'd love to pay a visit to you and your collection someday. My husband loves to hear of such things. He's the world's foremost authority on 18th-century British periodicals and always appreciates people who try to preserve the past. My blog is named after one of those periodicals.

  2. Although I coudn't attend your party this time; hope you don't mind that I am still gawking.
    What a treasure of a book that you found. Love to find little notes i made years ago on a slip of paper.

  3. Your collection of cooking ephemera is really amazing. I hope you find more of those magazines!

  4. THose espresso custards are definitely my cup of tea! Gorgeous entries!

  5. Great "antique" collection you have there! They are really interesting! And the Cookbook Party have lots of yummy recipes! And indeed, if feeling stressed, have some desserts! :)
    Thank you Louise, it is fun taking part in Cookbook Party! Have a lovely week!

  6. You have so many cool snippets and facts...I just love it! Everything from this week looks wonderful :D

  7. Great throwbacks to the old cookbooks!

  8. Dear Luise I love your post! all these antiques books and pictures I adore!!
    I think you have a lot of yummy and delicious recipes for cookbook party!! thanks for all dear!!! LOL

  9. Another great week of recipes and I loved looking at the old pictures too! What a fantastic job your doing for the cookbook party. It has been a blast to stop by and see who posted. It's sad to see the last week of October is already here.

  10. You are a font of interesting information for us foodies Louise! So funny to see how far back these special celebration of food days go - I thought it was a recent thing. Everything looks delicious!!

  11. Great stuff, Louise. The stories about food and our history are never ending. Can't wait to see your Thanksgiving week post on Sarah Josepha Hale. And, I'm sure I will lose sleep over that Espresso Custard Cup!

  12. Oh my... here I am past Midnight enjoying delightful food visuals! Dangerous ground... though that Espresso-Cinnamon Custard is calling me so strongly I could throw caution to the wind on that one! *Winks*

    Thanks for stopping by my Blog and leaving such sweet words... glad you enjoyed the Post and are my newest Supporter. Now... to try to get my mind off of Coffee flavored Custard... *whew & a wink*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  13. I keep learning each time I come here Louise. Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge.

  14. Wow what a collection of cooking gems. I always thought it was cool that stressed spelled backward is desserts and who knew cranberries bounced? Thanks for sharing all these food stories. :)

  15. Ms. Hale is quite a lady. Had I known, Sissy might be named after her!

  16. you are actually having a copy of that magazine from the 1940s?? wow, that's a treasure! would like to see more of your collection!

  17. So pleased to be joining the party with my apple streusel cake. Will see what else I can whip up in the kitchen that fits with october :)

  18. Oooohhh, lots of great sweets! Even the pork recipe!

    And no one believes you make this stuff up, Louise ;-)

  19. You seriously have the coolest information ever. I really do enjoy all the things I learn here. And yes, Paula Deen fan here! I think she's darling! ;-)

  20. *Waving* Hello frantically! Hi Louise! Geesh where have I been when you had all of these fun events going on. I don't know, but I can tell you that you are pretty impressive with all that you are able to get done. Time seems to slip on by me. I love the old gems you found. The cooking contest where the winner gets 5 dollars for 1st place is pretty amazing. The funny thing is, nowadays that still is a lot of money! :) Keep on doing all that you do and I will eventually catch up!

  21. You always have the most interesting tidbits. All of the desserts you show have me drooling.

  22. What a great post! I LOVED the snippets from the 1940's cookbooks and the recipe contests. You have so much information, history and interesting tidbits that you include with your blogs.
    I've had so much fun with your cookbook contest!
    So glad I discovered your blog!!

  23. CONGRAT to the winners!!!! =D

    A big thanks to Louise for organizing thi awesome contest, we all had fun! =)


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