RE: Regrettable Food
Found both this and the "Food Writing" topics to be of much interest and the "Gallery of Regrettable Foods" website to which Lone Star provided us a link to be both of great interest and to offer great enjoyment. Only problem with that website is that I remember too well too many of the cookbooks and particulary of the product advertisements featured in it. Visiting it is like something else I do more and more frequently these days; go to a museum and realize I grew up with over half the items displayed in it. Both these forum topics and the website, tho, reminded me of recently having to handle the farm and home sale for and nursing home entry of an aged widowed cousin with no immediate family. She was a home ec teacher, a really great cook, and a person who loved to cook, experiment with foods & recipes, entertain, take food to shutins, etc. She had a number of cookbooks and quite a collection or recipes, a few of which I bought. Just wish I had bought more of them. The most interesting one I did buy was "The New Art", created by General Electric Kitchen Institute, price $1, published 1935. It features a wealth of recipes, some of which are familiar and some of which sound quite delicious, and all of which "read" better than the accompanying food photos "look". Most interesting in this little book are the photos of, articles re use of (really "introduction to the product" advertisements) for GE's new electric refrigerator, electric range, electric dishwasher (had no idea the dishwasher had been invented by 1935), and electric mixer. The title "The New Art" refers to "the new art of living electrically". Quite a fascinating little book. Another interesting little book I bought was "Famous Recipes from Old New Orleans", published by Godchaux Sugars, Inc. sometimes in the late 1930's. Although titled "Famous Recipes", it really contains more "household hints" than recipes.
More along the lines of the website, I bought three books published during period 1950 to 1953, "Successful Entertaining at Home" (which contains some recipes), "Complete Book of Interior Decorating", and "Secrets of Charm" to give to a little grand niece, age 7. When she gets a bit older thought she might find it interesting to compare these topics in her time with how they were some 50 to 60 years earlier. Not related at all to Roadfood, but also bought her two girls fiction novels published in the late 1910's, early 1920's. Boy, in fiction, have things changed during the last 90+ years, for the fiction/entertainment stories in these old books are nearly totally "moralilty tales". Fear we've gone about 360 degrees from that with most publications, even somewhat in kids' publications, these days.