Some People Drink…

Some people drink when they’re frustrated, I cook. It was one of those days where everything took me three times as long to get done, if things got done at all. Then after my day job, I misplaced my keys, slipped in the mud while walking the dog, and forgot an appointment at the bank.…

The Modern Family Cook Book

I try to limit my vintage cook book collecting to Canadian titles and publications, I need limits. But I can make an exception to my own rules. Recently I bought a book, The Modern Family Cook Book, by Meta Given (doesn’t sound like a real name?) published in Chicago in 1942, revised 1953.. This is…

When we are sick

Before walk-in clinics, health cards, 24 hour pharmacies, and NeoCitran, people got sick. Usually it was up to the women of the house to deal with the illness and help the patient, and using common sense she did just that; good simple food and lots of rest. In praise of slow┬á and the whole person…

Collecting Cook Books

I am a cook book collector, I have too many but I will continue to buy more, especially the used, splattered and discarded kind. I buy them at thrift stores, garage sales, and church bazaars. I prefer them to new cookbooks as they tell stories, sometimes the recipes are check marked,or there are hand written…

Raspberries

I’ve just returned from a vacation so absolutely wonderful that it seems like a dream, did I really just see a truffle pig??? But while I was away, I was often thinking of raspberries; I was worried that the season, always a short one would be over before I got back. In the 1830’s Susanna…