Finding Natural Recipes from the Past
I love to look through old cookbooks and find recipes for my family. You can find some really great ones in old time cookbooks that are available online and are no longer copyrighted. Since these recipes are made from simple ingredients, they will also help you incorporate your basic food storage items into daily and weekly rotations.
The problem with these old recipes is their cooking instructions. They use oven temperatures like “cook in a slow oven” or “bake in a moderate oven” for 25 minutes.
How do you convert that?
Follow the cookbook conversions chart below and have success with these old recipes.
You can find many old cookbooks to download for FREE at Project Gutenberg. They come in various formats – including HTML, ePub, Kindle and PDF. There are over 60 titles in the general cookbook category alone. Take a look at the Gutenberg Cookery Bookshelf and find your next family favorite.
For the Simple Chocolate Cake recipe and other ideas, The Boston Public Library has Lowney’s Cookbook, 1907 on file for download. It is authored by Maria Willett Howard, one of the most experienced and successful teachers of cooking in the United States. Speaking with knowledge and authority, she eventually became the principal of the Boston Cooking School (which is another great cookbook!)
This Cinnamon Cake Recipe – from the Golden Age Cookbook written in 1898, by Henrietta Latham Dwight. From the publisher: Dwight’s early vegetarian cookbook (the Golden Age Cookbook) is filled with delightful recipes showing how a full diet can be had without meat of any kind. Her introduction shows the author to be driven mainly by health concerns, but also aware of social, economic and moral issues involved in dietary choices. Published in 1898 by the Alliance Publishing Company, the volume has a bright gilt and embossed cover and contains over 300 recipies including: Sweet Potato Croquettes, Mock Fish Chops, and a Border Timgale of Mock Chicken and numerous simple recipes for cakes and other sweets.
These old fashioned cookbooks are a treasure in our house. Do you have a favorite old time cookbook to share? Leave a comment below with a link to the book so we can all enjoy.
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