I was really excited after my first “official” blog post and started thinking about all of these different ideas for things I could do for the future. I could order vintage cookbooks from eBay or Etsy! I could go to flea markets and used bookstores for older recipe books! I could scour websites to see if any antique magazines were available for viewing! I could go to the library to see what is available there! I had to be able to find cool and different things to write about because everything I posted had to be interesting and tied to the theme and have informative facts associated with it and have clever commentary and I was just going to have the best blog EVER no matter how many people paid attention to it…
As my grad school statistics professor would say when faced with a challenging problem: “Let’s slow down, back up, and see what’s going on here.”
I tend to get excited about the accessories and planning of a project rather than the actual project. I was completely unfocused and without direction. I needed to approach this more logically and with less anxiety and panic.
I planned to do at least one recipe a week. Each recipe should be from a different decade and a different type of food than the previous recipe. These seemed like a good, focused goals that meshed well with my original guidelines posted.
Next, I had to decide what my sources would be for the recipes. I wanted recipes that were accurate representations of different time periods. I was very fortunate and stumbled across a post from Taste of Home that had the most popular cookbook from each decade starting in 1900 that really, really, really helped me figure out the authorities on cooking from each decade. I wanted to have each book listed.
I started noticing the expense associated with purchasing all of these cookbooks and was dismayed to find that they are not as inexpensive as I had hoped they would be, even when used. THEN, when Googling the earliest cookbooks on the list, I hit the jackpot! Most of the early cookbooks were available digitally at the following sources:
- Feeding America through the University of Michigan
- Internet Archive an online digital library of free books (I made a small donation to compensate)
While I wanted to be a purist and only use the original hard-copy books I realized yesterday that this may not be feasible. I downloaded 3 cookbooks and started scanning them as I sat on the couch last night. They were fascinating! For the first time I really felt as if I was going back in time. I have already started ordering ingredients for some of my next cooking adventures and can’t wait to see what happens! Yay!
Off topic, my husband said that I should post the French Toast that we made for a late breakfast today since I am blogging about cooking. He has a name for it based on a Gilbert Gottfriend joke that I CANNOT type here.
The best bread ever!
Maple syrup lugged all the way from New England to Georgia (totally worth it but this stuff is HEAVY in luggage)!
The finished product…it tasted better than it looked, I promise!