The idea for this blog started after my husband and I started binge watching “Mad Men” on Netflix. I found the lifestyle fascinating and started to research how life was different in the early 1960’s, paying particular attention to food and drink trends. It dawned on me that by preparing meals as people from different eras had in the past that I could experience one aspect of history first-hand. My favorite type of fiction is the time travel novel and I thought this would be the perfect way to “time travel” from my own kitchen.
Why am I doing this?
- I am a terrible cook and would like to learn.
- I love trying new foods.
- I enjoy history.
- I believe that food is the best link to the past that I have.
I realize that this is not a new concept and I am not trying to replicate anything that anyone has done previously. This is entirely for my own benefit.
So, what are the guidelines for this experiment?
- Recipes must not be in common use today
- Recipes must come from a public source with a publication date (or best estimate)
- Recipes should be a good representation of the time period from which they come
I welcome any comments but be gentle…this is mainly for my own use and I am certainly not trying to be an expert or replicate the work of anyone else! Also, this is REAL cooking, nothing filtered or edited, so it will be ugly!
My Cooking Philosophy
The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.Julia Child
I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.Andy Rooney
Thousands of people have eaten in my kitchen and gone on to lead normal lives.Anonymous