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…
I have to admit…I was a little (ok, VERY) nervous to try this. My first trip back in time! Eek! Thankfully, after several episodes of self-doubt and worrying about how weird this seems, my husband convinced me to just go for it. It isn’t like anyone will see this anyway…
I started this blog both as a way to learn to cook and learn about the past. I have always been fascinated by the concept of time travel and realized recently that preparing food might be one of the best ways to experience different periods in history. I am using this blog strictly for personal development and learning.
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! Enjoy!