While unpacking cookbooks yesterday, Monsieur and I came across this beat up book, The Bride's Cookbook. It boasts "Menus for a happy marriage: 300 recipes dedicated to the proposition that a well fed groom is a husband forever."
What pressure. What presumption. It's comical now, to look back, but when I think about the time in which in was first on sale, this kind of thinking in America was what popular culture was pushing.
This, and prim little plaid shirt dresses and A-line skirts. It's a Mad Men kind of thing (though I confess to watching only part of an episode of that show).
The book and its ideas are a relic. And a history lesson, i.e.
"Poultry dishes of all kinds are delicious and, as a rule, economical. Today's dressed birds (that is, cleaned and drawn) require practically no additional attention before cooking. You can have a wonderful time trying unusual dishes without having to revert to that old standby, the Sunday roast chicken. Try some of the newly developed birds such as the Rock Cornish Game Hen or the Cape Hen."
I remember mom cooking up those game hens....but what about "Today's dressed birds..." How the heck did they come before that? Feathered? Unclean? Guess I'm too young to understand. I'll have to ask Mother about this. She'll get a kick out of this and perhaps I'll get some good young-wife-with-three-children-under-5yrs-isolated-in-1950s-nuclear-family stories.
Do you have any old cookbooks about? I'd love to know what they are and what kind of dishes they write about. Oh, and by the way, I LOVE roast chicken, Sunday or any other day. Shove some garlic and rosemary under the skin and bake at 400 until done. Lip smackin' D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.