-- Cooking For Two

Copyrighted 1920 (originally 1909)

Cooking For Two: A Handbook For Young Housekeepers, By Janet McKenzie Hill.

The title says it all-- or so you would think! I am guessing appetites (sizes and preferences) have changed since 1920, because everything seems like it would be way too much for two people (read: Husband and Wife). But that doesn't seem to be the only thing that has changed since then. Just get a load of the foreward:

"The best things are nearest. . . . Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life."

Wow. Because a husband apparently doesn't want a wife, he wants a mother. Talk about bringing a "young housekeeper" down! Geeze.
But I digress. Of course I know what Janet was getting at, it just doesn't seem to inspire much confidence in a young wife of the 1920's. By then, girls be bobbin' they hairs, wearing makeup (GASP!), and smoking cigarettes (in public!), among countless other 'shockable' things their mothers would never have even thought about doing.

But this is supposed to be a book synopsis, not a feminist tirade! (Though I am NOT a feminist. I just completely get how it used to be and how it is now in a woman's world. Just sayin'.)

So, I've already made one recipe from this book, and luckily we had company to help eat it up, which tells me it served more than two people. It is called "Chicken in Potato Patty Cases", and though the ingredients weren't unusual, the method of making this was! Okay, it was just plain fun. Post to follow later.