Before this pandemic started, one didn't have to worry if they wanted to eat some vintage food, but now it is indeed a risky thing to do. Going to your favourite restaurant and enjoying vintage food is now a tough job to do, credit goes to Covid. But no worries! The cookbook has come up with a solution for you. 10,000 rare vintage cookbooks are now available online that too is free. Yes, you heard it right. Reading a recipe from a book is definitely not a cup of tea for this generation, now you are just a tap away to get your favourite vintage recipes.
A cookbook may be a kitchen reference containing recipes. Cookbooks could also be general or may concentrate on a specific cuisine or category of food.
According to Wikipedia, recipes in cookbooks are organized in various ways: by course (appetizer, first course, main course, dessert), by the main ingredient, by cooking technique, alphabetically, by region or country, and so on. They may include illustrations of finished dishes and preparation steps; discussions of cooking techniques, advice on kitchen equipment, ingredients, and substitutions; historical and cultural notes; then on.
Le Cuisinier Royal (1817) by André Viard
Modern Cookery for personal Families (1845) by Eliza Acton
El Cocinero Puerto - Riqueño 1859 (author unknown)
Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household
Management (1861) by Mrs. Beeton
Подарок молодым хозяйкам, a present to Young Housewives (first Russian edition 1861) by Elena Molokhovets
Domestic Cook Book: Containing a Careful Selection of Useful Receipts for the Kitchen (1866) by Malinda Russell – first known cookbook by an African American woman
La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene (1891) by Pellegrino Artusi
The Epicurean (1894) by Charles Ranhofer
The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1896) by Fannie Merritt Farmer
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A cookbook is no less than a treasure of the fine art of cooking. As our lives are getting busier, oftentimes we purchase things which we know can be prepared at home in hopes of saving time. But, vintage cookbooks tell us about scratch cooking. Often prepared with just a handful of local, readily available ingredients, they were written before microwave ovens and Cuisinart’s, and before many of the processed foods that are now commonplace were available on grocery store shelves. Vintage cookbooks focus on elimination of waste and it is the best opportunity to learn cooking from scratch.
The oldest sequenced recipe was found on the walls of the traditional Egyptian tomb of Senet. According to that, in the 19th century BC, it taught the people how to make flatbreads. The second oldest (14th century BC) described the making of Sumerian beer, locally mentioned as “liquid bread". It was captured on clay tablets as a part of a hymn to a goddess named Ninkasi, dedicated to beer.
Source: Today's World Kitchen
The first recorded cookbook was written by Apicius, in fourth century AD Rome. It is still in print today and it is of Culinary Matters (originally, De Re Coquinaria), containing 500 recipes, including many with Indian spices.
Doesn't matter how much variation we try while cooking, we hardly get the same taste as our grandparents or great grandparents can. Cooking is an art and there is no denying that. With the passing time, we get busy in our lives and we have lost the old food taste somewhere in between. So, let's get back and reminisce those old days by trying your hands on these recipes. Here are the vintage recipes from the 1970s for your reference.
Try your hands on these recipes and don't forget to share your experience in the comment section.
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