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I burst out laughing. But pretty soon, I got engrossed...and in some cases, grossed out...with these recipes!
This book was printed in MCMXL. Right? So long ago the years weren't numbers! Oh wait. After
Each state starts with a little intro about the cultural influences of the local cuisine. It's actually very interesting and enlightening. The authors seem to really enjoy these multi-cultural references.
I have to say, I have a sneaking suspicion they "exotic-fied" up the names of some recipes to make them seem more, I don't know, unusual. For example, basic bean recipes were given Native American names.
So, some recipes I found under Texas:
"Ground-Cooked Calf's Head": Buy a head with the skin on. Dig a hole wide enough to hold the head and all its wrappings, and at least 3 feet deep...
Like I said, fairly typical.
Other recipes have some interesting instructions as well. "Hack meat slightly..."; after washing 2 cups pinto beans, "Put in a bucket which has a tight-fitting lid.."; and oven temperatures are never given - just moderate oven, medium oven, etc. I guess temperatures were added for later "spoiled" generations!
And some recipes call for things the cook should just know, like "1 bowl standard fritter batter" - no actual ingredients listed!
Ample amounts of lard AND butter in many recipes, heavy creams, and sugar! Fantastical dishes like, Schuylkill Dandelions, Elderberry Blossom Cakes, Braised Antelope, and Midnight Cake. It almost sounds like Alice in Wonderland, doesn't it?
So...how much was this little gem? Well, the asking price was a DOLLAR...but somehow my dear hubby got it FREE. Yes. He did. He has no shame. He askeths and usually receiveths.
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