Happy Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving! This week we’ve got a special Thanksgiving inspired throwback for you!
It feels a little odd to be writing this weeks’ blog on a Wednesday, but since ‘today’ is the holiday, I wanted to be sure to get you a fun piece of history to look at between the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
I had an idea for this weeks’ piece, as I’ve passed over an old cookbook in our downstairs cabinet a few times over the last year and a half. I’ve never actually pulled it out, but I knew that it would make a great throwback when the time was right. Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect time to feature a book of recipes because for many families, this is a holiday that’s all about food and family traditions.
I knew this would be a fun book to comb through, but I didn’t realize that it would have so many little stories attached. I really enjoy pieces that give me just a little more than meets the eye, and the White House Cookbook did not disappoint.
This 1937 cookbook is in really great shape, considering its 80+ years old. It stands about two inches thick, has marbled outer pages and an olive floral scroll on the inside covers. Upon opening I discovered a little surprise, seeing three names written in blue ink. I imagine that these names were of the women who once owned the book.
From what I could make out of the names, the book belonged to Mrs. Madelaine Gates in 1940, Mrs. Everett Thomason in the same year, and was later given to Beatrice Fairburn in 1977. Some of you may recognize Mrs. Fairburn’s name, she was a teacher in Kittitas!
I’m not sure how this vintage book of recipes got to the store, though I suspect Mrs. Fairburn may have brought it by, at any rate, I’m glad that it did! Its a fun old piece, that’s full of tradition.
I took a look at this tiny well loved book , and discovered ‘Crescent Manufacturing” was a Seattle based company , that probably produced goods like spices, baking powder and coffee considering their ads on the back cover.
This book was clearly well loved. Many pages are held together with aged tape and covered it little splatters. I know that in my family, the most used recipes are always the ones that become causalities of spills and drips!
Without even making it two pages in to the main book , I can already imagine the incredible meals, baked goods and kitchen memories that got their start on these pages.
A photo of Eleanor Roosevelt sits wedged between the first two pages , followed by a dedication to the wives’ of our president’s from Authors Hugo Ziemann and Mrs. F.L. Gillette.
Without listing out all of these vintage recipes and household tips, its difficult to share the nostalgia behind the pages. That being said, I felt like photos of some of the contents would be the best way to show you what’s inside. And of course , I chose turkey and pumpkin pie – it’s Thanksgiving!
While I think many of us still own our share of cookbooks, its amazing that the standard for finding a recipe has changed so much in just 80 years. I’m certain that my Great Grandparents would be amazed at the idea of finding the perfect deep fried turkey recipe on Pinterest.com!
Enjoy these Thanksgiving recipes from the ‘ White House Cookbook’, and most of all, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!