Twelfth edition with dust-jacket
Rien Fertel, freelance oral historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance discussed the Times Picayune’s Creole Cook Book and Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New OrleansÂ edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker in the Oxford AmericanÂ (The Southern Magazine of Good Writing) in an article titled: Past & Repast today.
Like his article says, more than sixteen editions have been published.
According to the first edition (1900):
Soon will the last of the olden negro cooks of antebellum days have passed away and their places will not be supplied, for in New Orleans, as in other cities of the South, there is “a new colored woman” as well as a new white.
… to preserve to future generations the many excellent and matchless recipes of our New Orleans cuisine, to gather these up from the lips of the old Creole negro cooks and the grand old housekeepers who still survive, ere they, too, pass away, and Creole cookery, with all its delightful combinations and possibilities, will have become a lost art, is, in a measure, the object of this book.
Classic Pasta Cookbook 1993
Read Giuliano Hazan’s post regarding the e-book edition of The Classic Pasta Cookbook.
Constance Spry Cookery Book
Rosemary Hume’s poached chicken in a creamy curry mayonnaise sauce is the most popular dish being served at this year’s Diamond Jubilee luncheons.
Hume, of London’s Cordon Bleu School of Cookery first served the dish at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation lunch in 1953.
She included the recipe in The Constance Spry Cookery Book in 1956.
Rosemary Hume’s Curried Mayonnaise Sauce/ Rice Salad
Read Mary Bergin’s article Classes taught immigrants how to cook American-style meals from Wisconsin’s State Journal. In addressing “the cooking school movement,” she refers to Capital City Cook Book (1906) published by the Woman’s Guild of Grace Church of Madison, Wisc. 1906, in the article and in particular to Mrs. G.W. Oakley’s recipe for breaded eggs.
Kancigor, Judy Bart. (1999). Melting pot memories: the Rabinowitz Family cookbook and nostalgic history. Fullerton, CA: Jan Bart Publications. 259 pp. Index. Printed in sepia on cream colored paper and with matching sepia photographs.
I compared a fourth printing (2001) of Melting Pot Memories (MPM) with Kancigor’s latest book Cooking Jewish (CJ). The copyright page of CJ lists the years 1997, 2003 and 2007. I speculated that CJ was a mainstream publisher’s (Workman) version of the privately published MPM.
Kancigor says, “. . . every time I reprinted MPM, which was a self-published book, I made changes and improvements. There were 8 printings! Now, the difference between my self-published book and my new cookbook, COOKING JEWISH, published by Workman is huge!! Cooking Jewish has 704 pages, over 500 family photos, tons more stories and is totally revamped. There are many new recipes, but even where I used a recipe that was in MPM, it is totally rewritten, because my new publisher really taught me how to write a recipe! And in the thorough, more professional test kitchen many adjustments were made.”
Today, I revised and expanded the publishing history of the Joy of Cooking page on the store’s website.
Read the article in Milwaukee Magazine: “Settlement Cookbook still dishes up warm memories by managing editor,” Bobby Tanzile.
Dr. Brian Wansink, of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, is the author of a new research study on the Joy of Cooking.
The study involved comparing 18 recipes that have survived the various editions of Joy. 1936, 1946, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1997 and 2006 were the editions used in the study.
Researchers documented the serving size and caloric in each version of the 18 recipes. They found that 17 of the recipes underwent changes that mirrored America’s obestiy epidemic.
Dr. Wasink comments, “What we think is a normal serving size has increased dramatically over the last 70 years â€¦ as has what we demand in terms of fat and sugar in a recipe.â€
“According to the study, in 1936, the average number of calories in each recipe was 261. The most recent recipes average 384 calories, an increase of 60 percent. If you were to compare just the recipe for sugar cookies, you would find an 142 percent increase in the number of calories from the 1936 recipe to today’s recipe.