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Your Oldest Cookbook?

What's the oldest cookbook you own? I have a copy of the "Pictorial Review Standard Cookbook" from 1931. Pictorial Review was apparently a monthly magazine, and this is 1,000 recipes from their pages including "Porto [not "Puerto"] Rican Pot Roast", "Hamburg Cakes" (today we put them between buns and add cheese and condiments), "Jellied Chicken" made with gelatin, and instructions for chopping ice for maintaining a freezer. The last chapter is some of their information on sewing and how to use a line of patterns they offered. There were originally some blank pages in the back of the book, which have been covered over with both handwritten recipes and recipes cut from the magazine and newspapers and glued onto the pages.

Luna Pier Cook

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