I also can read things

Ed is not the only one with a Good Housekeeping Cook Book, ya know. Back in the day, that cookbook was not just full of recipes and kitchen tools, but was truly a complete guide to how to be the most bitchin’ housewife on the block. So whenever I worry that feminism has just gone too far, or I just need a good laugh, I slip into a skirt (yeah, right), imagine my future children (lulz), and break out the Good Housekeeping Cook Book, circa 1949, to learn a bit about how to properly care for the family I should probably already have (again, ha!).

A few things you may not have known, had you never read this fabulous cook book’s 936 pages of wisdom:

“Eggs should be kept in the refrigerator at home or at grocer’s to retain food values, freshness, and good flavor.”

“Use beef, pork, or lamb liver, or kidneys once a week; they are bargains in vitamins and minerals. Brains and heart are good buys, too.”

“Use molasses often. It’s a cheap source of iron, and adds flavor and food value to gingerbread, puddings, etc.”

“During winter and on dull days in fall and spring children should take 1 teasp. cod liver oil or cod liver oil concentrate each day.”

2-3 “large dips” of ice cream are a suitable substitute for 1 cup milk “on basis of calcium content.”

“Be generous with sandwich fillings. Then the sandwiches will be more tempting, to men in particular. Don’t let filling ooze over edges of sandwiches.”

“Having friends in just for dessert, instead of for dinner, is a happy way to pay back obligations that rest heavily on your social conscience.”

“Tragic cases of food poisoning at picnics, community suppers, and institutions have been traced to keeping perishable food mixtures made of meat, fish, or chicken, fillings for cream puffs, etc., warm over a relatively long period of time.”

“Buttermilk has all the characteristics of skim milk plus its own distinctive flavor, laxative quality, and niacin.”

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2 comments

  1. i mean it’s not like any of that is particularly wrong. although the sandwich fillings thing is definitely a classic.

  2. I’ve never seen the ’49 edition. I used to have a copy of the 1980 edition, which is the one my mom has. I lost that one during one of my dorm moves. It had some very mid-20th-century recipes, and some very nice prep illustrations, but alas, did not provide much useful advice on how to be a good housewife.

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