4/27/05 | 250 Ways of Serving Potatoes
[ Currently Eating: Tea ]
Over the weekend, I went to a local rummage sale at a church near us. I’m always on the lookout for books, and food books at that. You really can’t beat the price of books at yard, garage and estate sales. I came across a goldmine of old books, more pamphlets than anything, printed by the Culinary Arts Institute in 1940. I’m serious, 1940!
The story with these books is that they used to be offered in the supermarkets for housewives looking for easy to prepare meals. Each book focuses on how to prepare different dishes out of one particular item or in one particular food genre. The ones shown in the photo are “250 Ways Of Serving Potatoes” and “250 Delicious Soups”. These were in great shape and I bought 10 different ones for TEN CENTS EACH. Here is a complete list of the titles I got:
“250 Ways Of Serving Potatoes”
“250 Delicious Soups”
“250 Ways to Prepare Meat”
“250 Fish and Seafood Recipes”
“500 Delicious Salads”
“250 Superb Pies and Pastries”
“300 Tasty, Healthful Dairy Dishes”
“500 Delicious Dishes From Leftovers”
“The Candy Book – 250 Recipes”
“2000 Useful Facts About Food”
When I got home, I looked ‘em up on Ebay and found that people buy them regularly for about $2.00 each. Score! I also learned that these booklets were later collected all together in some sort of encyclopedia of cooking.
Anyhow, I’m not selling because I plan to comb through them to look for cheap recipes. Sure, there’s a lot of padding… you can’t lump 500 Salads into a booklet of 50 pages without padding. Also, a lot of archaic stuff. But, I bet there’s some interesting stuff in there. I’m particularly interested in “500 Delicious Dishes From Leftovers”… we shall see about that!
Cheap Eats Score: 6/10