My favorites are the cookbooks printed during the first half of the century, especially between 1910 and 1930. I could spend all day looking through them - the illustrations, the language, the recipes... and with this new book project, now I can look to my heart's content and call it research!
Want to research with me? I'd like to share a vintage breakfast menu from Attractive Menus, by Harriet Warner (a native of my home state, Michigan), written in 1916. But first, a little advice about the most important meal of the day:
Good call, Harriet! Most of us don't eat enough fruit, anyway. Plus, fresh strawberries in the morning? Yum. And even during the winter, we can eat canned peaches or nibble from a bowl of raisins and dried cherries. Not sure what a fruit knife is, though...
Okay, the omelet sounds great, but what's that say above it? Flakes? I guess I didn't realize they had processed breakfast cereal that long ago!
Ooooh-kay, I guess they did. Don't worry, dude. Grape-Nuts has got your back. Literally! Moving on?
I guess we'll let Harriet get away with serving flakes for breakfast since she went to the trouble of making an omelet and muffins to go along with it. Here's how she recommends preparing Breakfast No. 1:
Bet those wheat muffins would be pretty good with some cinnamon and raisins tossed in. Okay, now I'm hungry. Maybe I'll see if my chickens have shelled out enough eggs for me today to make this breakfast for dinner.
If you'd like to read Harriet Warner's whole cookbook, you can check it out at Google books, here. Happy Friday!