The girl who runs Bite From The past writes: A librarian friend of mine recently came across a cookbook in our collection that she felt I had to know about! It is “The World’s Modern Cook Book and Kitchen Guide for the Busy Woman” by Mabel Claire, published in 1932. It’s got beautiful typeset that makes you want to bob your hair, grab your heels and gloves, and hop a train into the city.
But a close look through the recipes reveals less than glamorous times for American housewives, who struggled to stretch food dollars in the midst of one of the greatest economic calamities of our country’s history. The book is full of recipes for casseroles, potluck desserts, and dishes made with cheap commodities like eggs, oats, and noodles. I wonder if the women who cooked from it thought, as I do, that it does a good job of making frugal cooking look fancy.
These are the classic fruit pastries you find at bakeries. Frozen puff pastry dough makes it easy for you to bake them yourself to enjoy with your morning coffee or tea. Or why not make them for your next picnic, blueberries are just made for enjoying outdoors.