Grandma's Little Black Book of Recipes - From 1910
This little black book was discovered in an attic in 2015. The typed recipes and instructions are a direct translation of the handwriting seen in the photographs on each page. To preserve its authenticity, no extra instructions have been added. The cover is a photograph of the actual book, (with title added.) Bring your tablet into the rural English kitchen of 1910. Relive the tastes and smells of an age where there were no microwave ovens or digital scales. Back then, cooking was done on a Yorkshire Range. The book was compiled before the First World War when young women visited each other's houses swapping recipes, as well as catching up on the latest gossip. Funny little markings on some of the recipes, ( a cross "X" with a dot between each line ) was a star rating, four dots being the best. The recipes included instructions like "place the chocolate and sugar into a bowl and warm by the fire, stirring until melted" ( you will probably pop them into a microwave for a few seconds ) The hand written recipes contain simple ingredients available at that time. Self raising flour was not in common use, baking powder was used with plain flour. UK measurements are used; oz, lbs. and pints. Gills and quarts are given as mL and fluid ozs. Also terms like "bake in a quick oven" are used, a handy guide to all modern settings is given on the "Conversions" page. This is not a book for the complete novice. You won't find any "preheat the oven to 200° " instructions. Their skills were not only in baking, but also maintaining the oven at a constant temperature, remember the heat came from the coal and wood, no thermostatic controls or glass fronted oven in doors existed back then. However, if you can bake scones and know by looking at things when they are "done," you will enjoy experimenting as they did, adapting the recipes to your own taste. Above all……enjoy the taste of yesteryear !!

Grandma's Little Black Book of Recipes - From 1910 Details

TitleGrandma's Little Black Book of Recipes - From 1910
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 16th, 2015
PublisherLes Dale
Rating
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks

Grandma's Little Black Book of Recipes - From 1910 Review

  • nikki mc mains
    January 1, 1970
    I found no usable recipes. No insights, no comments on the weather, nor anything personal to the author. Most recipes were incomplete. The handwriting was interesting to see, and try to puzzle out. Many of the ingredients were obscure. It was a very, very fast read, maybe 10 minutes, so you won't be wasting much time.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know if this is a different edition or not, but my edition does not have any fun little details about weather, or gossipy tidbits, the photocopied squares of the original, handwritten recipes are about the size of what would fit in the area of a photo frame, if you didn't zoom in or out. I was intrigued that the handwriting, even down to the paper looks like my Great Grandmother's recipes. As others have said the recipes that are typed out are not complete, I am assuming due to the fact I don't know if this is a different edition or not, but my edition does not have any fun little details about weather, or gossipy tidbits, the photocopied squares of the original, handwritten recipes are about the size of what would fit in the area of a photo frame, if you didn't zoom in or out. I was intrigued that the handwriting, even down to the paper looks like my Great Grandmother's recipes. As others have said the recipes that are typed out are not complete, I am assuming due to the fact the originals were damaged, ripped or missing. I highly doubt I will try any of these recipes but I do appreciate the author Les Dale for preserving them for history.
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  • Denise Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    Grandma's recipesLot of love went into those recipes. Thanks I enjoyed seeing some recipes my grandmother used to make. It brought back find memories of cooking in the kitchen with my loved ones.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Love itCan't wait to try recipes. Thanks for sharing.There should not be a set amount of words required for reviews
  • Manda
    January 1, 1970
    cute for what it was
  • RACHELLE ARLINDA HAYES
    January 1, 1970
    JUST OKJUST OK . IT WAS A FEW THAT I LIKE . BUT NOT A BOOK I WOULD BUY . IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HIGHER SCORE IF THERE HAD BEEN MORE RECIPE THAT I LIKED.
  • Shirley Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    When I read that this book was someone's grandmother's actual cookbook, I was intrigued. Then when I was informed that it actually was a cookbook from England Pre-World War I...well I was hooked! I just had to see how recipes so old would transfer over. I was drawn more to the little book (with copies of the interior of actual handwritten recipes) as not a cookbook but a history book. And I wasn't disappointed! It took a bit of research to learn what certain ingredients were, not to mention When I read that this book was someone's grandmother's actual cookbook, I was intrigued. Then when I was informed that it actually was a cookbook from England Pre-World War I...well I was hooked! I just had to see how recipes so old would transfer over. I was drawn more to the little book (with copies of the interior of actual handwritten recipes) as not a cookbook but a history book. And I wasn't disappointed! It took a bit of research to learn what certain ingredients were, not to mention measurements like "Gill water". Most of the recipes are basic (cheesecake, applesauce cake) but not the method they are made. Remember that this is the time of no microwaves,no electric stoves or a blender in sight. So this 'little' does pack a wallop that isn't for just any cook.
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  • Kaeleah
    January 1, 1970
    Nice short readI feel the recipes are a bit obscure and from the sounds in the directions, are rather a bit scattered..
  • JOHN
    January 1, 1970
    KeepsakeWhat a treasure wouldn't change a thing about this sweet little book. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
  • Karla Farrington
    January 1, 1970
    Recipes sound invitingLove this cookbook you could feel the love in each photo of the recipe. Can't wait to try Queens Cake.
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