Kitchen Quips

I’m reading my copy of the Joy of Cooking (1975 edition) and have been enjoying the conversational tone of the recipes and the chapter introductions. A few of my favorite quotes so far:

Regarding the use of the blender to create juices, pg 45

The blender transforms many kinds of fruit and vegetables in to rich and delicious liquid food. The only trouble in using it is that the enthusiast often gets drunk with power and whirls up more and more weird  and intricate combinations — some of them quite undrinkable. Resist the temptation to become a sorcerer’s apprentice.

Regarding daiquiris, pg 52

Spectacular and delicious frozen cocktails may be made by using an electric blender.

Describing vodka, aquavit, tequila and their cocktails, pg 53

Tequila, which a friend of ours has dubbed “the gulp of Mexico,” appeals to a very limited number of aficionados. Try it before you buy it.

In reference to the Hot Buttered Rum recipe, pg 61

This is an old-time New England idea of an individual portion. It may be modified. Curious, isn’t it, that the Puritans made drinks like this one, which has been said to make a man see double and feel single.

Regarding canapés and hors d’oeuvres, pg 77

The canapé sits invitingly on its own little couch of crouton or pastry tidbit, while the hors d’oeuvre is a free agent, so to speak, gregarious and ready to meet up with whatever bread or cracker is presented separately.

I get the feeling that the electric blender was a new and exciting appliance at the time. It’s also super interesting to note how tastes have changed and how cuisines that seemed exotic or cutting edge at the time are pretty much weekly fare for most Americans now (Tex-Mex, for example). Do you have an older cookbook that you like to read through?


2 thoughts on “Kitchen Quips

  1. I have a wonderful old cookbook from the mid 30’s that I love looking through. Amazingly some of the old recipes have made a slightly altered comeback. Seems at one time buying local and eating “real” food was the norm.

    1. Ha ha — it’s kind of funny to look through older cookbooks and see what the trends were and also to see that a newly “discovered” current trend actually was either just normal or a trend decades ago as well. The blender is a big deal in the edition of Joy that I am reading. 🙂

      My mom uses a PA Grange cookbook from either the 50s or 60s and it’s kind of the same thing, although with the very specific rural farmwife perspective.

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