Hi, Readers! Tis the season to be cooking, so I think this non-sewing post is appropriately shared today. I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I’m always on the lookout for the oldest sewing books I can find. Occasionally, I run across gems that are not sewing related. This is such a book, and technically, it is an antique — 145 years old.
The title alone is endearing – “Cookery From Experience” by Mrs. Sarah T. Paul, circa 1875 (as if an inexperienced cook could write such a book); the mint condition and the price of $1 and the book was in my hands. It’s also amazing where I found this book. At a pre-pandemic family reunion in Northern Virginia with my siblings, we all accompanied a family member to a follow-up appointment at a local clinic where the lobby had not only the best coffee shop but a used book sale going on. All medical clinics should have a coffee shop and a book sale! That is where I browsed and found this cookbook – and it is a revelation of what a home cook made for everyday family meals in 1875. A great picture of everyday life in the kitchen of Mrs. Sarah T. Paul ten years after the Civil War ended.
Some foods were totally unfamiliar to me, which required quick google searches! Others used everyday items which we can easily procure today. Take a look….
Hope you enjoyed this small picture of Mrs. Sarah T. Paul’s home life in 1875, where she was obviously queen of the kitchen; did she have a “cook” person to help — or not? Now I want to know more about her.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I am so dang thankful for all my readers. Thank you for reading my words and be healthy and safe. Love to all.