Thursday, 8 November 2018


... 1940s style!!!
With this fantastic recipe book from 1946!

This very rare 1st edition was printed barely a year after the Second World War had ended, and is filled with great cooking ideas and amazingly cute drawings! 

With Britain still in the grip of severe rationing, some of these recipes may seem a bit optimistic, but it has a fabulous charm about it.

The drawings were done by Emil Weiss, who was quite a character, and worthy of a book himself.
He was born in Moravia, now in the Czech Republic, and was a cartoonist, architect and commercial artist. He ended up in America post-war, where he was an illustrator for a magazine.

And the illustrations he'd done for this book are wonderful, with his two characters messing around on each page and doing the recipes themselves!

Two inventive recipes on this spread, 'The Salad Clock' and 'Mock Toadstools'!

The toadstools were a combination of hard boiled eggs and tomatoes, cool!!

Near the end of the book is a section to write in your own recipes, and brilliantly someone has!!

So you get a few free recipes! Including ones for Peppermint Creams, Walnut Candy, Fudge and Candied Orange Peel 

Of course the worst part of doing all that cooking is the washing-up ...

If you fancy doing a bit of 1940s cooking, then rush along to the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR at Wells Town Hall on 10th November and find this fantastic book on my stall!!
See you there!!

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