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    I dug out an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from 1968 and found a great recipe for Vegetable Beef Soup, cooking on the stove right now. Also saw recipes for Creamed Sweetbreads, Chicken-Fried Heart, Liver Loaf, Scrambled Brains, and Hasenpfeffer (German for rabbit)...no low-fat cooking here!!!

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    They knew their stuff back then...it is like picking out a Julia Child cookbook and realizing you need to go to the store because one pound of butter won't do.
    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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    Don't forget to play!

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    • #3
      My favorite thing to do is scour through old cookbooks and see how I can "primalize" the dish. Whether it be substitution flour or sweeteners or substituting cauliflower/parsnip for white potato. Primal eating calls for a lot of cooked meals and what better way than enjoying it! Cooking is a fun science!

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        I picked up a really old cookbook at a library book sale. It has tons of great recipes in it, including raccoon and possum!

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          I have a very old Fanny Farmer cookbook. I bought it new, back when I was 16 years old. Yes, it does have some very traditional recipes in it.

          Oh, and today, I ordered "Nourishing Traditions" from Amazon, for some up-to-date traditional ideas

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          • #6
            Some of the stuff I've found on the web:

            Confederate Receipt Book - really an 1863 Confederate recipe book for food and misc household supplies from scratch. The cover is scanned, but the rest is typed out so it's legible.

            Recipes for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime - not one book, but a collection WWI era cookbooks online.

            Yeah, I'm kind of into vintage/antique stuff. You should see my sheet music collection!
            Durp.

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            • #7
              it was mentioned in a youtube video I saw once, but I tracked down a diabetic cookbook from circa 1917 called "diabetic cookery"

              Some great eats in it. its also available free on Google Play! Books.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by WeldingHank View Post
                it was mentioned in a youtube video I saw once, but I tracked down a diabetic cookbook from circa 1917 called "diabetic cookery"

                Some great eats in it. its also available free on Google Play! Books.
                Found it at Archive.org.

                Very cool!
                Durp.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                  Some of the stuff I've found on the web:

                  Confederate Receipt Book - really an 1863 Confederate recipe book for food and misc household supplies from scratch. The cover is scanned, but the rest is typed out so it's legible.

                  Recipes for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime - not one book, but a collection WWI era cookbooks online.

                  Yeah, I'm kind of into vintage/antique stuff. You should see my sheet music collection!
                  Those sites are AWESOME!!!
                  I remember my grandparents always had gardens (Victory Gardens) and never used cookbooks but they baked and cooked exactly like these recipes are written.
                  My father and husband both still swipe a piece of bread through the grease/fat that's left in the pan after cooking/frying meat. Dad grew-up on a dairy farm and can't stand anything fat-free (God love him). We put butter on just about everything when I was going up and if Mom didn't get the cream skimmed off the top of the milk in the jar before my dad wanted milk, we were drinking half & half cuz he'd just shake it all together.
                  Mmmmmm..... memories
                  Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grokkles View Post
                    My favorite thing to do is scour through old cookbooks and see how I can "primalize" the dish. Whether it be substitution flour or sweeteners or substituting cauliflower/parsnip for white potato. Primal eating calls for a lot of cooked meals and what better way than enjoying it! Cooking is a fun science!
                    I like to primalize recipes also. I was gifted with about 12 magazine subscriptions last xmas, even Vegetarian Times, and the closest one to primal food wise is Muscle & Fitness. The others give me great ideas, but I always have to change something. It's tons of fun.
                    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                    B*tch-lite

                    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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