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    Using old cookbooks

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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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    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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    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!
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    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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    Quote 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!
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    Quote 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

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    Quote 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.

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