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Grandma's Wartime Kitchen: World War II and the Way We Cooked

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An affectionate and informative look at women on the Home Front in the 1940s, Grandma's Wartime Kitchen presents more than 150 classic recipes (updated for today's kitchens) along with anecdotes, advertisements, advice, and archival recipes from a unique and defining period in America's history.

With details and personal voices that make the material come to life, the book
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 8th 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I realized 80% of the way through the cookbook that I've read this years ago. It was so good, I'd forgotten I'd read it as a library book as I'd find a used copy and bought it for myself. I would highly recommend many of the recipes from this book. These are recipes cooked during the war years when certain foods were rationed. So that means many are low in fat as butter and shortening were rationed. Certain meats were rationed so their are recipes to stretch meat (like Monday Meatloaf) or meatle ...more
Before reading it: I was wondering the other day how WWII era folks ate, given those ration cards, and figured they probably had a pretty healthy diet and were able to eat nutritionally correct on strict budgets, so I thought I'd take a look at this.


After reading it: Well, there certainly are some crazy recipes in there (vegetable pancakes??) . But it was odd.... reading some of them, well, yes. My grandmother DID used to make some of those, and I could instantly remember how they tasted.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the author did a great job compiling the various recipes and the introduction for each section was filled with interesting things about WWII that I had never known. She introduces all of the recipes and I love the reprinted wartime propaganda images and ration information along with quotes from wartime women's magazines and from women who experienced the war. I can't wait to try so many of the recipes, and I got to try the beet relish from this book that a f ...more
This is a book of WWII-era recipes along with remembrances from women who were teenagers and young married women in the 1940s. I picked it up to give me ideas of how to used the produce from my version of a victory garden, but I found that I enjoyed the information about rationing and war-time sacrifices more than the actual recipes. The spirit of cheerfully trying to satisfy your family during the lean times is what I will take away from reading this book.
I love cookbooks, so I've been savoring this one. each chapter has a historical introduction on the whys and how the recipes in the chapter were developed. I found it really neat.
the recipes are interesting, weird, and sometimes gross, but there were quite a few I plan of trying (especially the sweets!). this might be good for a family struggling with today's prices. there were lots of tips on 'stretching' food.
I loved this one. A couple pages of facts and history before each chapter of recipes fascinated me. There were pictures and anecdotes and ads from WWII. A lot of these recipes reminded me of things my grandmother made and brought back some good memories. Some of these would be good for right now as well with food so expensive.
Jaime David
I actually read the baking version of this book, but I thought it was very educational to read a cookbook that has a point of view from history. I learned a lot about substitutions for baking in general and the recipes were all very good, especially the potato bread.
Rose Ann
A great cookbook filled with recipes, ads, pictures from WW2, and gives insight into what it was like to cook when everything was rationed. Fascinating and also a lot of the recipes are very good!
Pretty interesting book. Lots of narrative about how and why foods were rationed. Lots of pictures of the posters that were used to promote rationing "for the boys".
I enjoyed this book, but I also read a lot about food history. Some personal stories, some recipes--just an interesting read.
Amazing book! I love the recipes and the info that goes with them! I want this one for my own shelf!
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