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Wilson's Meat Cookery by George Rector
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Apr 11, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: food, cookbooks, 1940s, corporate-cookbooks

Just on the cusp of World War II, Wilson & Co. a meat-packing company based in Chicago, produced this little cookbook of Meaty McMeat recipes. It's kind of funny. It's full of rich dishes, luxurious in a sort of middle-American way. But it came out when people were still affected by the Great Depression, and less than a year later the US would join World War II. Rich food was first something of an aspiration, and then an impossibility until rationing ended.

This cookbook does try to include vegetable dishes for a full menu. But you don't need the lovingly detailed full color paintings of a skinned cow, pig, and lamb to know that the focus and intent of this cookbook is meat of every variety produced in the Chicago stockyards.

As a side note, artistically the book has some odd modernist touches, like the Deco-inspired cover and interior illustrations that are influenced by 1930's woodcut artist Lynd Ward.
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