necbOne of the great things about old cookbooks is that they tend to contain much more than recipes; they are snapshots of history and our culture. I love paging through vintage cookbooks to see trends and things that have changed over the years – and to see what hasn’t changed.

One of my favorite cookbooks is a reproduction of a 1905 book called The New England Cook Book The Latest and the Best Methods for Economy and Luxury at Home. I love this book so much I keep a copy in the reading rack of restroom off of the kitchen to entertain my guests.

About The New England Cook Book The Latest and the Best Methods for Economy and Luxury at Home: “This cookbook is an entertaining collection of recipes (which quickly become stories in themselves) and a fascinating slice of life from a century ago. Egg yolks are ‘yelks’, some recipes require a whole calf’s head (don’t ask about the tongue) and everything is cooked over fire — live, wood-burning fire. With a new foreword by Annie B. Copps.”

The New England Cook Book is a real treat. The book features just about every food and every method possible. Although many of the dishes are old school and require way more prep than the modern cook requires (as in we really don’t need to know how to skin a rabbit) there are many tips and recipes that can be used today. More than anything, The New England Cook Book is an entertaining walk into the kitchens of the past.

The New England Cook Book The Latest and the Best Methods for Economy and Luxury at Home is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.