You Asked For It: 1951
November 22, 2015
It’s January 1951 at Gourmet, and the editors are celebrating the magazine’s tenth anniversary by reprinting their most frequent requests. The article offers a few fascinating – and often surprising – insights into what America was eating in the middle of the last century. The recipes literally span the globe. Here are a few that most intrigued me. (Others include Shrimp Creole, Coq au Vin, Chopped Chicken Livers, Onion Soup, Salt Rising Bread and that most ubiquitous of recipes, Lindy’s Strawberry Cheesecake.)
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Ruth, thank you for posting these historic gems.
I was a subscriber to Gourmet from 1967 until it ceased publication. I still miss it and have found no other food magazine to take its place. I still have recipes from the You asked For It column and use them happily. Thanks for sharing these.
Thank you so much for all the recipes especially the pralines. Do you have a tip for a quality candy thermometer? I have a cart full of failed thermometers!
The recipe for the Lebkuchen ends with “candied cherries,”. Was there anything else after that might be missing?
Sad you brought up the question for coq au vin but did not print the recipe.
I too enjoy both your writing and the spark of inspiration provided by the old recipes. I know I can find recipes for coq au vin….there is always Julia at the very least.But I am curious about the 1950s Gourmet magazine version.
Dear Bill and Susan,
You’re absolutely right! Mea culpa. I’m posting that recipe now.
In the 1980’s I was living in the States and had a subscription to the Gourmet Magazine.
I would receive the magazine each month and read the recipes as I read poetry ,with the same enthusiasm and passion , and that passion was reflected in tasty results in the kitchen .
There was a recipe of Pulla bread with sweet condensed milk that I would bake every week for a long time. I have lost that recipe and would appreciate if you could send it to me so I can go back and bake Pulla again.