A Great Old Seattle Cookbook

May 16, 2017

Last week’s plucky Portland cookbooks left me eager for more from the Pacific Northwest.  So here’s the first of several books, published between 1896 and 1944, that offer a small taste of early Seattle. Keep in mind that when Clever Cooking was first published in 1896, white settlements were less than 50 years old. 

Old cookbooks often show traces of their former owners. But I’ve rarely seen a cookbook as personal as this copy of Clever Cooking, which Mary Packard has written all over. 

Here’s a sweet, economically-minded detail: 

This rice pudding cream pie (of sorts) looks delicious: 

And then the book itself. Here’s a beautiful omelette recipe:

Chop 4 dozen truffles.. Perhaps to be serve alongside the definitively titled…

I find Mrs. Bone’s Kentucky Roll so confusing I almost have to try it:

And last, the original vegan gelatin: sea moss farine was made of the seaweed known as Irish moss or carrageenen.

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