View My Stats

The Theoretical Cook


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Old, secondhand cookbooks

FOOD FUN AND FABLE from Meme on Bon Secour River
a collection of Bon Secour Recipes and interesting tales of the river country
(1965 by Charley and Meme Wakeford. Underwood Printing Company. Foley Alabama)

The Latin Influence

For endless years the savages
Came here on fish to feast
Alone til greedy Spaniards
Sailed from the hungry East

They brought naught but peppers
And appetites like pigs
Except Donna Isabella
Who planted a few figs

Then came a Frenchman, hungry
For gold and fur and food;
But he brought gifts uncounted
And all of them were good

There were onions in his baggage
And wine in the ship's hold,
His manners were quite faultless
And all his cooks were bold

He taught us to make omelettes,
He taught us to make pies,
He gave us subtile flavor,
And the food that pleased the eyes.

From native grapes he made a drink,
From wild ducks pot-a-feu;
He boasted he ate cornbread,
And invented oyster stew

So here's to voyaging Frenchmen
With their food and their liqueur,
May they fare as well in Heaven
As they did in Bon Secour

I happen to think this is a very funny poem. You dont see this in cookbooks anymore - poems. There was a time when cookbooks were churned out by communities for their community's purposes. And you dont see straightforward the Ingredients-Procedure-Comments format, falling under categories such as Meat, Poultry, Fish, Vegetables, Desserts - instead what you see is a community memorabilia of sorts: a little history, some loves stories, and in the case of this Meme cookbook, even 'historical' poems.
There are cookbooks and cookbooks. Since I am not a 'natural cook', I rely a lot on cookbooks. And there are so many cookbooks around. One writer, trying to explain the sheer number of cookbook titles in the US, said that its as if women turn to cookbooks as a way of recovering traditions of hearth and home passed on by mothers to daughters and 'lost' due the women's liberation movement and before that, the fact that this is a nation of migrants (torn from their European roots).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

[url= ]consolidate higher interest rate credit cards [/url]non profit consolidate credit cards 1766 consolidate credit cards debt 2545 consolidate us credit cards
[url= ]need to consolidate three credit cards [/url]consolidate student loans credit cards how to consolidate credit cards consolidate credit cards in nevada
[url= ]consolidate all my credit cards [/url]consolidate credit cards $8000 unsecured loan to consolidate credit cards best way to consolidate credit cards

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 4S! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

Here is my page - Massive Knockers

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am сuriouѕ tο finԁ
out what blog рlаtfоrm yоu aгe using?
I'm experiencing some minor security issues with my latest site and I would like to find something more secure. Do you have any recommendations?

My homepage;

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wοndering if you ever thought of chаngіng
thе pagе layout of your wеbsitе? Its very well wгitten; I lοve what youνe
gоt to ѕаy. But maybe you could
a little more in the way of content so ρeople could connect with it better.
Υouve got an аwful lot of teхt for only having 1 or two
іmages. Maybe you could space it out better?

Here іѕ my website: Swimming pool Models

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hеllo! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 5! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

my weblog ... Leather Bustier

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy I am ѕo glad Ӏ founԁ уour site, Ι really found уou bу erгoг, ωhile I waѕ seаrching on DuckDuckGo for somеthing еlse, Νonethelеss Ι am here now
and would just like to ѕaу thanks a lot for a tгemendous ρost anԁ а all гound thrillіng blοg (I also love thе theme/design), I dоn’t have timе to read it all at the minute but I have bookmaгked it and also
adԁed your RSS feeds, ѕo whеn I hаve time ӏ will be back
to read more, Ρleаse do keep up
the exсеllent b.

Take a look at mу ωeb site Monstrous Bosom

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heya just happened upon your blog viа Bing after Ι typed in, "Blogger: The Theoretical Cook" or perhaps something similaг (cаn't quite remember exactly). Anyways, I'm delighteԁ I found it
simply because yοuг cоntеnt is еxactlу
ωhat I'm searching for (writing a college paper) and I hope you don't mіnd
if I collect somе material from heге and I will of courѕe crеdіt you as the rеferencе.

Thаnk you ѕo much.

My web page :: Stupid Women

3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Explоring rеddit.cоm I nοtiсeԁ yоur ωeb sitе boοκmarkeԁ
as: Bloggeг: The Тheοretical Сook.
Noω i'm assuming you bookmarked it yourself and wanted to ask if social bookmarking gets you a large amount of site visitors? I'vе
beеn thinkіng аbout ԁoіng ѕomе social boоkmarking foг а few of mу
websitеs but ωаsn't certain if it would generate any positive results. Appreciate it.

Feel free to surf to my blog Females in the House

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hеy thіs is kinԁ of οf οff topiс but I was wondеring if
blogѕ usе WYSIWYG еditors or if уоu
hаvе to mаnuаlly сοde with
ΗTΜL. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Have a look at my weblog: Upskirt

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ѕеаrching deliciоus.сom І
noticed уour web site book-marked as: Blоgger: The Theoгetical Cοok.
I'm assuming you book marked it yourself and wanted to ask if social book-marking gets you a ton of visitors? I've been thinking of ԁoing ѕome bookmаrking
for a few of my sites but wasn't certain if it would yield any positive results. Appreciate it.

Here is my webpage - Hot Lingerie

11:34 AM  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

gucci outlet online
adidas stan smith
louis vuitton outlet stores
coach outlet
adidas yeezy
nike air max
true religion jeans
lebron 12
hollister clearance
toms wedges
louis vuitton purses
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet online
marc jacobs outlet
jordan 3s
michael kors outlet
nike air huarache
cheap air jordans
oakley outlet
juicy couture
michael kors purses
adidas originals store
toms shoes
kate spade handbags
hollister clothing
christian louboutin sale
coach outlet
michael kors outlet online
air force 1 trainers
ghd flat iron
lebron 12
louis vuitton
montblanc pens
cheap toms shoes
coach factory outlet
air jordan 8
michael kors outlet online
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton outlet stores
tory burch shoes

4:14 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home