Friday, November 04, 2005

cooking-related ephemera

Since I apparently have no time anymore to cook, all I can offer is some food-related online archival entertainment. Take a look at this database of advertising cookbooks.

My favorite are the jell-o ads, especially this one of a man rushing to save his jell-o from the path of an oncoming train (and who wouldn't do the same, really?)


Blogger tara said...

If you like this, you'll also enjoy James Lileks, particularly his Gallery of Regrettable Food, but do check out his other collections of ephemera as well. As for the rest of his blogging, let's just say I became disillusioned about him when he suddenly decided after 9/11 that he should take up political blogging, but when he's not writing about politics, he's spot-on hilarious.

All this talk of ephemera makes me want to go rummage through the postcards at an antique store. I love reading what people wrote on them almost more than the pictures.

11:52 AM  
Blogger tara said...

Check out this page from a wartime rationing cookbook. They're hawking some sort of elixir for women who exhibit "excessive ambition." Heh.

Or this one, which asks, "Are Women Naturally Despondent?" (answer: Not anymore with Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound!)

Thanks for the link, Melissa!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I like going to library used book sale and perusing the old cookbooks, because they're often along the lines of "Bisquick and Jell-o: Breakfast and Dessert" or "Microwaving: The New Revolution." How far we've come!

8:36 AM  

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