Trying to re-create those favorites today may leave you scratching your head, especially if Grandma never recorded those recipes (a good chef never reveals her secrets, after all). But thanks to Bartleby.com, you might be able to find clues online to those bygone meals.
The free site, dedicated to digitizing classic books, recently added The Boston Cooking School Cook Book to its online library. You’ll find the 1918 edition in its entirety at <www.bartelby.com/87>. It contains classic recipes for just about every category of food, from puddings and potatoes to sauces and sweetbreads.
But Fannie Merritt Farmer’s classic cooking tome is more than just a collection of recipes.
Farmer promoted “scientific cookery, which means the elevation of the human race.” (See, you knew Grandma’s chocolate cake was good for you!) So besides listing how many teaspoons of sugar or soda to add, Farmer explains the proper methods for brewing tea or coffee, tells you when to boil and when to broil, and explains why you really should butter your wheat bread.
From the August 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine