James Beard’s Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, 1960

One of he best things about going to stay at other people’s places is getting to frisk, unassisted, through their share of personal recipe and book collections. This 1960’s James Beard cookbook was found at a relative’s place, tucked up on a top shelf. I couldn’t resist posting it.

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In a section called THE LARDER:
(The picture above)
 came with the following quote:

“Our cellar in the month of OCTOBER was a picture behold: newly SMOKED HAM and sausages, GRAVENSTEIN APPLES, (an apple native to Gråsten in South JutlandDenmarkfilling the air with fragrant, root vegetables, WHEELS OF CHEESE—all these BESPOKE THE GLORIES that would be ours in the COMING WINTER” 

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In a section called ‘PICNICS AND TRIPS’
(The picture above) came with the following menu ideas:

‘LUXURY PICNIC FOR TWO’
Menu

CHAMPAGNE in COOLER
BOX OF PATE in COOLER
TIN of PROSCUTTO, COLD MELON
CONTAINER of LOBSTER NEWBURGH
PATTY SHELLS, CRISP ROLLS
CAMEMBERT CHEESE, BASKET of FRUIT
THERMOS of EXPRESSO COFFEE

It advises:
Use the Chemex cooler and take EXTRA CHAMPAGNE to drink through lunch. LOVELY CHINA and linen and BACCARAT CRYSTAL, your best silver, and good KITCHEN KNIVES (for carving and peeling Melon) are a must”.

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In a section called ‘A BOATING PARTY’
(The picture above) came with the following menu ideas:

CORN-CHEESE CHILI
QUICK CHOUCROUTE GARNIE
SAILOR’S DELIGHT
(A mixture of chicken cut into pieces, with rice, canned tomatoes, artichoke hearts and canned shrimp)
BEANS and FRANKFURTERS HEL-SEN
(Frankfurters are simmered in a mixture of browned bacon, onions, garlic, curry and chili powder and a jar of beans) 

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The book was published by Golden Press, Inc and Ridge Press, Inc. With beautiful images shot by John Stewart. To get this book click here.

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