Category Archives: novelty

Cleaning Out the Basement–Pardon my Foie Gras

I love books like this–blithe and bright, they have an American exceptionalism attitude that says we get to eat and enjoy good things. It’s full of cliches like casque-helmeted policeman, the kiosk, and fleur de lis. This 1956 book is … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Mind Your Own Business

This book was published to celebrate the Vassar Cooperative Bookstore’s 20th anniversary, and was given as a gift to the Cooperative’s 2,000 members who lived all over the world and shared in the shop’s profits. Alumna, Marion Bacon had founded … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–George the Housewife

George the Housewife is another book from the lot picked up at Weschler’s auction house; the gold cover caught my eye and the title sold me. My husband, named George, is many things, but not a housewife. This needed to … Continue reading

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Cookies & Beer, Together at Last

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. –Mark Twain I doubt this is the book you’ve been waiting for, but I’ll bet there’s someone you … Continue reading

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I Love a Box!

I’ve always loved words. I ate up all the books I could get my hands on, and when I couldn’t get books, I read candy wrappers and labels on cereal and toothpaste boxes. –Judy Holliday I love words too, and … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement: The Gentleman’s Companion

Charles Henry Baker, Jr. was born in Florida and died in Florida, but in between, he married well (to an heiress he met while working on a cruise) and traveled the world writing about food and drink for Esquire, Gourmet, … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest Summer 2014–Lunchbox Gourmet

Let’s not make the end of summer too painful. In fact, let’s try to get excited about it.¬†And let’s start with lunch. A little bit of care, a little bit of spice can be a welcome message from home. Whether … Continue reading

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Blender Bling

I’m always so excited when I find new ways to bake with diamonds!

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Popcorn! 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes

Of all the snacks, popcorn seems to be the most healthy (despite what the Center for Science in the Public Interest says) and, as Beckerman proves in this book, it certainly is the most versatile, especially when you make it … Continue reading

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Montgomery Prize Ham

I love words, I love letters, and I love the stories and images they bring to mind. When a colleague showed me this recipe, unearthed in her historical research, I was charmed. I started playing around on the computer to … Continue reading

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