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September 15, 2006

A Thousand Ways To Please A Husband

In previous posts Badger and I have spoken of a few older books we have enjoyed. One that we share is A Thousand Ways To Please A Husband (with Bettina's Best Recipes).

It is a delightful old book written in a quaint story form so as to impart household tips, economy of the household budget and recipes. Some of the recipes I find to be not to my pallet but others I have tried or plan to try.

I thought today I would share a bit of the book with you all. I scanned a few pages so you could enjoy it just as Badger and I have.

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The book is in excellent condition. There is very little wear.


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I love the inscription here. Edith purchased the book in 1925 with money her father had given her for Christmas. That just pleases me to no end for some reason. I do wonder if it was new or used by the time she came about it.


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Soory, Badger, my books is the 1917 edition.


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The book is filled with these little poems and rhymes.


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Sometimes you just should not turn down a supper out.


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I don't think I care for creamed tuna on toast.


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I love the idea of her emergency shelf. However I think that is what we would refer to as our stocked pantry and I keep a lot more in there than she does.


On the homefront, Steven is 7 months old. I am not so sure I am ready for this just yet.

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All your spoons belong to me!.


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It's all behind me now!

Posted by Angie at September 15, 2006 09:51 AM

Comments

I think I'll skip the creamed tuna recipe too.

Posted by: InterstellarLass at September 15, 2006 12:53 PM

Angie! Knowing you like these types of books as much as I do, I'm so glad you have this one! I'm not even jealous that yours is an original edition. :) Yours looks to be in slightly better condition than mine, too.

I had to grab mine and compare. Mine doesn't have the dedication but it does have the little poems at the beginning of each month. The illustration on page 11 in mine is different -- Bettina is wearing an early 40s-style suit and we can only see Bob from behind. The text and recipes are exactly the same, except that she's just wearing a "trim percale apron" and the tuna in my book calls for "1 T-pimiento cut fine".

I love this book so much. My parents gave it to me for my birthday one year. They like to browse through antique stores and whenever they come across one of these old books that they don't think I have, they buy it for me. How lucky am I?! This particular book had a bunch of recipes inside the back cover that had been snipped from newspapers and magazines. One of them is dated 1931 but the other ones don't have dates. There's an advertisement for Ivory Snow, regular package 10 cents!

I should mention that I also collect women's magazines from the WWII era and earlier. My oldest are some Ladies' Home Journals from the late 1800s. I think they're reprints but I don't care!

Posted by: Badger at September 15, 2006 05:06 PM

Angie, my mom had some old cookbooks that you would have loved! Too bad I didn't "know" you then. Uh-oh, is Steven crawling? Now the easy days are over!

Posted by: kenju at September 15, 2006 11:27 PM