P.E.O. Cookbook: Souvenir Edition

David E. Schoonover, Editor University of Iowa Press $19 (232p) ISBN 978-0-87745-370-3
This reprint of a 1908 women's society cookbook, the first title in the Iowa Szathmary Culinary Arts series, is the equivalent of a Junior League cookbook published 100 years hence: it is both a curiosity and a cultural artifact. The recipes provide a glimpse of Knoxville, Iowa, at a certain time--well-to-do enough to include nearly a dozen recipes featuring oysters, yet so restrained by the limits of transcontinental transport that no fruit recipes feature pineapples. Reflecting turn-of- the-century America, preparation methods lean toward excess: foods are creamed, escalloped, deep-fried, baked, or served cold with mayonnaise dressing. Above all, the book illustrates the consuming task that cooking was, even in a wealthy community less than a century ago. A simple creamed chicken recipe, for example, required stewing, cooking and chopping a whole chicken and sweetbreads, making a white sauce, then baking both for 20 minutes in a serving dish topped with butter and cracker crumbs--all for a dish that is merely ``nice for luncheons.'' As an original source, the P.E.O. Cook Book will appeal to food historians and, possibly, the wider audience keen on the retro books of Jane and Michael Stern. Louis Szathmary is proprietor of The Bakery, a long-time Chicago restaurant; his vast cookbook collection provided the basis for the series. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.