Random Choice | The Modern Family Cookbook

by Meta Given, 1942

It’s in this classic old cookbook that we find The Creeds.

The Meal Planner’s Creed

The health of my family is in my care, therefore–
I will spare no effort in planning the right kinds of food in the right amounts.

Spending the food dollar for maximum value is my job, therefore–
I will choose from variously priced foods to save money without sacrificing health.

My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility, therefore–
I will increase their pleasure by planning for variety, for flavorful dishes, for attractive color, for appetizing combinations.

My family’s health, security, and pleasure depend on my skill in planning meals, therefore–
I will treat my job with the respect that is due it.

The Food Shopper’s Creed

The health of my family is in my care, therefore–

I will base my market list on meals planned according to the “DIET PATTERN” p. 4

I will choose foods of quality and in quantities that will provide the nutritive elements planned for.

Stretching the food dollar is part of my responsibility, therefore–

I will take advantage of what the seasonal markets offer in variety, quality, and price, to the end that I may exchange my dollar for maximum values.

My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility, therefore–

I will use the possibilities of the market to provide variety, excellent quality and novelty within the limits of my food budget.

Purchasing food is an important link in the business of feeding my family, therefore–

I will make every effort to weight possibilities offered by various markets, by various foods, and the forms in which they are offered from season to season, to the end that I may take pride in a job well done.

The Cook’s Creed

The health of my family is in my care, therefore– I will preserve as far as possible the nutritive elements in foods which are delivered to me.

My family’s enjoyment of food is in my care, therefore– I will preserve and enhance the attractive qualities of the foods with which I work.

Stretching the food dollar is part of my responsibility, therefore– I shall take such care of foods that none will spoil. I will use left-overs with thought and skill.

A well-prepared dish and an appetizing meal are a creative achievement, therefore– I shall derive happiness from work itself.

Good food is of prime importance to my family, therefore– I shall take pride in doing an outstanding job of cooking.