America

How America Eats | An old cookbook

For twelve years–beginning 1948–Clementine Paddleford traveled around the country collecting material for her now classic book, How America Eats (1960). Each set of recipes she gathered from farm wives, diner cooks, restaurant chefs, or just the lady in town famous for her caramels is prefaced by an introduction to the person and place.

Happy Thanksgiving, Stanley Miles

Linus van Pelt: In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that …

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Off Topic Wednesday

I thought it might be fun to allow some off-topic posts mid-week. Not wildly off topic! But I know Marcia, for example, has a home filled with interesting old things not related directly to books. I’m thinking things you have or come across that you think The Old Books Blog folk would appreciate. Since you …

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“Rounding a Bend” on the Mississippi

The Parting Salute From Currier & Ives Chronicles of America. John Lowell Pratt, ed. Promontory Press, New York. 1968. This is one of several coffee table books about art (broadly construed) that I revolve through as times and seasons change. It’s fun to feature something different every few weeks. Sadly, I do not have a coffee …

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“Sugaring Off”

The work of Grandma Moses, Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961), is beautifully presented in the coffee table book, Grandma Moses (Otto Kallir, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, New York, 1973). Her fall and winter scenes are among my favorites–probably because I can enjoy the aesthetic wonder of cold weather life …

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Guide to Daily Reading 11/9/22

J.J. Astor II was the son of the patriarch of the Astor family, and grandfather of J.J. IV, richest man in the world at the time of his death aboard the Titanic. R.B. Roosevelt was Teddy’s uncle and a New York attorney (Britannica, 1962 under TR). Nathaniel Sands has no Wiki page and I do …

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