I just love looking through old recipes. They tell a tale of times gone past and are an interesting read, which is why I was excited to see the new range of old recipe books from Historic Newspapers. They’ve taken the best recipes from the newspapers of the time and added in a few adverts and articles for colour and produced books which capture the essence of the decade in perfect detail.
The books are available from the 1930s through to the 1990s. I chose 1930s and 1970s from the group as I wanted to choose some eras which would make for great recipes!
The 1930s book looks back on the economic challenges people faced during the period, and effectively dealt with surviving the aftermath of The Wall Street Crash of 1929. At the beginning of the decade, unemployment was widespread across the UK, but people with jobs saw a vast improvement in the home environment, meaning nourishing meals for the whole family.
Featuring health advice for the industrious housewives, the recipes of this decade were aimed at the domestic goddess to create dashing meals. Create your own 1930s Food from recipes that made the decade iconic, like the popular ‘Lemon Bakewell Tart’.
70s Britain was a period of social progressive values. There was a growing awareness on the liberalisation of women, from figures like Margret Thatcher – the first female prime minster, as well as newspaper icons like Delia Smith. A women’s stability in the workplace was increasing, and with the majority of women in employment, it was essential for fast and tasty meals, featured in this 1970s Recipe Book.
Thanks to the fridge-freezer revolution, recipes in this book reminisce those fast-paced days of the working mum. From well-known 1970 Recipes like Delia’s ‘Treacle Roley Poley’, to Penny’s ‘Bean and Rice Casserole’ – learn about the 1970s Dishes that meant quick and healthy foods for the busy family.
With tips to create enjoyable grub out of frozen veggies, the Family Food Guide column was vital for working mums and hungry mouths to produce quick, nutritious meals.
A great gift for any cook or anyone interested in history, or for yourself. I’m going to collect the whole series.
Visit www.historic-newspapers.co.uk for more information and to purchase. From £12.99 each, these can also be personalised.