I know where my darling is today and now I know where he was
on October 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm thanks to his purchasing this book for a mere fifty-one cents.
But this is not all about John; this is about the woman who was called "The Nation's Homemaker."
Her name was Ida Bailey Allen (1885–1973). She was a prolific cookbook author, writing over 50, and she wrote a column for Good Housekeeping where she also served as an editor. Her accomplishments were many and you may read more about them with a simple online search as I did. Other bloggers have done posts and Wikipedia also has good information.
I am going to allow this book and Mrs. Allen speak for herself with the following pictures.
She could not have been a perfectionist allowing her signature to be published that way. (I am not one either...don't you think my thumbnail looks odd? That's because I had a snagging event that resulted in my using a lot of fingernail polish to weld it all back together again.)
Many interesting recipes appear in this book first published in 1924. Thought you might especially enjoy making Popcorn Pudding. 😉 Lest I tease too much...have you ever eaten this concoction? Heard of it?
Pronounce it correctly or "they'll" know that you aren't from there!
This was a fun description of Mrs. Allen's first encounter with a microphone.
Does the Pioneer Woman or the Mennonite Girls Can Cook crowd know to include household tips in their cookbooks, hmmmm? After all, we really do need to know how to keep the staff looking presentable.
Honestly, if you want a few hours of fun reading, this book is highly recommended. You probably can find any one of a number of Ida's books at your local flea market.
Edited to Add: There is an important update below on my post of January 23. Sam will be happy if you check it out.ッ