Well guess what I found Dear Readers?
This 1972 cookbook:
But it isn’t any ordinary cookbook. No, it’s the Illustrated Library of Family Circle Cooking Cookbook and in the introduction it boasts the following features:
- It’s jam packed with recipes! (Hope you like jam.)
- It has an alphabetized index (yes, you read that right, alphabetized) AND it’s conveniently located inside the book itself. (Holy cow!)
But hold onto your forks, Dear Readers, because this is just the beginning!
Let’s take a little journey back in time to marvel at what people actually put in their mouths in 1972 or, as it is sometimes referred to by food historians, 197poo.
A Savory 197poo Stew
Here’s a savory dish of lamb, lima beans and yellow squash. There’s no title for this dish, so I think we should name it ourselves. How about: Be a Lamb and Blindfold Me Because Hopefully It will Taste Better Than It Looks! (I don’t know though because it’s a little long and the publishers might have trouble alphabetizing it for the index.)
“!Mommy! Mommy! Can I Have Dibs on the Scales?”
Ah! The good people at Family Circle know that there’s nothing tastier than a dead fish on a pile of relish with its eyeball covered by a lemon wedge (brilliant btw)! Their challenge lies in getting YOU to think so too! Family Circle attempts to do so thusly:
“Whole Fish comes to the table on a bed of carrots and peppers, The Egg Sauce arrives in its own bowl.”
Now doesn’t that sound better than what we were going to call it which was Dead Fish Scaly Supper?
But what’s the deal with the Egg Sauce? Apparently it can come and go as it pleases and owns a motorized bowl. Which sounds a little advanced for the time period, and I have to think Family Circle is just flat out making stuff up now.
Mmm . . . this checkerboard of canapes received the 197poo Seal of Approval by the Poison Control Center!
Not only would this mysterious array of 197poo canapes be a rousing addition to any party, if one of the guests should happen to swallow something toxic (see above), this was a fast and convenient way to remedy the situation way more stylishly than getting out the Ipecac Syrup.
And finally, there’s nothing like a little Family Circle 197poo Patronization!
Now isn’t it comforting to know that even with our limited intelligence, Family Circle is there for us? After all, explaining things to dumb people is the whole reason for their existence!
Besides there really wasn’t much else to do . . .
Back in 197poo!
Until next time . . . I love you