A Baking Journey back in Cookie Time
My father-in-law recently gifted me a cook book. He knows I love to bake, especially cookies, and snatched this one up for me at a church work day. They were cleaning out the church library and getting rid of all non-essential books and this little gem was one of them. It was a conditional gift, as I had to promise to save him some of the recipes I make from it 🙂
A Proper Cookie Book
The cover is done in Art Deco style and is just beautiful. The writing is so descriptive and proper, with a great introduction and definitions for cooking techniques and equipment. Reading it is like stepping back in time.
The title says it all… well, almost. “Cookies and more Cookies” was written by sisters Lois Lintner Sumption and Marguerite Lintner Ashbrook and published in 1936. This book was being researched and written during the Great Depression which makes it even more intriguing to me. It was also right before WWII, which lasted from 1939 to 1945. The page featuring the German cookie recipes also features a large swastika prominently placed on the page. It makes me wonder if they would have listed German cookies at all if the book had been published just a few years later.
They give a detailed history of cookies, suggestions on when to serve cookies, and even different methods of making them. The interesting thing is that on their suggested equipment page, nothing looks too far off from what we would use today. The only big difference is the fact that they emphasize how much easier life can be with an electric mixer 🙂 I guess that was juts starting to become common place in the ’30s.
If you would like to get this book and come on my baking journey with me, you can find it here.
Here are a few bonus’ I received with my free book…
Saltine Crackers, Anyone?
The book is broken up into chapters by country, starting with the United States of America. I think there are the most cookies from the US than any other, and several cookies have multiple variations and flavors. The thing I found very interesting is the use of saltine crackers as a main ingredient in several recipes!
Here are the countries represented in Cookies and more Cookies:
- Hebrew (Israel)
- There is a Misc. Chapter in containing one or two recipes from the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Bohemia, Greece, Poland
Quite the compilation here!
I’m excited to start my baking journey through this book! Some of these recipes are so intriguing I cannot wait to try them and share it all with you!
Will you bake along with me? Let me know and we’ll compare notes!
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon with my first recipe, with the super exciting title of “Brownies”!