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Banana Cuisine From Yesteryear

Bananas and how to the serve them

Bananas …how to serve them
Meloripe Fruit Company
1941

Many of you will remember one of our most popular books: Be Bold with Bananas. If you have been waiting for another chance to try some banana cuisine, this little gem is waiting for you! Unfortunately, the photography isn’t as suggestive or “bold” as in the other banana book, but it still has some wonderful recipes that you won’t want to miss. My personal favorite:  Banana Meat Loaf (because regular meatloaf is not enough), or how about Ham Banana Rolls? The possibilities of banana cuisine are endless!

You’re welcome,

Mary

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Fabulous Fondue

fondue cookbook cover

The Fondue Cookbook
Merriman
1969

Fondue was the hip food trend back in the day. (Never mind that the Swiss had been doing the fondue thing for centuries.) It was quite chic for my Midwestern small town upbringing. Naturally, any cheese related food trends are sure bets in the Midwest. This book is just okay. I am sure most foodies would be appalled at the use of canned soup. The recipes are pretty standard and this book needs some decent artwork. I did enjoy reading about Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit. As a kid, I was sure it was something to do with rabbits from Wales.

Mary

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Manly Brunches from the South

southern living party cookbook cover

Southern Living Party Cookbook
Marks and Editors of Southern Living Magazine
1972

Are you having to entertain a bunch of seriously rough and masculine men? Have I got the menu for you! You need to make the “He-Man” brunch. I am not sure what makes this particular menu “manly” but, then, I live in Michigan. (I am not sure what a manly man has for brunch around here…maybe a coney and a beer?) For the most part, the recipes are pretty good, although my Swedish grandmother may take issue with the recipe for Swedish meatballs. Southern foodies maybe could explain the tomato cocktail as apposed to a Bloody Mary. They are pretty similar. Maybe the garnishes of watercress or chopped cucumber are the difference. Maybe the watercress and lemon wedges are more masculine than a sprig of celery.

Happy Eating!

Mary

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