Boys in the Kitchen

First Book of Boys' CookingThe First Book of Boys’ Cooking

Gotta love the titles that pre-date ME!
Love the recipes and I noticed that even the language would be archaic by today’s standards.  Would kids even know that a fridge was known as an “icebox”?  This really does belong in an archive.  What a great find!  I have even included a few recipes since I am sure you young men out there would love to know the secrets of exceptional cooking!


Manmade Salad

Raw carrot sticks

  1. WOW…… just, wow. You mean I’ve been making my salads wrong this whole time because I never knew the base was lettuce???

  2. Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to me, now back at your man, now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me, but if he stopped using that archaic book above and began to use [insert book title here], he could cook like me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the man your man could cook like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s an dinner plate covered in that thing you love. Look again, the plate is now chocolate. Anything is possible when your man cooks with [insert title here] and not a boy’s book. I’m on a horse.

    … sorry. XDDDD

    1. That was SOOPER BRILLIANT! Not only do I love the Old Spice Guy, but my husband has a boy-crush on him too.

  3. Carrot sticks? CARROT STICKS!?!?! You need a recipe for carrot sticks? Even a man is not that addle pated.

  4. Wow! Does it seem strange to anyone else that a salad is described as something men are experts at making?

    1. What got me was not so much the “experts” bit as the “will call for ingredients in a restaurant” bit. Are there men out there who would demand salad ingredients from the restaurant kitchen to make his own salad there?

      1. Yeah, I’ve seen guys ask for V&O. Observe their manly savoir faire as they pour a little of each on their salad.

      2. That was a popular man-swank thing in the 1920s, at least in the US and UK. Men who prided themselves on their gourmethood would be all “Waiter, bring me oil and vinegar and powdered mustard and a clove of garlic and some sugar” and then mix their own salad dressing in a cruet at the table.

        Which is where the tradition of having the waiters mix the Caesar salad at the table came from; to get these clowns to shut their yaps.

    2. I agree! Wasn’t eggs a type of food cooked by men too? I’m glad they spell out the food-related gender roles for us. I’m taking notes.

  5. In my house, the man does the cooking (well, the more elaborate cooking – day to day stuff is grab and go and done by both) while the woman is the expert when it comes to salads.
    Sadly, I have no salad bowl to treasure, however.

  6. Oh thank you! I’ve been looking for that recipe for carrot sticks FOREVER!

    Actually, I would think the boys of today would probably go for the bagged baby carrots.

  7. Does being 30 still count as being a kid? I know what an icebox is. Meanwhile, carrot sticks also work very well as a school snack. What other recipes are in this book?

  8. “Never wash a wooden salad bowl” — BLECH! I think Dear Abby actually had to write a column to bust this myth, to remind people not to give their guests and families food poisoning. Gross! And, for the record, I have never seen a man “call for salad ingredients” to be brought to the table at a restaurant, so he can mix it himself. Who are they talking about, the Galloping Gourmet? Don Draper would never be caught dead mixing anything but a stiff drink.

    1. The trick is less “never wash your salad bowl” and more “be sure you’re gentle and rinse it well, then oil it with non-cooking but non-toxic oils”

  9. Man made salad? sounds like something you learn in prison after you drop the soap

  10. That one paragraph, I thought they were going to say that the man tosses the salad right at the table!

    That’d be awkward huh?

  11. “the day to day cooking for the family is USUALLY done by a woman.”


    Good ole’ 50’s! Mrs. Cleaver would be proud!

  12. Gosh, how have I survived this long without a man constantly on hand to make salad dressing for me? (It’s funny how attitudes change – I’m pretty sure most Americans now consider salad an extremely feminine meal option.)

    1. Paper towels in the 50s? I don’t remember that, but maybe we couldn’t afford them. Real iceboxes weren’t much in use by the 50s, I think most people had fridges (Frigidaires), but the term has carried on to this day.

    2. The salad bowl myth probably gained a certain amount of cachet from the cleaning requirements of cast iron cookware. Doesn’t keep it from being gross, but I’m guessing that’s probably how it caught on the way it did.

  13. The day-to-day cooking is usually done by a woman, but the man is the expert salad maker?

    Wait until I tell my husband. In our house, he does 90 percent of the cooking, except I always make the salads.

    I would LOVE to see a man mix up his own salad at the table of a fine restaurant! Way to impress a date, I think.

    And apropos of nothing, I like the illustrator’s name, but it sounds like he should be starring in westerns or cop shows.

    1. I can think of a few patrons I’ve met who need a recipe for tap water. Carrot sticks would be too complex for them.

  14. Oh man, the next time we go to Applebee’s, I’m so gonna get my husband to ask for the salad ingredients so he can mix the salad at the table.

  15. Really why is he setting the table in his hat and coat? Obviously they didn’t catch any fish with that fishing pole since they are cooking eggs! I have to say I didn’t even know it was possible to write a recipe for carrot sticks, lol;)

    1. Look at the clock, and look out the window. It’s apparently 3 AM, and junior’s cookin’ eggs.

      One of two things is the case:
      1. Father and son are about to go on a fishing trip, and naturally they’ll need to keep their strength up with some eggs! Mother has already prepared a packet of sandwiches and a thermos each of coffee and lemonade for their lunch out on the lake. (Junior also fixed some of his famous carrot sticks.)

      2. Father just got home from an evening of “fishing” at the local watering hole. Father is a happy drunk at this point, but Junior knows that this could change in an instant, and Mother is still recovering from Father’s last binge, so he has gotten out of bed to fix something to soak up the liquor in Father’s stomach. Don’t break those yolks, Junior!

    2. wait now…i read the cover as that they’re up early, about to GO fishing-father and son. the clock says 3am, right? either that or 12;15 which makes even less sense.

      and how does salad require ‘expertise ‘at all? i mean; we’re not calculating space shuttle re-entry vectors, are we?

    3. Check the clock. It’s 3 AM they’re eating breakfast before a day of fishing. Very manly.

      1. At least they have the decency to leave Mom out of it! Note that Junior knew enough to get to the stove ahead of Dad.

  16. How times have changed. In the more rugged, man-driven times of the 1950s salad was “a man’s work.” Now adays salads are “a girlie thing.”

    Maybe the olden days weren’t as repressed as people would have us believe.

    We don’t own any wooden bowls now, but I do remember my mom not only washing them, but using bleach in boiling hot water to kill any germs hiding in the bowl, then rinsing them super well and leaving them out to air dry.

    Which is probably why we don’t have any anymore.

  17. I laughed soooo hard I nearly inhaled a piece of Pop Tart!

    We always tease my husband because he was a salad maker at a now defunct restaurant. Our sons make sure we ALL know he was the expert!

    I NEED this book.

  18. I never knew men were expert salad makers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy making a salad at his table in a restaurant. If he needs a recipe for carrot sticks, maybe he should leave the salad making to the professionals.

    On the cover, why is the dad wearing his hat and jacket in the kitchen? Did his wife and son intercept him on his way out to his poker game or something? “Honey, I’m trying to show Junior that men can help out in the kitchen. Set a good example!”

  19. OK, in defense of this book, it probably wasn’t such a bad idea at the time. My dad grew up in the 50s and 60s in a very traditional household, and when he graduated from college, he didn’t know how to cook anything. He can cook now, but if he had had this book, maybe he would have eaten something other than bacon and Steak n Shake during his single years!

  20. Maybe by making the salad dressing at the table of a restaurant they mean asking for oil and vinegar? If you ask for oil and vinegar instead of another dressing, they will bring it in two bottles and you can put as much of either on your salad as you want along with any salt and pepper that you want. Maybe that’s what they’re talking about?

  21. I guess salad spinners weren’t invented yet in 1957? I think using a salad spinner is the best part of making a salad. And no wonder my raw carrot sticks never turn out right–I missed the step about putting them in a glass of water in the fridge for an hour. Is there also a recipe for boiling water? Just in case.

  22. Its not just the fact that there is arecipie for carrot sticks… its that they turned it into a four step process.
    A whole page for carrot sticks and nothing has been cooked… Boiling water must be a chapter.

  23. Wow. This book is so condescending. It’s good to know that both sexes were treated like infants during the 1950s.

  24. Looks like Dad has one of those fancy fishing hats on with the lures and tackle attached to the hat. And he is setting the table. Too bad they’ll have to eat standing up since there aren’t any chairs. But they’ll be sitting in the boat soon enough I guess.

  25. This book was rendered obsolete with the invention of instant ramen & the Manwich.


  26. No one is going to comment on the illustrator’s name??? I mean, can it get any better — especially for this book’s subject — than Dick Dodge?

    1. “J” posted “And apropos of nothing, I like the illustrator’s name, but it sounds like he should be starring in westerns or cop shows.”

  27. Ok, just looked at the cover again… these “boys” are going out for an early morning fishing trip and jrn is cooking the high protein egg brekkie. The women folk are still a-bed at this early hour getting their beauty sleep. Cute.

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  29. 3 AM and I gotta have some eggs!
    Just how do you get a kid up that early in the morning to make eggs? Plus he’s so perky!
    Not reality at all.

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  31. “Never wash a salad bowl”. That takes me back to the days of 7th grade home-ec (required class for girls) when my partner and I got in trouble for washing the cutting board. The teacher scolded us and told us a wooden cutting board should never be immersed in water; only wiped clean. How are we all still alive?

  32. I’m only 22, and I grew up calling my fridge an “icebox”. It’s a regional thing–I’m from a small town in the southern U.S., and everyone called their fridges “iceboxes”. It took me a long time to learn to say “fridge” instead.

  33. Look out that window. Is it my imagination or do White-Bread Single Dad and his son live within walking distance of the ancient Egyptian pyramids?