Manufacturers loved releasing cookbooks. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase their must have new gadgets for the modern kitchen. It really is no different from today. The only difference is that there is a prim, proper looking lady on the cover of this cookbook… not jail-bird Vince begging you to slap chop his nuts.
This particular cookbook is the 1906 edition of the Enterprising Housekeeper. It cost $.25, which wasn’t just chump change at the time. Nowadays it would cost you $5.99. When was the last time you bought a new cookbook for that price?
The Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, PA made a wide variety of kitchen machines. Everything from coffee grinders, cherry stoners, every type of mill you could think of, even raisin and grape seeders. This cookbook is truly lovely, with beautiful illustrations on the front and back cover, and throughout. There are so many wonderful recipes in here that I will share over the next few weeks. I could post 50 recipes a day and be happy as a clam. Hopefully everyone will be happy as clams to read and enjoy them. As always, if you are looking for something specific, please comment anywhere on my blog or email me. I’ll be more than happy to see if I can dig up what you are looking for.
I also have another version of this cookbook, from around 1901 I believe. The recipes are pretty much the same, but it has a much plainer cover. I will be sure to look through there as well and post anything that catches my eye.