Today's mail held this gem from reader Joan Hughes of Akron.
Hughes found it in a box of memorabilia that belonged to her late mother-in-law, Lewellyn Golsberry Hughes, a longtime Akron resident.
Lewellyn was a dedicated Akron Beacon Journal reader (I love her already) and loved to clip recipes from the food seciton.
If you can't read the fine print, it's a recipe book from 1941, for the Better Meals Cooking School which was sponsored by the ABJ on Oct. 28, 29, and 30, 1941 (That's 70 years ago this month.) "Better Meals Mean Better Health for Home Defense" the title reads. At this point, the U.S. was still pre-Pearl Harbor, so the country wasn't yet into serious meat rationing. (Which would explain the recipes for standing rib roast, short rib stew and stuffed breast of veal, that and the fact that the school was also sponsored by the National Live Stock and Meat Board).
The school was held at 8:45 a.m. each day the Loew's Theatre. The booklet contains recipes for a whole week's worth of meals, including side dishes and desserts.
I'm chuckling over a statement in the book that says, "Why meat in the diet protects health," that and "Nutritionists recommend liver once a week." How times and eating habits have changed!
I know plenty of others have little treasures like this hiding in boxes in basements all over Akron and the area.
I'm so thankful to Joan for sharing it with me and will keep it in a special place here at the Beacon Journal.