What’s Cookin’ in the ’50s, or Where’s a Good Place to Get a Steak?
The cover of the popular 1955 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book says it is for the Hostess & Host of tomorrow. A deliciously exact reprint of the red plaid 1955 cookbook for kids. Original vintage illustrations, full-color ’50s-style images, and pages that appear gently aged. The book has a practical side too! Easy-to-use tabbed chapters including beverages, breads and sandwiches, candy and cookies, desserts, main dishes, and vegetables and Sides. This fun heirloom gift is perfect to give to children who are just beginning to cook.
The first place I turned to find out what folks were eating in the 50s was to my mother. Seemed reasonable, she was in her early 20s at the time, so I figured she would be full of great recipes for 1950s home cooking. I was a bit surprised by her recollection, as it seems steak was on the menu in the 1950s.
According to her, when friends came over or people went out to eat, they ordered steak. No chicken, no fish (“oh god no, if you were going to go out, you were going to have a steak” was how she put it), no fancy gourmet pasta, dinner was meat, steak if you could choose, along with a salad and some French bread (maybe a vegetable too).
Appetizers consisted of booze; beer, wine or martinis, but according to her, no one got drunk. I told her to ask some of her friends about what they ate and she said:
“Why should I do that? I just told you what we ate, Steak!”
Then I said I needed three independent sources to run the story which somehow made sense to her, so she said she’d ask. Stay tuned, we just may break the story:
“Extra Extra, People Ate Steak in the 50’s”
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