Sunday, December 27, 2009

What Cooking Means to a Woman [circa '1926]

And I quote [from the Silver Cross Cook Book of Moline, Illinois]...
"Cooking means the patience of Job and the persistence of the Pilgrim fathers. It means the endurance, the long suffering and the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. It means the steaming and stewing and baking and boiling thrice daily - springs, summers, autumns and winters - year after year, decade after decade. It means desperation, perspiration, and resignation. It means a crown and a harp and a clear title to an estate in Heaven."
Huh? I thought it simply meant my husband gets dishwashing duty. Does that mean I'm going to hell?

It's good to hear kitchen-ness is next to godliness on a Sunday, eh?


  1. Oh yes...snowed in in Independence since the 24th. Am going to venture out today. Yes, the spot went well and we did it at the Overland Park location. It seems like they've been running it constantly! Got tons of vintage entertaining and cooking books for Christmas. Can't wait to see what you're cooking up for the new year! Stan

  2. What does it mean if my husband cooks most of the time? He's the John of Arc I guess and I suppose those pearly gates won't be apart of my afterlife. Shoot, I better get cookin'.

  3. Hmm. Cooking used to mean a lot to me, but now that I'm only cooking for the dog, it means so much less. I'd rather live vicariously through you yungin's and watch you experiment with all these fun recipes!

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

    PS: Get Stan's book - it's wunnerful!