Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery recipe for Lobster Salad (1845)

Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery recipe for Lobster Salad (1845)

Eliza Acton’s recipe for lobster salad is contemporary with Gilbert & Sullivan’s Thespis. Lobster Salad. First, prepare a sauce with the coral of a hen lobster, pounded and rubbed through a sieve, and very gradually mixed with a good mayonnaise,...
Alice Toklas’   The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954)

Alice Toklas’ The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954)

The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954) suggests that chopped roast beef and chopped chicken with mushrooms make the best picnic sandwiches. However, when these were not enough, Toklas and her partner Gertrude Stein stopped at restaurants where they might dine on Morvan...
C.F.  Leyel’s Picnics for Motorists  (1936)

C.F. Leyel’s Picnics for Motorists (1936)

Leyel’s Picnic for Motorists is designed for an emerging market linking the joy of picnics with the pleasure of motoring. “There are many people with cars who make a regular habit of spending Saturday or Sunday in the country,” Leyel trills, “with a hamper of food,...
Alice Waters’s Picnic Recommendations

Alice Waters’s Picnic Recommendations

When Food & Wine magazine asked Alice Waters, “What would you eat for a summer picnic?” she suggested a take-out picnic because she did not want to cook, especially on a day off. Her picnic prepared by her favorite Japanese restaurant would be grilled...
Charles Ranhofer’s Veal Pie á la Dickens (1920)

Charles Ranhofer’s Veal Pie á la Dickens (1920)

Ranhofer’s Veal pie á la Dickens alludes to Dickens’s Pickwick Papers and Sam Weller’s description of London pies made with cat meat. Ranhofer preferred veal. It’s unclear when he created the dish, but it was not on the menu at a dinner for the...

Recipe from Linda Larned’s One Hundred Picnic Suggestions (1915)

Recipe from Linda Larned’s One Hundred Picnic Suggestions (1915) Chicken Salad   “Cook chicken in boiling water, when half done add salt, a slice each of salt pork, lemon, and onion, a bit of bay leaf, and a piece of red pepper. Cool in the stock, drain, and cut in...
Abby Fisher’s Fried Chicken (1881)

Abby Fisher’s Fried Chicken (1881)

Fisher’s What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Etc.  (1881) Is the second oldest African-American cookbook.  When she does relate food to a particular meal, it’s Breakfast cream cake or Waffles for breakfast.  She does not mention a...