Antique Recipes

Blankenberg Beef from Belgian Cook-Book, 1915

Blankenberg Beef from Belgian Cook-Book, 1915: I said in my description of this cookbook that the recipes could be remarkably vague. You’ll see that here. How much lentils? How much beef? Etc.?

Blankenberg Beef from Belgian Cook Book

Blankenberg Beef from Belgian Cook Book

Yes, we have the cookbook. See it here:

Belgian Cook-Book, 1915, First Edition, First Printing: Charming, opinionated, and amazing vague little cookbook edited by Mrs. Brian Luck. Published by E. P. Dutton & Company, New York. Hard cover with red linen-covered boards with gold embossing. No dust jacket. 151 pages. Binding sound, cover has slight shelf wear. Pages are uniformly tanned, but all clean and clear. Cook book was never used. Definitely gift quality.

Mrs. Luck says in her preface that the recipes had been sent by Belgian refugees from all parts of the United Kingdom. “It is thought, also, that British cooking may benefit by the study of Belgian dishes.” Mrs. Luck writes with many interesting allusions to love. “A shelf of provisions should be valued, like lovemaking, not only for itself but for what it may become.” And, “the good cook must learn about food what every sensible woman learns about love–how best to utilize the cold remains.”