Bull Cook Authentic Historical Recipes Practices: Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices. Published in 1960, this is one of the world’s wackiest cookbooks, in my humble opinion. Written by George Leonard Herter and Berthe Herter, this cookbook has Bat Masterson’s recipe for “Prairie Dog” (aka “hot dog,”) Queen Astrid’s (of Belgium) recipe for salmon, and instructions on how to track, kill, clean, and cook just about every creature on the planet. Hardcover. 352 pages. Cover has a large red stain. Inside, the book is in as new condition. (Marked down from $48.00.) There’s a section called “In Case of a Hydrogen Bomb Attack You Must Know The Ways of the Wilderness To Survive.” Has a section on cocktails, on making beer, on how to make Canadian whiskey, and more.
Herter’s was a sporting goods company in Minnesota from 1939 until 1994. (See a short, sweet history by writer Bill Klein, here: http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/blogs/128596073.html.) They mailed out the Herter’s catalog across the world. My own sportsman father poured over that catalog until it became dog-earred. He kept the back issues in a special cabinet at our lake cottage in Indiana. When I first discovered these cookbooks, I was astonished. Mr. Herter was a crazy man!
I digress as much as Herter did.
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