Antique Recipes

Stracciatella in Brodo di Gallina from Leone’s Italian Cookbook, 1967

Stracciatella in Brodo di Gallina from Leone’s Italian Cookbook, 1967: Here’s a great version of the classic Italian egg drop soup.

Of course we have the cookbook. See it here:

Leone’s Italian Cookbook, by Gene Leone, Foreward by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Published in 1967 by Harper and Row, New York. Hard cover with dust jacket, 244 pages. Book is mint. Dust jacket has a few very minor dings. Over 300 recipes from restaurant started in New York City by Mother Leone in 1906. Mother Leone started her restaurant in her living room. In 1959, the restaurant would serve as many as 6000 clients every evening. Along with the restaurant’s recipes, Leone presents the history of the restaurant and many ancedotes involving some of their devoted clients, including President Truman, President Eisenhower, Enrico Caruso, Victor Herbert, Liberace, and W. C. Fields.

At we try to provide you with your mother’s cookbook! I know lots of current recipe bloggers write proudly that their recipes are “not from your mother’s cookbook.” We think the recipes in your mother’s cookbook provided food that was nutritious and warm and colorful and just plain yummy! We know that just looking at the cover of your mother’s Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book makes you feel good. Holding her Betty Crocker Cookbook, or her Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping Cookbook in your hands is better than nostalgic. And cooking some of those dishes for your children will pass on a great tradition.