Quick Dishes–Egg Loaf and Onion Plus Cocoanut Pie–from Quick Cooking: A Book of Culinary Heresies for the Busy Wives and Mothers of the Land, 1888: Two quick dishes from perhaps the first “quick cooking” cookbooks, Flora Haines Loughead’s Quick Dishes–Egg Loaf and Onion Plus Cocoanut Pie–from Quick Cooking: A Book of Culinary Heresies for the Busy Wives and Mothers of the Land, 1888.
Of course we have the cookbook. See it here: https://www.vintagecookbook.com/product/quick-cooking-book-culinary-heresies-busy-wives-mothers-land-1888/
Quick Cooking: A Book of Culinary Heresies for the Busy Wives and Mothers of the Land, 1888: I think this is the oldest cookbook we’ve ever had at VintageCookbook.com! Published in 1888 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, New York and London. Written by One of the Heretics. Copyright held by Flora Haines Loughead, 1887. Hard cover with 283 pages. Cookbook is in excellent antique condition. The spine cover has been mended with clear librarian’s tape. Front and back hinges have also been strengthened with librarian’s tape. Binding is holding. Pages are NOT flaking. Nearly all the pages are clean and clear.
Haines Loughead arranges her cookbook by time. Part I has the “Quickest Dishes Five to Fifteen Minutes.” The last chapter is “The Black List” of dishes that are very time-consuming. 21st century cooks would be absolutely in tune with what the “heretic” writes, “This hand book of cookery contains 630 recipes , tested and vouched for by an experienced cook, 340 of which, if prepared according to the directions, can, severally or in groups, be made ready for the table in from five to fifteen minutes, and 250 of which, require from fifteen to forty minutes, or rarely, an hours time. The few remaining dishes , which consume more time and are distinctly segregated from the rest , are nevertheless greatly abridged, and so planned as to require the least attention.”
Haines Loughead says she is aware “that this cook-book is a revolutionary production. It flies in the face of the accepted tradition that the woman who stands most faithfully over the cook-stove is best deserving of canonization. . . . “Quick Cooking declares that there is no waste in the kitchen so much to be deplored as wasted time.” (Italics are Haines Loughead’s.)
First edition of this remarkable cookbook by an indomitable female journalist. Flora Haines was born in Wisconsin, was married thrice and bore five children. After an abusive marriage she married John Loughhead (pronounced Lockheed), with whom she had two sons. In 1902 they moved to Alma, California where she became a fruitgrower and writer. Her two sons formed the Alco-Hydro-Aeroplane Company, which after several iterations became the Lockheed Corporation. In her eighties, Florence took up prospecting and became an opal miner on the Nevada-California border. Her cookbook is exceedingly difficult to find. See more about her, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_Haines_Loughead