Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving recipes from 1896 New Bern

Advertisement from the Elm City Cook Book, 1896.
By John B. Green III

Church fundraising cookbooks are well known today, but they were a new thing in 1890s New Bern.  When the ladies of Centenary Methodist Church decided to raise money for the church, they turned to this new medium.  The resulting Elm City Cook Book was published in 1896 and quickly sold out.  A second, retitled edition, the Best by Test Cook Book was issued in 1908.  Although the recipes were not signed it was stated that they had been "selected from the manuscript collections of ladies of well known culinary skill."

What follows are recipes for a few favorite Thanksgiving dishes as presented in these two cookbooks.

Advertisement from the Best by Test Cook Book, 1908