Celebrating history, one recipe at a time

April 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

It’s a hot and muggy April day here in the Northeast yet there are still piles of snow on the ground in some places! Too hot to bake or maybe I’m just tired. This week I’m going to feature a cookie book filled with many cookies.

One of my favorite gifts for Christmas was the Gourmet Cookie Book which features beautiful photographs of the single best cookie recipes each year from 1941-2009.  Thank you, dear friend Loretta and the editors of Gourmet! Too bad Gourmet is no longer being published.

The book is an illustrated cookie history of the U.S., but also provides insight into trends and what challenged cooks. When sugar and butter was rationed during the war, honey and shortening were popular substitutes and used in Honey Refrigerator Cookies (1942).

Each cookie recipe is accompanied with incredible photos of cookies arranged with incredible accuracy.  I love this book because it combines two subjects I am passionate about–cookies and history. I will share recipes soon.

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