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Eating for Victory: Healthy Home Front Cooking on War Rations Hardcover – September 6, 2007

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"A fascinating slice of social history."  —Daily Telegraph
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jill Norman is a noted chef and the author of The Cook's Book and Herb and Spice.
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Product Details

  • Series: Official Wwii Info Reproductns
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184317264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843172642
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Cooper on February 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A wealth of information we all might need in the near future. Recipes from limited ingredients, how to make dishes go further, feeding a family well, and use of nourishing food in preference to empty calories. Instruction on nutrition so that all may be fed well and not be too ill or tired to carry on day to day. Commonsense, but we all need to be reminded at times.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Perez on May 10, 2011
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I love this little book! I wish more volumes would be produced to include more of the Ministry of Food's WWII leaflets. This kind of cooking from scratch, using simple ingredients, appeals to those of us wishing to feed our families both healthily and economically. It has been truly useful to me, as well as interesting from an historical perspective. The British people survived very well by following the guidelines in these leaflets, and so can we.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan Van Norman on August 6, 2011
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Since purchasing this book, I've actually gotten a fair amount of use out of it. Not only is the book of historical interest, the recipes provided in the leaflets are, if a bit bland, very healthy and economical. As several other reviewers have pointed out, it's easily used and very handy information to have in the current economic situation. The book itself is sturdily bound and clearly printed, with a very good cross-section of pamphlets chosen to reflect a variety of foods, cooking techniques, and nutritional information. My only tiny quibble is that the editor saw fit to include a table of contents, but not to label the pages with numbers, which rather defeats the purpose.
My experience with actually cooking many of the recipes provided is that some of the recipes are not immediately to current American tastes (again, they lack the amount of spices and seasonings we're accustomed to), and a few things didn't turn out quite how I'd expected, most notably the Mocha Whip recipe included on page 19 in the One Pot Meals leaflet. Generally speaking, however, this was a fantastic purchase and I heartily recommend giving it a try. Well worth the $15. I can also recommend the companion volume, Make Do and Mend, for the same reasons as this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GenXMom on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is so interesting if you are into historical cooking or the World War 2 Homefront. I can't wait to try some of the recipes and write more about my impressions of this book. It's seperated into sections so it's really a combo of a bunch of short booklets. The hard cover makes the book more sturdy so that is a nice bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mother Mouse on April 10, 2014
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This is good just for reading pleasure, with its pictures from the propaganda pamphlets of the era, but it's also full of useful recipes for simple, basic cookery, using basic, inexpensive ingredients. I would think it might be good for someone just learning to cook, and would be helpful for making budget meals, as well.

It's interesting to read how differently nutrition was viewed in that time. Leaves me wondering how much of it was actually scientific understanding of the era, or whether it was a cleverly turned phrase for the benefit of the national war effort.

It's campy, entertaining, and ultimately useful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Middleton VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
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This a reprint of British home cooking advice at a time that everyone was coping with wartime rationing, which in England lasted longer than here in the US. There is some good advice in here..practical substitutions, good use of basic foodstuffs, economical preparation and meal planning. The tone of the book is somewhat dated but it is an interesting source of good information and useful today in poor economic times.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fed Up With Liars on January 17, 2010
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This book needs to be bigger--a LOT bigger! It's full of facsimiles of brochures sent out to British wives to help conserve foods for the war effort, and the recipes and tips inside EASILY translate into today's Obama economic crunch.

Inside, the recipes are written in standard measurements (before England went metric), so American housewives can easily use them straightaway.

You ask me, the cookbook industry needs to pull it's head out and bring back simple, honest recipes made more-with-less like these.

I'm off to find more such cookbooks! If you're a frugalite, GET THIS BOOK.

I had to wait a long time for delivery, but this book came from Britain--the REAL DEAL and was worth the wait.
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