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Mary Ronald's Century Cook Book Hardcover – 1915

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Century Company (1915)
  • ASIN: B00193PH3C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By heartablaze1 on May 29, 2012
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As with all of these old books of "receipts," 'The Century Cook Book' is chock-full of historical how-to's, from how to make coffee to budgeting for dinner (turkey at 16 cents a pound!). If you're a historical writer or just a history buff, you'll love this book. If you're looking for something more modern-day, give this book a look-see. The section on "How to utilize what some cooks throw away" does have relevance in today's kitchens, and "Things to remember" are truly that: I didn't know that "A pinch of bi-carbonate of soda mixed with tomato before milk or cream is added prevents the milk from curdling." Ah! Revelation! And then there's this: "To skim sauces, draw the saucepan to the side of the fire, throw in a teaspoonful of cold water, and the grease will rise so that it can be easily taken off." This book is wonderful from many perspectives; there is truly a little something in here for everyone. How to broil, how to braisse (a technique I've only recently discovered), how to put out a grease fire (still very relevant!), how to lard (hello, Julia Child!), how to make a roux (which any Cajun cook can do half asleep), how to make calf's head soup...OK, not so much. In all, the book is just fun and informative and an all-'round good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kolehala on February 15, 2013
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This is a very interesting cook book but very wordy. Good reading, though. If you want to know how people use to entertain or the rules to entertainment, read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Eyre on October 17, 2014
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I like to know basic methods of cookery, and a Century sounded old enough to get to basics for me. I like this book because it offers a good range of cooking techniques and basic recipes. Overall, I think it provides a historical view of what women were expected to do to produce meals. It takes some experience to adjust some recipes. I'll use some of the recipes, and modify them for my own use. I do that with modern recipes anyway. One thing I like about old cook books like this is that seasonings are not just cinnamon+vanilla for sweets and garlic/onion salt for savory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daisy S HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 25, 2014
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This cookbook is from days of yore and yesteryear, however, there are many easy to follow recipes inside of this cookbook.
Found that I like the recipes as they are down to earth and the type of cooking that I grew up on and that my Grandma used to make for me.

So I give this cookbook 4.3 stars, I took off just a bit of the stars because it did not have the degrees, but then in 1895 when this original cookbook was written, ovens did not have this feature!

Nice cookbook, I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loree Chase on October 15, 2013
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I like this cook book it will help me when I need a certain recipe. this will help me to have really nice recipes.
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By Dona M Cox on July 11, 2015
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always nice to see how things used to be cooked
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Pilcher on January 26, 2013
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It was interesting to read how our ancestors wrote out their recipes. Some of them were interesting I must admit. Some I can never see myself ever wanting to make much less eat.

times and tastes certainly do change.
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