Yesterday afternoon as I was packing up my cookbooks, I came across this one from 1958. I don't know when I got it, but it came from my Gram and I must have just added it to the pile without looking. First of all, check out the cover. Who in the right mind ever dreamt that this display would be appetizing enough to entice someone to actually buy the book? (Which still bears the original price tag of 25c.) I especially love that it promises 500 tasty snacks. Bear with me here as I share with you why I find this amusing.
Right off the bat this caught my eye. Can you imagine someone serving you this?! Just the idea of dipping a knife back into the peanut butter jar with raw bacon grease on it...salmonella anyone?!
Nothing says "party time" like greasy sausages inside a burnt banana. Sausages tend to splatter when they are cooking and if they were stuffed inside a banana with no place for the grease to go, I am thinking this would create an oven fire. I can just imagine the fire department finding this tidbit in your smoke filled kitchen. It's disturbing to me that bananas figured so prominently in this cook book. But wait, there's more:
This one is the topper. If you weren't impressed before, check this out: They want you to take ham and put mustard on it. Then take the ham and wrap it around....you guessed it, a banana. Then if that wasn't enough to get your mouth watering, pour cheese sauce over the whole thing and bake it in the oven. MMMM tasty!! Don't they look delicious?!? Oh and if you don't want to use ham, they suggest trying smoked tongue.
Seriously, there's zero chance that I will ever use this cookbook for culinary reference as was intended. However, I may just slip bits and pieces of it into my art. I could see that being alot of fun!
Okay, back to packing those boxes!