Friday, April 6, 2018

Recipes from the Maryland Rural Carriers Ladies Auxiliary


About the Cookbook
I collect Maryland cookbooks. Some are more interesting than others. One of my favorites is Recipes from Maryland compiled by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Rural Letter Carriers Association (1970). This is a fantastic local cookbook for many reasons. 

First, I never knew there even was a Rural Letter Carriers Association nor that it had a Ladies Auxiliary! 

Second, the recipes span the length and breath of rural Maryland, from the Eastern Shore/Southern Maryland regions to the areas further west where Pennsylvania Germans settled in the late 18th century:

Southern Maryland/Eastern Shore:




Pennsylvania Dutch:






Third, the book is a bit tongue in cheek because it contains humorous recipes such as How to Cook a Husband and Wacky Cake:



Fourth and finally, it is chock full of platitudes, sayings, and advice such as:
  • "If you are kicking up a storm, don't expect clear sailing."
  • "Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts." 
  • "We treat this world of ours as though we had a spare in the trunk." 
  • "Success is relative, the more success, the more relatives."
  • And many other all too true sentiments . . .





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