The joy of the ‘Joy of Cooking,’ circa 1962
This posted is rated NV: Not for Vegetarians.
A friend in the book-publishing industry was dining at our house last week and rhapsodizing about old Joy of Cooking editions, particularly the illustrations from the '60s. Lo and behold, on my shelf was a 1962 edition my father had given me.
The book opens with an epigram from Goethe's Faust: "That which thy fathers have bequeathed to thee, earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it."
I was willing to try, but wow, culinary traditions have changed.
Alan went straight for the opossum recipe. If possible, the home chef is to trap this nocturnal animal and feed it on milk and cereal for 10 days before attempting to parboil, roast, and eat it, perhaps with some turnip greens. Okaaaaaay!
On the same page as this delightful recipe was a helpful illustration of how to skin a squirrel. (Gray squirrels are apparently preferred, as red ones are "small and quite gamey in flavor.") I suspect this is knowledge no longer commonly bequeathed, so I'm reproducing the drawing here to preserve it.
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