It’s Silly to be Extravagant with Food

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Source: Larkin Housewives’ Cook Book

Here’s what a hundred-year-old cookbook said about the value of eating economically:

E C O N O M Y ! !

I’ve asked the printer man to please let that word stand out just like that – boldly, defiantly, all by its little lone self!

Economy! If over-eating is a national trait, over-spending is certainly another. . . Extravagance with food is not clever, it is simply silly. Meal planning or preparing is no job to be slouched and hurried over as quickly and as extravagantly as possible. You do not need to use fussy, difficult recipes, either. It is no harder to cook a flank steak than a porter-house. It only take a little more skill.

Look on your marketing and cooking as a game. Take pleasure in seeing how cheaply you can set a healthful, delicious, and plentiful table.

The Calorie Cook Book (1923) by Mary Dickerson Donahey


17 thoughts on “It’s Silly to be Extravagant with Food

    1. Agree – With the current high prices, I find that I think much more carefully about my food purchases, and about how to prepare nutritious and tasty dishes economically.

    1. “Fussy dishes” are fun to make. I find that I like to make both fussy ones and simple ones. When I have time or for a special occasion, I’ll make a fussy dish. For a routine day, simple dishes are nice.

  1. Good advice that is still applicable today. With our expanded grocery stores it is easier than ever to fix whatever we want to and we tend to just load up the cart without thinking about cost, what is in season (and cheaper), and what is nutritionally better for us.

    1. I often think that I enjoy foods more when I only eat them in season. For example, strawberries in June used to be something I really looked forward to. Now we have strawberries yearround (though not very good ones), and I don’t seem to look forward to strawberry season like I once did.

      1. Also, most people don’t understand grocery store pricing methods and the psychology they use to get you to buy items.

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