One of the booths at Trade Days had an interesting assortment of old cookbooks for sale. I'm not easily impressed when it comes to cookbooks, but I found three that I snatched up. All were hard cover editions, and all were $4 each.
The first was Sunset Magazine Recipe Annual for 1988 (the year my daughter was born). I flipped through it before commiting to buy it. I was sold on the sections on fermenting pickles dozens of recipes that appealed to me (Bird Seed Cake, Lemon-Tarragon Sorbet, and a type of dried fruit Rumtof called Beggars in Rum to name a few).
The second was The Creative Cooking Course. I might not have bothered (I have several "encyclopedia" style cooking books), but the editor of this was Charlotte Turgeon who also edited Larousse Gastronomique. She has serious Kitchen Cred,. The retro-ness of this one amuses me, and I think I'm going to enjoy thumbing through it for inspiration.
The third was the best find of all. It's a Vegetarian cookbook printed in 1924! It's called Unity Inn Vegetarian Cookbook It was published by the Unity School of Christianity. Apparently the Unity Inn was a restaurant operated by the school. I was intrigued, and I hit Google for more information. As usual down the Rabbit Hole I went....... when I came up I learned the history of the Restaurant and found a new Religeous Sect I did not know existed before (AND - they have a church in my town!!). I never bore of how the Universe finds ways to reach out to me.
It's after 3:30am, so I won't elaborate on my Unity research. I do plan to read more and report back in my journal. Fascinating stuff!