When I spotted these old cookbooks spread out in a row across the magazine rack at the thrift store, I marched right up and slid them swiftly into a stack like I was dealing cards in Vegas and walked away, attracting the attention of the guy examining the vhs tapes next to the magazine rack. I left him wondering what he'd missed out on. Sucker.
There's the Scandinavian Cookbook with recipes for herring salad, fish balls, stuffed cabbage rolls (1 lb veal, ground four times, 1 lb beef, ground four times), cardamom braid, danish rum pudding I, danish rum pudding II, and danish rum pudding III (I was disappointed to learn that the difference between the three was not escalating levels of rum).
The French Cookbook has 141 world-renowned recipes, including Mouthfuls for the Queen (o la la), frozen bombe, choux paste fritters, jugged hare sologne style, and a bacon tart. In case you're wondering, Mouthfuls for the Queen are pastry shell stuffed with mushrooms, chicken, almonds, and capers. Those sound delightful.
The New England Cookbook has recipes for Birds Nest Pudding, Election Day Yeast Cakes, Joe Froggers, Stay-Popped Popovers, Quahog Chowder, and Yankee Pot Roast.
The Cooling Dishes for Hot Weather cookbook has recipes for Sea-Food Stuffed Avocados, Celery Whirls, Iced Cocoa, Frog Legs, Grape Sparkle, and Perch Kebabs.
The Creole Cookbook has recipes for Pickled Fresh Tongue, Quick Calas, Rabbit Stew, Sally Lunn, Shrimp De Jonghe, Creole Chocolate Cake, Southern Batter Bread, and Crayfish Bisque.
The German and Viennese Cookbook has recipes for Almond Snails, Blitz Torte, Cauliflower a la Mousseline, Filled Berlin Donuts, Custard Cubes, Drop Noodles, Emperor's Dessert, Hamburg Style Haddock, Witch's Snow, Wiener Schnitzel, and Wilted Lettuce Salad.