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July 16, 2018 | by  | in Food |
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Recipes from the Suffrage Cookbook

One of the coolest pieces of historical propaganda I have ever come across is the Suffrage Cook Book. Way back when asking for the vote was controversial, Mrs L.O Kleber and her band of mostly female contributors put together a set of recipes which occasionally dipped into some savage irony. Part of the struggle in their fight for women’s rights was putting up with chauvinists who claimed that they were abandoning their families by protesting. Publishing an exhaustive cookbook which dipped into criticism of the patriarchy was quite a clap back to their critics. Flicking through the text, you’ll find great jokes, quotes from political leaders, and cooking tips from a range of the women in the movement. It’s also a flashback to the type of food people used to eat in 1915. Tortoise soup, sand cakes, hermits, and peanut butter broth all sound like fantastic fare for a marching suffragette. For those of you who are interested, the Suffrage Cook Book can be found on Project Gutenberg online.
This week I have included some excerpts of the cook book for your reading pleasure.

Pie For a Suffragist’s Doubting Husband
1 qt. Milk of Human Kindness
8 reasons:
War
White Slavery
Child Labor
8,000,000 Working Women
Bad Roads
Poisonous Water
Impure Food
Mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust. Upper crusts must be handled with extreme care for they quickly sour if manipulated roughly.

Five Oz. Childhood Fondant
1 oz. Kindness
1 oz. Sunshine
1 oz. Pure food
1 oz. Recreation
1 oz. Rest
This should be on hand in every household where children gladden the hearth. Wherever possible distribute it among the little children of the poor.

(I found this one profoundly wholesome, and I’m sure it works for stressed out students too. Make sure to convert it to grams when you’re making this with your scales at home.)

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