Sunday, February 15, 2009

sometimes life is like icky green jello with nasty stuff in it

alas, my last week can be compared to icky green jello with nasty fruit crap in it. some weeks are just like that though and i'm ready to toss it and start over, sans jello and nasty crap!

gotta love the photographs and illustrations from vintage American cookbooks like this though right?! so appetizing, i gotta get me a gelatin mold NOW! Of course there are some great old recipes out there from grandma's table, but also some rather regrettable mid-century concoctions. Thanks to James Lileks, you can check out a plethora of such regrettable food at his online gallery.

At the very least, browse through the "MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!" gallery. Hopefully you will laugh as much as you will cringe....because we all have some days that are as misguided as these recipes and being able to laugh through them can be the strongest of cures!

The gallery can now also be found in book form, tada!


lowellandson said...

Memories of my aunts tomato aspic, clear gelatin and tomato juice with shredded carrot and celery chunks. Ick.

heidi said...

that jello illustration is so my childhood!

geschichtenvonkat said...

o my goodness, my heart goes out to both of you! ;)

what is it with American women of generations past and their disturbing obsession with mixing all sorts of stuff into jello?...isn't there a bit in the national lampoon christmas movie where the grandma cooks one of her cats into the jello?! that's terrible but i can't help laughing, haha.