Start ’em young, they say…
I, for one, did not actually start young in the kitchen, but thankfully the curiosity for all things culinary hit me like a ton of bricks, however latent it might have been. I suspect this isn’t always the case, however, so I am an advocate for getting the youngins involved in any way you can. Creativity you can eat saves you a lot of questionable artwork.
Young Ideas in Cooking, prepared by the American Dairy Association in 1959. I have to say, this is a pretty legit booklet. Along with basic foundations of getting started in the kitchen, like an explanation of tools and cooking techniques, there are some pretty wonderful illustrations and historical facts peppered in.
Impressive pointers on white sauce – I don’t think most of my adult friends even have these down!
It was released by the American Dairy Association after all, so it’s chock full of notes and recipes based on different forms of dairy:
A delightful reminder of the era’s fascination with space:
Fun with mid century recipe weirdness:
Lest you think creative recipe ideas are a modern thing, here’s one that doesn’t actually sound too bad. I wouldn’t blink twice if this appeared on a modern menu: