Monday, February 10, 2014
I've been going through some old cookbooks. Some are basic ones written for brides setting up housekeeping, some are themed (bread, preserves, pies), and some are 'freebies' that came with new stoves or mixers.
My favorites are the booklets, especially the oldest ones. There's one from the World War I era outlining which cut of meat to roast on Sunday, then giving recipes for leftover dishes to make the rest of the week. Another from the 1930s features low-cost budget meals to stretch every penny - quite a few of those main meals are meatless.
There's one with only about eight pages, from World War II, with some interesting cake recipes. There's a recipe for an eggless cake... one for a butterless cake... and even one for a sugar-free ("Used All Your Sugar-Ration Coupons?") cake.
In the middle of this small booklet I found a newspaper clipping tucked carefully away. The back is covered with scotch-tape, obviously to help preserve the paper. Even so, after around seventy years, it has faded and gotten a bit tatty.
Making a small allowance for the mildly gender-biased language (in other words, women, don't think you're off the hook!), its message is just as relevant today as it was all those years ago:
How to Judge Men
Don't judge a man by his family relatives, for Cain belonged to a good family.
Don't judge him by the clothes he wears. God made one and the tailor the other.
Don't judge him by his speech, for a parrot talks, and the tongue is but an instrument of sound.
Don't judge a man by his failure in life, for many a man fails because he is too honest to succeed.
Don't judge a man by the house he lives in, for the lizard and the rat often inhabit the grandest structures.
Judge him not by his acts alone, but by the motive of those acts.
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A little lesson for the day. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!