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If you have an older copy of Joy of Cooking, would you look for a recipe for me?

Asked by DandyDear711 (1512points) October 8th, 2010

My mother had a Joy of Cooking from the 40’s. In it was a brownie recipe – I think it was called “Brownies II”. The brownies were a family favorite and I would like to make them for my father’s 90th birthday. If you have the recipe, would you be so kind as to give it to me?

I remember it called for lots of eggs (4?), unsweetened chocolate squares, and required a larger than 9 X 9 pan.

Thank you!

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YoBob's avatar

Here you go

The brownie recipe starts in the middle of the page. Hope this is the right one.

DandyDear711's avatar

That must be it! I almost got distracted by the squirrel dressing instructions. Maybe I will have to make that one too…Thanks YoBob!

lillycoyote's avatar

@DandyDear711 LOL. That’s one of my favorite things about the old Joy of Cooking, the squirrel dressing instructions. It’s hilarious. They don’t make cookbooks like the old Joy of Cooking any more. Mine is a January 1967 printing, though. I don’t know how many revisions it went through.

Seek's avatar

Oh, gods, I want an old Joy too. My grandmother had one from the 50s, and it was great. Splattered with 45 years of Christmas cookie batter and eggnog, but great. I, alas, have to make do with the 75th anniversary edition (which I still lovingly refer to as “The Bible”.)

lillycoyote's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Yeah, I love mine. My grandmother gave it to me when I was thirteen and it has a bookplate on the inside cover with my name in her hand and her fruitcake recipes, dark and light, written in my thirteen year old hand taped to the inside back cover. You could probably feed a small child for a day with the food that is splattered on the pages and one of the corners is a little rough, having burned off in a minor stove top incident. Wouldn’t trade it for the world. And as @DandyDear711 mentions, if I ever need to dress a squirrel, I’m good. :-)

tranquilsea's avatar

Now I want to chase down an older version of My Joy of Cooking. I never expected to see instructions on how to dress a squirrel.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I wonder if you can get old versions on eBay…

lillycoyote's avatar

@tranquilsea Find it. The illustrations are pretty funny. I like the little disembodied lace up boot. Apparently stepping on the tail and pulling on the legs with your hands is a pretty efficient way to skin a squirrel. It’s in the chapter on Game.

Edit: Duh! Just remembered how this whole part of the discussion got started. Just check out the link in @YoBob‘s response, the first one on the thread and you can see it there.

tranquilsea's avatar

@lillycoyote Thanks. I’ll keep a look out for it.

lillycoyote's avatar

@tranquilsea Just edited, not sure if you saw it. Check out the link in the first response.

Sunny2's avatar

I have a 1953 edition if you need an earlier version.

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