So I have been seeing Tweets over the past week or so from Kate Kerrigan (@katekerrigan), author of Ellis Island and the just released City of Hope, about cooking in the Great Depression. See Tweets below:
Kerrigan’s new book is set in the 1930’s and Depression cooking must be an aspect she explores in the book (haven’t read it yet but will be in a week or so). These Tweets made me curious and I clicked on the links to check out where this cooking was coming from. And that is when I discovered Great Depression Cooking with Clara!
This is a series of Youtube videos featuring Clara making some of her favorite recipes her mother used to make them during the Depression. Her grandson put the videos together as a way to remember the cooking because Clara is in her 90’s. She also gives a little bit of personal history about what was going on during that time or memories the recipe evokes. Not only was it interesting to see what they ate during the Depression (which was actually heartier than what I had originally been led to believe) but it actually provides us with cheap and relatively nutritious meals that could be served today when money is tight. The below video is about pizza, but you can watch the whole Season 1 and Season 2 playlists.
With the success of the videos a cookbook was born called Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression. Like her videos, her recipes tell a story as well as tell you how to cook it. You can read an excerpt on the Amazon page. I don’t own this book yet, but I just might pick it up!
I think I will be trying out Clara’s Egg Drop Soup this week and if I do, it will hopefully be up in next weekend’s edition of Weekend Cooking.
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