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"Looking at the Great Depression of the 1930s through the eyes of its cookbooks gives a new perspective on food, one of the vital needs of Minnesotans in a time of economic crisis. The Historical Society library has a nice collection of Minnesota cookbooks from the decade, many of which reflect the economic travails of the period.

Minnesotans who lived on farms often had more food available to them than people who lived through the Depression in town or in The Cities because they raised animals for milk, eggs, and meat and grew vegetables, berries, and some other fruits in large gardens. Farm women had the skills, space, and equipment to preserve food when it was ripe and plentiful, for their families’ nourishment and enjoyment after the state’s short growing season. In general, though the 30s were tough on farmers too, food remained plentiful for many, as demonstrated in this charming oversized cookbook published by The Farmer in 1931 to help farm girls learn to cook. The cookbook says nothing about the need to help Mother economize, to stretch ingredients or learn to use less expensive substitutes. It gives recipes and instructions for everything from muffins to a whole meal for the family. And this was published after the farm economy had been in dire straits throughout the 1920s!" (courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society)

Here is the original 1931 Betty's Scrapbook with clipped recipes from the The Farmer Weekly paper. Please click onto to photos to zoom in. The clippings are as early as May 11, 1929. 32 pages in all with approx 16 pages of clipped recipes. Very good condition for it's age. Red construction paper-like cover is in excellent condition. Stapled binding and pages intact. Yellowing of paper. Some of the glue used to attach clippings has turned color. Couple of the clippings have torn and pulled away from scrapbook page.


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Betty's Scrapbook of Little Recipes for Little Cooks 1931 / Saved From The Farmer Weekly Paper / Filled with Clipped Recipes from 30s

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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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  • Only ships to United States from Minnesota, United States.
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