Though my husband is busy this weekend, I am in good company. My library bag is jammed with older books I noted on a favorite new blog. Why didn't anyone tell me that such a place like Pleasant View Schoolhouse exists, or that I'd suddenly be longing to sew flower-sprigged flannel housecoats and make shortbread? Anna recommends the recently reprinted Beany Malone series, which my library had in stock. She also dedicates a separate blog to Grace Livingston Hill, whose homey writings are also new to me. Delicious!
On another retro note, first the Deputy Headmistress and then Mama Squirrel discuss prewar budget menus and why they are so strangely canned. If you're interested in home economics and kitchen history, you simply must check out Perfection Salad by Laura Shapiro. Those 40's home ec books we love to ponder? They are rooted in feminism, not biblical womanhood. The earliest labs for women focused on uniform cookery and hygiene. Domestic scientists sparked an educational/social movement that replaced local farmwife favorites with sanitary, industrial Bisquik and Jello. Then they told our grandmothers it was more nutritious! A surprising read for this thinking woman in the kitchen.