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1905 Edmond cookbook offers peek at pioneer life

Proceeds from sales of a reissued Edmond 1905 cookbook are donated to food pantries.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 12, 2012

Thanks to a random trip to a flea market, food pantries will prosper and thousands will be exposed to the rich historical heritage of Edmond before statehood.

Five years ago, Judy Howard, owner of Buckboard Antique Quilts, was shopping at the Oklahoma City Antiques Flea Market at State Fair Park. She found a jewel — a cookbook of recipes and merchant advertisements compiled by Edmond pioneer women.

The book cover was gone, but the inside title page reads “Cookbook Compiled by the Ladies of the Christian Church — Favorite Receipts of the Ladies of Edmond.” Howard said the origin is something of a mystery because Edmond's First Christian Church doesn't have a record of such a women's group — and First Christian Church isn't mentioned by name.

Howard took her newfound treasure, revamped it with an introduction and a few extra recipes she found and reissued a 112-page book, “1905 Cookbook — Food for Body and Soul.” She added about 200 photographs from the era, courtesy of the Edmond Historical Society.

The result is a book that gives an insight into the pioneer spirit of women who tamed a land not too far removed from the 1889 Land Run. Readers also get a look at some of the culinary delights of the time including potato stuffing for goose or duck as well as the two hogs heads required for making mincemeat. There are also dandy instructions on how to cook brains.

The vintage ads were offering corsets, buggies and artificial eyes.

Howard finished the book last year and has it for sale for $12.95. Proceeds go to food pantries.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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