So now we've all discovered that history really does repeat itself and sometimes it bites us in the fanny in the process. I decided that as long as we're all living through an economy that's looking more and more like the 1930s this was probably just as good a time as any to work on an updated version of that WWII era cookbook, and maybe while I was at it looking for a literary agent and taking a shot at getting a traditional publisher to buy it.
The first agent I pitched it to asked me if I had tested the recipes. I said yes, a few. I felt a little sheepish, but figured it just wasn't the time or place to tell her that at the time I wrote it my then spouse wasn't impressed with any of the recipes because none included french fries. She explained that I really need to test more than just a few, so I've taken her advice and for the past several months I've been recreating these old recipes and finding them to be quite tasty, but I haven't stopped there. I don't know if I'm doing too good of a job connecting to the past, or am feeling too uncertain about the present, but I've noticed that I'm taking it a lot further.
I think I started my Victory Garden. The other day I had a couple of guys come over with a tiller and some fertilizer, and I just got done planting onions, scallions, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and lettuce. In about six weeks I'm planting tomatoes, corn and winter squashes. I'm also teaching myself how to do home canning, just like real WWII era housewives did.
So I guess there's living history as in donning some period attire and going down to Tombstone for a day to have fun doing gunfight skits in the street. Then there's living history as in actually recreating the day to day experiences and activities of people in the past. I guess that's what living history is really all about.
Those of you who want to try some of the recipes will find them on my food blog at mytimelesscuisine.com.