Luna Pier Cook
Project: Defining Michigan Cuisine
Luna Pier, MI
Teaser: This gent is a literate food blogger writing about
familiar subjects. What a concept?
Sad post herein...the Luna Pier Cook again missed the
annual muskrat near his home...
Here's a classic cookbook keeper's response:
"I only have a little more than a couple hundred cookbooks.
Probably 15 or so are Michigan specific. A few are from the
1940s, such as the "Ladies Home Companion" cookbook.
My mom had three copies and gave them to us kids. I also
have a hard cover copy of Margaret Rudkin's Pepperidge
Farm cookbook. I paid five whole dollars for that one. Others
on my shelves: Amy Vanderbilt's "Complete Cookbook" from 1961;
"The Seven Centuries Cookbook" covering 700 years of recipes
from the UK, and a few others that might be somewhat unique
to some people."
Dave Liske owns Frog Leg Productions. He provides audio and video
services, web design and consults on software development. That's
his tech life. Over his adult years he has used his cookery skills at the
highest levels in commercial kitchens, yet insists that he is "just a cook."
Regardless, Cook Liske lives a life centered around a food culture of his
When asked about his oldest cookbook:
What's the oldest cookbook I own? I have a copy of the "Pictorial Review
Standard Cookbook from 1931. Pictorial Review was apparently
a monthly magazine, as this is, 1,000 recipes from their pages including
"Porto (not Puerto) Rican Pot Roast, Hamburg Cakes (today we put
them between buns and add cheese and condiments), Jellied Chicken
made with gelatin, all this with instructions for chopping ice for
maintaining a freezer. The last chapter is some of their information on
sewing and how to use a line of patterns they offered.
A Liske favorite:
Les Halles Cookbook
Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of
Classic Bistro Cooking
by Anthony Bourdain with Jose deMeirelles and Philippe Lajaunie
A Liske runnerup from his oldies:
Woman's Home Companion
Cook Book (1955)
by Dorothy Kirk (Editor)
P. F. Collier & Son Corp.
As a magazine WHC magazine first published in 1873.
Editors of the magazine put together their first cook book (two words
in those days) in 1942. It became a standard for thousands of American
kitchens. Today it is a collector's prize. There were more than 2,000
recipes in the 987 pages...2.7 pounds of a Keeper.