Sunday, January 8, 2012

Woman's Glory: The Kitchen (New Year's Resolution)




I bought this classic mid-century Slovenian American cookbook last year, as a Christmas gift for myself. But I've just realized what a gem it is. In fact, it has given me a whole new direction in my Slovenian roots quest.


Woman's Glory was first published in the early 1950's in Chicago, by the Slovenian Women's Union of America. This well-used 1958 edition, which I discovered for sale online, was edited by Albina Novak. It's a charming mix of traditional Slovenian recipes and classic 50's American cuisine like jello molds and casseroles made with canned soup. 


I have in mind a sort of ethnic version of "Julie and Julia." I doubt
that I'll cook every recipe in Woman's Glory. In fact, I won't even limit myself to this book, because I've just added two more vintage cookbooks to my collection.






Here's my resolution for the New Year: Once a week, I'll make an all-Slovenian dinner. I'll try to stick to recipes from my trio of Slovenian American cookbooks from the 1940's and 1950's. Maybe I'll call it "Josephine and Jožefa: My Year of Cooking Ethnically."  That was the first name, in English and Slovenian, of my immigrant great-grandmother.  In fact, I've already started. I made my very first dinner last week! 



4 comments:

  1. hi,
    can you tell me what's on page 116. I had a cookbook that was given to me when my grandmother passed and a family member took it. I have a few copies from pages, but cannot remember the name of the book and I'd like to replace it. Any help in matter would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Hi,

      My copy of Woman's Glory: The Kitchen is from 1958, but there are different editions. It is long out of print. Page 116 is in the "Pie" chapter and has recipes for Glazed Lattice-Top Cherry Pie and Pineapple Cheese Pie. Not traditional Slovenian specialties :-) To find a used copy can be hard. You just need to keep searching the Internet. I got my copy from the online market site Etsy, which sells handmade and vintage items. But I don't think there are other copies at the moment, last I checked. There are various online sellers that can be found if you keep looking.

      Good luck! Hope this helps!

      Blair

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