Eat Well and Spend Little - recipes from the Italian Cooking Association


This wartime recipe book proved very popular among Italian families during World War One. The recipes, provided by the Italian Cooking Association, include a range of money-saving tips. For example, due to food shortages and the worsening economic situation, women and children are encouraged to cook with grass gathered from public gardens, and to follow ‘tasty recipes to cook bean skins’. Meal ideas include soup, and polenta with entrails, herring or cod. Meat is not used since it was difficult to find, and very expensive at the time.

Full title:
Eat well and spend little
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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
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Public Domain

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