Depression Era Cooking

I just discovered this charming lady on YouTube:

Is this a wonderful video project? Golly…we should be doing lots more of this type of ethnography….

The food looks yummy, too. Basic, stick-to-your-ribs fare. I think Jeff will request this one once he sees the video! [Update: The Poorman meal is on the menu for tonight…and probably again this weekend…we have lots of potatoes to eat up!]

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4 Responses to “Depression Era Cooking”


  1. 1 amberpeace October 7, 2008 at 11:17 am

    You should have seen the soup I made last night – a yummy bean soup that’s going to last for days. Cost all of 10 bucks to make.

  2. 2 alana October 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    My mom made a soup when I was growing up that was called “Mama Brown Soup” (my great grandmother) which stemmed directly from the depression era: potato, onion and canned tomatoes. That was it.

    Also, I heard stories of Mama Brown making cobbler with just crust and sugar and vinegar, with no fruit, when that was too hard to come by. I think I’ll blog this.

  3. 3 Olivia October 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I had to go to the youtube link and watch all of her videos. How fantastic!

  4. 4 Paul Burris November 20, 2008 at 10:10 am

    My father, born 1927, made for me when I was young a dish he had said they often had during the 1930’s. It is still common among many people. My grandparents for a cheap meal had hamhocks and pinto beans. I continue the tradition even though I can afford much better.


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