Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Episode 1: What Do We Eat Now?

Welcome to the resources post from the first episode of the Victory Kitchen Podcast! Enjoy images of the featured cookbook and recipes as well as some related images and videos from our discussion about WWII ration books. I wasn't able to find the video I wanted talking about the black market, but there are two other videos that are worth watching below!

Featured CookbookWhat Do We Eat Now? A Guide to War-time Housekeeping by Helen Robertson, Sarah MacLeod, and Frances Preston

Inside Flap Description: "Invaluable ammunition for the home front, this book is designed for the housewife who has taken to thinking these days of old Mother Hubbard and her cupboard, or Jack Sprat and his wife, who would be lucky to get fat or lean. Keeping the family well fed and the budget intact has become a problem of extreme difficulty. Besieged with admonitions to "Can Your Own," "Buy Wisely," "Waste Not," the average woman may well be confused.

Realizing this, the authors of What Do We Eat Now?, experts on home management, food and economy, have written a comprehensive and understandable book to help the harried war-time wife and mother. Here is the science of successful home management. The book includes many practical and economical recipes, together with chapters on War-time Management of Family Finances, Stretching the Food Dollar, Baking Day, the Meat Problem, Buying to Advantage, To Can or Not to Can, and How to Can. The reader will find suggestions for conserving rubber and other irreplaceable household equipment, and for controlling expenses. By using this wise and practical book, the housewife will be able to restore the tottering balance to her budget.

Book's Original Price: $2.50

Recipes: Sausage & Veg Loaf, Cherry-ade, Graham Cracker Cake

Safe Economics vs. False Economics
What Do We Eat Now?, 1942

Wartime Budgeting
What Do We Eat Now, 1942

Sausage & Veg Loaf

Sausage & Veg Loaf

from What Do We Eat Now?, 1942


from What Do We Eat Now?, 1942

Graham Cracker Cake with Jam

Graham Cracker Cake

from What Do We Eat Now?, 1942

"Rationing Means A Fair Share For All of Us"
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"How to Shop With War Ration Book Two"
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"Look For the Ration Point Values"
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(Details about Ration Book 4)

Point Rationing of Foods

WWII Food & Meat Rationing

Further resources:

Eighmey, Rae Katherine. Food Will Win the War: Minnesota Crops, Cooks, and Conservation During World War I. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2010.

Accessed 1/11/20

McLemore, Henry. “Predictions on Rationing of Food”. The Times. Hammond, Indiana. 4 Jan 1943. Accessed via

Life Magazine. 11 May 1942. Accessed 1/11/20.

Life Magazine. 8 Feb 1943.
Accessed 1/11/20. 

Rationing in the United States
Accessed 1/11/20

WWII Rationing on the U.S. Homefront
Accessed 1/11/20

Rationed Goods in the U.S.A. During the Second World War
Accessed 1/11/20

Take A Closer Look At Ration Books
Accessed 1/16/20

WWII Ration Books (print your own!)
Accessed 1/16/20

Guide to the World War II ration coupon collection, 1942-1946
Accessed 1/16/20

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