You search down one hole (idea) and come up somewhere unplanned, but amused by the trip.
I'm having a Hey Ho Good Time browsing through retro cookbooks.
Think weinie tacos, miracle whip salad topper, and magic dinner in a can (add tomatoes and you've gone international!).
While browsing one website, I came across this delightful title:
The publisher's blurb reads: "Menus, tips, and recipes for the live-aloner. Dinners for you alone, dinner for a few cents and very few gestures, tea-parties, getting the man with the meal, foods you ought to keep on hand, what every woman should know about cocktail recipes."
So I started researching the author and struck pay dirt. Marjorie Hillis wrote an entire line of books in the 1930s, all focusing on the single lady and getting the most of out of life -- frugally, but with flair. The first, Live Alone and Like It was a #1 non-fiction bestseller.
"And don’t think that four bed-jackets are too many if you belong to the breakfast-in-bed school. A warm comfortable one for everyday use and warm grand one for special occasions. A sheer cool one for summer mornings, and a lacy affair to dress up in."
I didn't marry until I was 37, and I've never had a bed jacket. In fact, I looked up the term to make sure it wasn't a bathrobe. No indeed. Why didn't someone bring me a waist-length shear jacket with lace and feathers when I was in the hospital? It was my golden opportunity!
Interestingly, Gone With The Wind was the #1 fiction bestseller at the same time. Talk about sassy women on the charts. And Scarlett O'Hara sported a satin bed jacket after giving birth. Where have I been?
Side note: Most of Marjorie Hillis' books have been very recently reprinted and are easily available, all to rave reviews. Seriously, rave reviews. Other titles include Bubbly on a Budget, Keep Going and Like It - A Guide to the 60s, and others.
Will these delightful books impact my work-in-progress? Probably not, but it's too early to tell. I'll be ordering Corned Beef and Caviar, though.
I really wish I could meet the former owner of the copy I found for sell. Under the words "Corned Beef and" she pencilled in the words "Cabbage = Jigg."