Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mucho Gusto: An old Argentinian Food Mag

My eldest daughter is currently making her way around South America. She has been gone now for 2 months and recently sent a goodies box back with presents for all. My present was a 1949 food/cookery magazine she picked up in an antique/flea market in Buenos Aires, where they stayed for 5 weeks taking Spanish lessons. What struck me about the magazine and its contents was how much it resembles similar magazines I have in the collection from Australia, the USA and England. My understanding of Spanish is very limited, but it appears to me from the recipe titles that the dishes are decidedly 'Anglo' or 'Gringo' - cheese scones, chocolate cake, chantilly cake, canapes, with very little in the way of regional recipes. Not sure what it says about the later development of a distinctive regional cuisine that we now understand as Argentinian, but thought you'd find it interesting.


Yvonne said...

Hi Barbara,

do you have any vintage recipes that reflect Andalusian cooking, even if they are in Spanish? What about Medieval Arab cooking?

You have a pretty interesting business, so thanks for sharing it on your blog :-)

Kind Regards,
Editor, My Halal Kitchen

Yvonne said...

Sorry- I meant cookbooks, not recipes. Oops!

Barbara said...

Thanks for the feedback Yvonne. I have a lot of Spanish cookbooks, but none I've found yet that focus on ANdalusian, or medieval Arab cooking. I'm currently mamikng my way through a recently acquired library of 2000+ cookbooks which contains a lot of international cuisine, so will let you know if I come across any.

Yvonne said...

Thanks, Barbara. Please do let me know if you find anything.