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Almanaque Dulce 1950: Diaria Alimentación

June 15, 2015
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Almanaque Dulce 1950. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Almanaque Dulce 1950. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). Almanaque Dulce. México, D.F. : Azúcar, S.A. [TX819.S94 .A4435]


On the third Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature a different volume of the  issue of the serial publication Almanaque Dulce, sharing sweet treats from the 1930s to the 1970s.  


By the time the 1950 Almanaque Dulce was published, the recipes were no longer divided into chapters. Similar recipes still tend to be somewhat grouped together, but one also finds cakes next to creams and conserves, flans next to rice puddings, and turrons (nougats) spread throughout. The first few pages of this almanac provide an example of the apparently rather haphazard arrangement, so different from earlier volumes.

In addition to the recipes, the inclusion of three nutrition tables near the back of the volume make an interesting excerpt. These outline the varying dietary needs of a profesonista(professional), obrero (worker), or an oficinista o obrero cuyos trabajos no son muy intensos (a clerk or light worker), along with examples of how much of various foods such as milk, meat, tortillas, beans, and fruits and vegetables would be needed to meet these requirements.

 

 

Los 365 Menus del Año: Junio

June 1, 2015
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Junio (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Junio (30 Menus Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Velázquez de León, Josefina. Los 365 Menus del Año: Recetas Prácticas, Económicas, para Resolver el Diario Problema de la Alimentación. México, D.F. : Ediciones J. Velázquez de León, [196-?]. [TX716 .M4 V393 1960]


On the first Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature recipes from Josefina Velázquez de León’s month-by-month cookbook series: Los 365 Menus del Año. 


Some of the fruits and vegetables suggested in the June cookbook include corn, squash, string beans, peas, chiles poblanos, spinach, watermelon, pineapple, cherries, mangoes, apricots, and pears. The menus below make use of several of these fruits and vegetables.

One surprising oddity of this volume is that several of the menus list the recipes out of order, with the soup course listed after the dessert. The recipes themselves appear in the usual progression, but since the reversed listings occur several times, it is difficult to simply dismiss them as typesetters’ error.

Menu No. 12 includes Calabacitas Rellenas de Elote (summer squash stuffed with corn), Postre de Chocolate (Chocolate dessert), and Sopa de Bolitas de Avena (soup with oatmeal dumplings).

And Menu No. 13 consists of Pollo al Jerez (chicken in sherry), Taquitos de Lomo y Papa (pork loin and potato taquitos), Compota de Peras (pear compote), Sopa de Hojas de Nabo (turnip greens soup).

Junio (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Junio (30 Menus Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Almanaque Dulce 1945: Of Mayflies and Baobobs

May 18, 2015
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Almanaque Dulce 1945. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Almanaque Dulce 1945. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). Almanaque Dulce. México, D.F. : Azúcar, S.A. [TX819.S94 .A4435]


On the third Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature a different volume of the  issue of the serial publication Almanaque Dulce, sharing sweet treats from the 1930s to the 1970s.  


One of the most delightful aspects of almanacs is the wealth of potentially useful, but frequently random-seeming information that they include. In the 1945 Almanaque Dulce, my eye was particularly caught by a couple of illustrated pages listing the typical lifespans of various creatures, beginning with mayflies and moving up through longer-lived insects such as butterflies (2 months) to reptiles and mammals (I can’t vouch for accuracy, but according to t his source, frogs can live up to 15 years and bears for 50!), and ending with some of the longest-lived tree species, such as yew trees and baobabs (the latter potentially living as long as 5,000 years).

I’m afraid no recipes for mayflies or baobabs are on offer, but you can at least distract yourself from thoughts of the mortality of all things with these tasty empanada recipes:

 

 

Los 365 Menus del Año: Mayo

May 4, 2015
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Mayo (31 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Mayo (31 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Velázquez de León, Josefina. Los 365 Menus del Año: Recetas Prácticas, Económicas, para Resolver el Diario Problema de la Alimentación. México, D.F. : Ediciones J. Velázquez de León, [196-?]. [TX716 .M4 V393 1960]


On the first Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature recipes from Josefina Velázquez de León’s month-by-month cookbook series: Los 365 Menus del Año. 


The May cookbook in this series includes recipes for a variety of in-season produce, such as green beans, melons, and pitaya, but perhaps its most striking feature is the elaborate menu for Mother’s Day. Considering the work involved in preparing all nine of the suggested dishes, one can only wistfully hope that mothers are not the ones doing the cooking that day!


 

Menu No. 10

  • Cocktail de Melon / melon cocktail
  • Entremes Surtido / sundry appetizers (canned asparagus, canned pimientos, hard boiled eggs, onions in vinegar) with a vinegar-based sauce
  • Sopa de Jamon Endiablado / deviled ham
  • Sopa Seca de Crepas con Pollo / chicken-filled crepes with white sauce
  • Pescado a la Francesa / French-style fish
  • Lomo con Pure de Papa / pork loin with pureed potatoes
  • Jaletina de Piña / pineapple gelatin
  • Helado de Chabacano / apricot ice cream
  • Pastel Para El Día de La Madre / Mother’s Day cake

Almanaque Dulce 1943: Sweet Charlottes

April 20, 2015
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Almanaque Dulce 1943. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Almanaque Dulce 1943. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). Almanaque Dulce. México, D.F. : Azúcar, S.A. [TX819.S94 .A4435]


On the third Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature a different volume of the  issue of the serial publication Almanaque Dulce, sharing sweet treats from the 1930s to the 1970s.  


Carlotas or Charlottes encompass two slightly different desserts – the traditional British charlotte is “a hot pudding consisting of fruit, typically apple, baked within a case of bread, sponge cake, etc., in a characteristically deep round mold,” and the more elegant charlotte russe or Russian charlotte, “a cold pudding in which custard replaces the fruit.”[1]

Hot charlottes began appearing in English recipe books in the early 19th century and its name may (possibly, or possibly not) be in reference to Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), a patron of apple growers. The Russian charlotte is usually credited to early 19th century French chef Antonin Careme, who named it in honor of Czar Alexander of Russia.[2]

The 1941 Almanaque Dulce includes recipes for both types of charlottes, including versions using apples, strawberries, anise, chocolate, almonds, peaches, pecans, and lemons.

 

 


[1] “Charlotte.” An A-Z of Food and Drink. Ed. John Ayto.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

[2] ibid.

Los 365 Menus del Año: Abril

April 6, 2015
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Abril (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Abril (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Velázquez de León, Josefina. Los 365 Menus del Año: Recetas Prácticas, Económicas, para Resolver el Diario Problema de la Alimentación. México, D.F. : Ediciones J. Velázquez de León, [196-?]. [TX716 .M4 V393 1960]


On the first Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature recipes from Josefina Velázquez de León’s month-by-month cookbook series: Los 365 Menus del Año. 


April’s cookbook continues to offer menu options for Lent, but concludes in the final pages with a cake for Easter itself and a story about the Easter Bunny.

Menu No. 8 “Vigila”: Sopa de Cabeza de Pescado (fish-head soup), Tortilla de Huevos con Papa y Chicharos (potato and pea tortilla, Chiles Fingidos Para Vigilia (a mixture of beans, chiles, and cheese formed into chile shapes, filled with sardines, and fried), and Frituras de Arroz (rice fritters)

Menu No. 17: Sopa de Rombitos de Crepa (a kind of dry soup or savory crepe dish involving tomatoes and onions with crepes), Adoquines (similar to meatballs), Ejotes con Huevo (string beans with eggs), Postre de Coco y Piña (coconut and pineapple dessert).

At the very end of the book, recipe #122 is Pastel de Pascua (Easter cake) – a rich concoction containing half a pound of butter and ten eggs, iced with marzipan, and decorated with sugar sculptures of bunny rabbits and squirrels. Following is a short story about a rabbit bearing news of spring’s arrival by leaving nests of grass filled with eggs and flowers for the children in an unnamed city on Easter morning.

Almanaque Dulce 1941: Sweet Subliminal Messages

March 16, 2015
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Almanaque Dulce 1941. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Almanaque Dulce 1941. Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (Mexico). Almanaque Dulce. México, D.F. : Azúcar, S.A. [TX819.S94 .A4435]


On the third Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature a different volume of the  issue of the serial publication Almanaque Dulce, sharing sweet treats from the 1930s to the 1970s.  


One of the goals of the Unión Nacional de Productores de Azúcar was to encourage sugar consumption and it was not always very subtle about it. Just in case providing 80+ pages of dessert recipes wasn’t enough to increase a family’s sugar intake, the 1941 almanac also includes page and chapter ornaments that read “Consuma más Azúcar” (Eat more sugar). Also included below is a priceless page spread that compares the number of calories in a kilogram of sugar in comparison to other foods with a positive slant – a very different perspective from today’s emphasis on the dangers of obesity and diabetes in relation to sugar consumption.

 

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