My name is Carolyn and I have been intrigued by The Berlin Cook Book for many years. There are only a few known copies and it is a bit of a mystery as to what charity the cook book’s revenue supported. It was published in 1906 by the Berlin News Record.
The city of Kitchener where I live will celebrate one hundred years of cityhood this year. In 1912 the town of Berlin Ontario became a city and just a few years later was renamed Kitchener. I thought it would be interesting to use a local cook book available at that time in an attempt to capture a little of the atmosphere of 1912. My goal is to prepare at least one recipe each day from The Berlin Cook Book. I don’t have a wood or coal fired stove at home but will endeavour to prepare a recipe as authentically as possible in every other way.
I’ve been working in museums and historic sites since 1986. Most have been in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and I’ve become familiar with a variety of time periods including the 1840s, 1856, 1891 and 1914 and a few industrial histories including alcohol distilling, oil refining and agriculture. I spent a few summers making noon meals on a woodstove a few days a week. However, I’ve never had the opportunity to cook in a historic era every day for an entire year. This blog will be a record of my attempt to cook from The Berlin Cook Book and to find out more about its contributors.