How to Cook a Husband

One of my favorite past time activities is wandering through thrift stores. I prefer the older, less frequented stores that look more like a hoarders palace and less like a retail establishment.  There are so many lost treasures to be discovered if you keep your eyes peeled, and your nose plugged. (Unfortunately, stench is par for the course).

On my last adventure, I unearthed a special treat that belonged to Mrs. Bonnie. Now, like you, I don’t know Mrs. Bonnie, but she thought enough of this book to ink her name in the front, cover it with sauce splatters and dog-ear nearly every page.  It looks as though “The Memphis Cookbook,” a spiral-bound community cookbook from 1964, might have been one of Mrs. Bonnie’s prized possessions.

I couldn’t let this book pass me by. I paid my quarter to the shop owner and set out to bring a little bit of Memphis to our table. I started browsing recipes and taking note of Mrs. Bonnie’s scribble in the margins. Before I knew it, I had read the entire cookbook cover to cover!

I thought to my myself – Who reads a cookbook anymore? No one, that’s who! Such a shame really. All of Mrs. Bonnie’s ‘secrets’ were jotted between the covers of this book destined to be forgotten. That’s why when I discovered this recipe hidden in the pages I had to share it.


Perfect recipe for a tender husband


Now, I realize this post isn’t a recipe per say. However, it IS a lesson in what you can find when you take the time to explore a good ol’ cookbook. In a world filled with internet searches and Pinterest, we forget that our culinary history was once bound to recipe boxes and bookshelves. So, the next time you stumble upon a well-worn cookbook, give it a read. You might just learn a thing or two.

If you can no longer find a copy of “The Memphis Cookbook” you can print the recipe here: