Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Retro Cook Books

I’m having a love affair with retro food and cooking art. It helps that I’m pretty keen on retro recipes as well. Lucky for me I haven’t succumb to the trendy whole foods/ clean foods/ pure foods/ organic everything and saturated fat nothing mumbo jumbo that so many of my generation has. Or is it unlucky? I guess it depends on the day and the scale.

Lots of others are like-minded in their nostalgia for recipes where ketchup and/ or Jell-O is the main ingredient. Well, they are at least nostalgic for the lovingly rendered illustrations of these concoctions.

I’ve compiled a few resources, to get us in the mood for the upcoming Holidays and all of the nostalgia-based cooking that comes with them.
The Ever-Important Retro Cocktail Manual
Beef Porcupines
Appetizers Cook Book
From Betty Crocker's Picture Cook book
Retro Breakfast Cook Book
Jello-O Cook Book Circa 1930
Pretty Jell-O Concoction (yes, yes, it's filled with peas and corn - probably from a can).
Retro Desserts Cook Book
Old magazine spread. The Caption says "Serve the rich fruity salad with mayonnaise and Celery-seed dressing"
Companion to the Site "Gallery of Regrettable Food"
Kids Cook Book
1950's Appliance Ads
Retro Pies Cook Book
Recipe from a 1958 Family Circle Magazine
Let's all get together and dress like this. Such a lovely team, these ladies.
A couple of REALLY scary Miracle Whip ads with Recipes circa 1973.
Almonds-in-a-Haystack Appetizer. Hard to read what's inside, but I can only imagine..

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fashion Photography: Android Chic

There are really only a few photo shoot themes that require your fashion model look as though she hasn't a thought in her head. 

There's the "Living Doll/ Broken Doll" shoot (quite popular a few years ago and still seen occasionally, as an alternative to the controversial heroin-addict-in-shooting-gallery shoot of the nineties). I'm actually quite a fan of the Living Doll, and may spotlight that theme next week...

In the mean time, let's take a look at the other blank-stare requiring theme; what I'm calling "Android Chic". Currently being popularized by Lady Gaga, futuristic silhouettes and metallic textiles are styled with a heavy dose of influence from the German expressionist silent film  "Metropolis"*.

*Which, if you haven't seen, you should. Preferably in a theatre with an organ playing the original score (I saw it at The Castro in San Francisco.) You may get lucky and find something local on this list of upcoming playdates for the restored version.

Milla Jojovich shot by Simon Upton:

Metropolis inspired German Vogue shoot shot by Karl Lagerfeld:
Dress by the beloved departed Alexander McQueen shot for Glass Magazine:

Archival fashion photo circa 1969 Australia (photographer unknown):

Seb Janiak shoots Naomi Campbell:

Photography by Benedict Campbell:

Fashions by Yuima Nakazato:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pumpkin Martinis

My crafty fellow-Longmont sistah Danine has been making me this most delicious cocktail during our October crafting sessions. I adapted it a tiny bit from her recipe (because pumpkin liqueur is impossible to find, so the cream liqueur replaces that additional "punch").

It isn't too sweet (which I hate in a cocktail), it's got amazing flavors and couldn't be more holiday!

What you need:

1/2 oz Cream Liqueur (like Sylk or Bailey's)
2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Pumpkin Liqueur or Pumpkin Syrup (like Monin)
Whipped cream
Cinnamon stick for garnish
Ground nutmeg


Pour the Cream Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
Shake well.
Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
Shake again.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.