[Sca-cooks] [OOP] Culinary History from the Dark Side

Volker Bach carlton_bach at yahoo.de
Sat Aug 29 01:18:09 PDT 2009

Everyone in Germany knows the sight of sad, ageing people trawling flea markets for the books and memorabilia of "back then, you know what I mean". I never thought I would join their ranks, but today I found the most fascinating item, a cookbook dated to 1938 at a very affordable EUR 8 (about ten to twelve bucks, I think). 

This is, to my surprise and slight shock, noit just a cookbook that was published in Germany in 1938, it is a genuine Nazi cookbook. And in many ways, it reads like something out of a bad war movie. "Ve haff vayz of makink you talk, English pigdog" level of bad. 

To start with, it's called "1000 Kochvorschriften", which roughly translates as "1000 cooking regulations". And no, that is not the normal word for 'recipe' in German. It begins with a short preface that begins "We saluzte the German girls and women" and ends with the reminder "to increase and guard the health of the people is the responsibility and duty of the German housewife. In fulfilling this duty, may the book be your true comrade in your labours!".  

The nexct chapter is about basics of cooking, and it's mainly about how instructions mustr be strictly followed, fuel and food not wasted, nothing cooked longer than absolurtely necessary, native produce preferred, and we are reminded repeatedly of how lovely and healthy potatoes are. 

I haven't found anything about how to distinguish decadent degenerate food from proper German food, but the publisher advertzises a smallish (and apparently unsuccessfuil) klittle book on proper nutrition for people of various races. I don't think this wis still available anywhere, though I'd love to read it. 

Just wanted to share this. The book is amazing It's a pity tone doesn't really translate, it reads like Feldwebel Schultz.




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