Grandma's Wartime Baking Book

World War II and the Way We Baked

Joanne Lamb Hayes

St. Martin's Press

Anyone who loves great American desserts will delight in Grandma's Wartime Baking Book. The result of extensive research, interviews, and recipe testing, Joanne Lamb Hayes's follow-up to Grandma's Wartime Kitchen delivers beloved and still irresistible recipes for cakes, pies, cookies, cobblers, muffins, breads, and other baked treats created by women on the Home Front during the challenging days of World War II.

Faced with rationing of sugar and butter (as well as canned and frozen goods, coffee, and more), calls for better nutrition, and waning morale, home bakers found clever ways to make quick and delicious desserts, for their families at home as well as their loved ones on the frontlines. Many of these recipes are collected in this volume, along with quotes, anecdotes, and baking tips from magazines and home bakers from the period, and illustrations and advertisements that capture the spirit and concerns of the era.

Recipes include:

* Sweet Potato Victory Cake - originally made with sweet potatoes from the backyard Victory Garden
* Apple Coffee Cake - a World War II favorite, with a twist
* Strawberry "Long" Cake - making the most of a quart of precious berries
* Apricot Peach Pie - with flavor and sweetness from dried apricots and heavy syrup
* Tea Party Tarts - easy to make, and morale-lifting after a sparse wartime meal
* Peanut Butter Cookies - Nutritious, butter- and sugar-free, and great for shipping to the troops overseas
* Mrs. Nesbitt's Whole Wheat Bread - a favorite recipe from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's White House cook

These delicious, quick, and easy recipes are perfect for today's busy bakers, and they offer a long-overdue salute to the resourceful, inventive, and patriotic women who created them.


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Grandma's Wartime Baking Book: World War II and the Way We Baked
1Victory CakesCELEBRATION LAYERS AND LOAVES"Cocoanut" Cake Creole Layer Cake Ginger-Raisin Cake Harvest Cake Hurry Scurry Cake Jiffy Cake Lafayette Gingerbread Mincemeat Fruit Cake Molasses Bread Crumb Cake Raisin Fruitcake Red Devil's Food Cake Service Cake Sugarless chocolate Cake Sweet Potato Victory Cake Three-Way Cake War Cake Wedding CakeWARTIME SPECIAL 
Blueberry-Honey CakeA HOMEMADE CAKE for dessert makes an occasion out of an ordinary meal. Through the busiest and the hardest of times, American bakers have always


Praise for Grandma's Wartime Baking Book

Praise for Grandma's Wartime Kitchen by Joanne Lamb Hayes

"No wonder we won the war! This look back at recipes from the World War II home front will evoke memories for those old enough to call pasta 'noodles.'"
--People Magazine

"The collection of recipes here reflects that creative spirit, as well as the patriotism so prevalent during the period. All in all, this book is recommended for those who want a taste of nostalgia, and a chance to try out some of the dishes our grandmothers were making 60 years ago."
--New York Daily News

"Part cookbook and part social studies lesson, Grandma's Wartime Kitchen tells how women...still strove to put nutritious meals on the table despite rationing."
--Chicago Sun-Times

"Joanne Lamb Hayes skillfully resurrects a slice of America's cultural history and ties practical skills more than 50 years old to today's lifestyle....Grandma's Wartime Kitchen is both culturally authentic and packed with charm."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A feast of memories as well as the comforting recipes that nourished Americans through the difficult years of World War II. Whether or not you remember victory gardens and ration coupons, you will recognize the recipes as family favorites and find this taste of the past as delicious as ever."
--Nathalie Dupree, author of Savoring Savannah: Feasts from the Low Country

"Grandma's Wartime Kitchen is much more than a nostalgic cookbook. It is a cultural history that takes us right back to 1941-45 when home cooks--many of them interviewed here--supported the war effort while feeding their families. Joanne Hayes has unearthed perfectly marvelous recipes...that show how women made do--and then some--with the scarcities of food rationing.
--Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., award-winning author of Food Politics
"No other book gives the 1940s their proper place in our culinary history."
--Jean Anderson, author of Process This!: New Recipes for the New Generation of Food Processors plus Dozens of Time-Saving Tips, from the foreword

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  • Joanne Lamb Hayes

  • Joanne Lamb Hayes is the author of seven previous cookbooks, including Grandma's Wartime Kitchen, named one of the best cookbooks of the year by People. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, teaches both academic and recreational food courses. She lives in New York City.


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Grandma's Wartime Baking Book

World War II and the Way We Baked

Joanne Lamb Hayes

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