“When it comes to Australian cuisine, this little book may just be one of the most important influences in our history.”
The Commonsense Cookery Book by the Home Economics Institute of Australia (NSW Division). Credit: HarperCollins Australia (supplied to SBS)
Unlike today, the ‘old school’ style of the cookbook wasn’t authored by a celebrity chef or endorsed by a star with a massive YouTube and Instagram following.
This cookbook was the culinary bible of its time, first published in 1914.
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The cookbook teaches readers everything from the basics to the complex. Credit: Illustration purchased by HEIA and supplied to SBS
Look inside the cookbook
Back then, home economics teachers were the ones who held all of the recipes.
This is what the book looks like today Credit: katy_wright
“This recipe book will take you on a journey from the very simple to moderately complex,” she says. “Anyone can pick it up and follow it. That’s probably why it’s over 100 years old and still going strong.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/the-common-sense-cookery-book/wz6ts1iaf You may own one of Australia’s most important cookbooks