Thursday, March 26, 2015

Waterloo County Cookbook with Mincemeat, Roasted Pig Tails & more! Vintage Cookbook Throwback Thursday

Vintage Cookbook: Waterloo County Cookbook, Marcella Wittig Calarco

Publication Details: Twin City Printing, 1980

I have a tremendous fondness for the Waterloo County Cookbook despite its relatively bare-bones presentation and lack of illustrations. It is representative of a style of folksy and down-to-earth community oriented cookbooks that were far more common a generation ago and that act as a snapshot of a place and time.

This particular cookbook is about a community in Ontario, the Kitchener-Waterloo community, and reflects the Central European and German backgrounds with which the region was and has been associated.

Broken into a variety of sections, where the cookbook truly stands out is in the section about "Waterloo County Specialties" that includes instructions for making Sauerkraut in five-gallon tubs at home!

Here we share some bread recipes, as well as some classics like Mincemeat and Cabbage Rolls, as well as some forgotten classics like Roasted Pig Tails.

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  1. What a nice surprise! My sister shared a link to this post as soon as she found it; our mom (Marcy Calarco) authored the Waterloo County Cookbook, along with two other book titles. They're long out of print, and she passed away in 1990 but the fondness for her recipes still lives on. (as kids, we made numerous crocks full of sauerkraut with our parents...sometimes in our pyjamas!) So glad to hear you're enjoying it.

    1. Thanks for the comment and background!

      I am very pleased you came across the post. It is a terrific cookbook. She did a great job compiling some excellent recipes that really reflect a time and place.