Daily Archives: May 13, 2015

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Cookbook of al-Maghrib and Andalusia: “Cooled Chicken” (~1250)

Time: 13th century | Place: Andalusia (part of Spain near Seville) | Author: unknown Kitab al-Tabeekh fi ‘l-Maghrib wa ‘l-Andalus fi ‘Asr al-Muwahhidin (Cookbook of al-Maghrib and Andalusia in the era of Almohads)   We often see cookbooks that focus on one specific culture of food – Italian cuisine, Indian cooking, Persian food. Well, this medieval Andalusian cookbook incorporates a bunch…

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s Margarine Commercial (1959)

The former First Lady of the United States was featured in this 1959 margarine commercial. After years of anti-margarine campaigns in the US, “Good Luck Margarine” needed the boost of a celebrity. Although margarine had become very popular in the US as a cheap butter substitute from the end of the 1800s onwards, anti-margarine lobbies and butter producers tried…

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