Dieting Tip Found in Old Cookbook

Keeping thin was a concern in earlier generations as dieting tip in old cookbook proves.


| Good Old Days



I thought dieting was a strictly modern concern until I found this hint on keeping thin in digging through old cookbooks.

"Drink as little as you can get along with comfortably, no hot drinks, no soup, no beer and only milk enough to color the lukewarm tea or coffee you drink. Eat chiefly stale bread, lean meat with such vegetables as peas, beans, lettuce, in moderation. Avoid watery vegetables such as cabbage, potatoes, turnips, etc. No pastry whatever. Limit yourself to seven hours of sleep out of the 24, and take plenty of exercise in the open air."

Mrs. Roy Dickey
Kansas City, Missouri


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 





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