Exploring Cookbooks: 1906 Boston Cooking School Cookbook – Part 2

I posted the main part of this cookbook earlier. This remaining part is all about the cooking school, its classes, prices and some of the ads from the back of the book (by no means is it all of them). Interesting stuff!!

For all the prices in this book I used this calculator to determine the price in 2007 dollars (2008 not available yet). So since the dollar has changed in value some keep that in mind.

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Title page for Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery. First Course is “one lesson weekly, for ten consecutive weeks, from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Eight pupils constitutes a class. Terms: $16.50 payable on fourth lesson.” That’s $376.21 in 2007 dollars.

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Details of the First Course. Second Course (with the start of the details) costs $18.00 then; $410.41 in 2007 dollars.

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Remaining details of the Second Course. Third Course costs $20.00 then; $456.01 in 2007 dollars.

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Course in Chafing-Dish Cookery, Salads and Desserts (with details) – one lesson weekly, for ten consecutive weeks, from 2 to 5 pm. $18.00 then; $410.41 in 2007 dollars. Also the Table Service Course – “one lesson weekly, for ten consecutive weeks, from 2 to 4:30 pm. Eight pupils constitutes a class. Terms: $15.00 payable on fourth lesson.” That’s $342.01 in 2007 dollars.

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Remaining details of Table Service Course. And the Course in Invalid Cookery (cooking for the sick) – one lesson weekly, for ten consecutive weeks, by appointment. “Terms: $65.00, or $50.00 and traveling expenses if given at hospital.” That’s $1,482.04 and $1,140.03 respectfully, in 2007 dollars.

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Remaining details of Invalid Cookery. Marketing Course (“Instruction given by charts, cuts and visits to market”) – one lesson weekly, for five consecutive weeks, from 2 to 4:30 pm. $6.00 then, $136.80 in 2007 dollars. Special Lessons by appointment cost $2.50 then, $57.00 in 2007 dollars. Demonstration Lectures have 10 with reserved seats – Morning session at $6.00 ($136.80) and Evening session at $4.00 ($91.20). Or you could buy single admission for the Morning session at 65 cents ($14.82) or Evening session at 35 cents ($7.98).

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King Arthur Flour and Fleischmann’s Yeast ads.

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Hub Ranges and B.F. Macy in Boston.

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Boston Cooking School Cookbook ad – it cost $1.80 ($41.04). And an ad for Vegex.

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Karo Syrup, Kingsford’s Cornstarch, and Magic Covers for pastry making.

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