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Coupon Cookery

Coupon Cookery

Date: 1943
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


Murry & Gee, Publishers (Printer)

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 9.5" H x 6.5" W x 0.5" D

Physical Description

128 printed pages.

General History

Coupon Cookery by Prudence Penny was an attempt to help the American woman stretch the value of her ration coupons. It was a hard task as shoppers received stamps of different colors for different types of food. Some coupons expired at the end of a month, others expired in a week. The value points of food could also be changed at any moment so it made any long term planning difficult. Penny wanted to provide readers with a, “sound nutrition plus appetite appeal within the bounds of Uncle Sam’s allowance.” Recipes were interspersed with patriotic “dining” poetry such as: "It may not be convenient, But we don’t admit defeat, For in spite of War and Rationing, America must eat." Penny suggests such tasty recipes as Pork Knuckles in Sour Cream, Lima Molds and Liver Gems.


Country: United States
War: World War II
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