Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dated Advice

This morning, I asked my daughter to browse through Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book in search of a few more interesting recipes to add to my Rudolph Club plan. During her inquiry, she found the following statement:
Those on weight reduction diets or diabetic diets should be under the care of a physician and should follow his directions. Artificial sweeteners have proved a boon for those on this type of diet and recipes for baked foods made with the sweeteners are available from the manufacturers. You may also want to consult the State Board of Health (if your state has one) or the American Diabetic Association for diet recipes.
The idea that, in 1963 (the year the cookbook was published), some states didn’t have a Board of Health amused my daughter greatly. I wonder, did Connecticut have a State Board of Health in 1963? If you know the answer, please leave a comment. Many thanks.

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