Win the War in the Kitchen was published in 1918 by the State Council of Defense. The recipe book was meant to teach Americans (namely women) how to conserve food and reduce food waste during war times. While men were off fighting, women were asked to hold down the fort with their resourceful homemaking and culinary skills.
In fact, the recipe book opens with a letter from none other than President Woodrow Wilson, stating that, “in no direction can [women] so greatly assist as by enlisting in the service of the Food Administration and cheerfully accepting its direction and advice.” It’s 102 years old, so we’ll let “cheerfully accepting” slide…just this once.
Anyway, food conservation was key because it created a surplus of goods to export to soldiers and allies. That notion reminds us a lot of the two-per-person toilet paper limits, tortilla shortages and empty flour aisles we’ve been seeing at the grocery store lately. We’ve already been in conservation mode in quarantine for months, so why not cook like it? The patriotism parallel is just the cherry on top that makes this idea just the ticket for an unconventional Memorial Day Weekend.