Who wouldn’t love to be known as “The Chocolate Girl”? I know I probably consume enough chocolate to think I might be related :). The story of “The Chocolate Girl” was brought to my attention when I uncovered a tiny cookbook called “Choice Recipes”. It was produced by the Walter Baker & co. LTD (Baker’s Chocolate today) in 1913 and 1924. It features the girl on the cover and has the story inside. The cover is actually a painting titled “La Belle Chocolatiere” (The Chocolate Girl) by a Swiss Painter Jean-Etienne Liotard in 1760. Anna or Annerl was the daughter of a Knight in Vienna named Melchoir Baltauf. She earned her living as a Chocolate Bearer. The Prince at the time was named Dietrichstein and was beseeched by Annas beauty. The two fell in love and of course there was some opposition to them getting married because of Anna stature. It was not common practice for a Knights daughter to marry nobility. They triumphed and were married. During that time the artist Jean-Etienne Liotard was in Vienna doing portraits of the Austrian Court and asked Anna to do hers. Liotard’s painting immortalized their love and their story will forever be told because of it. Who would have thought there would be a real “fairy” tale in a cookbook.
One of the first cookbooks I bought that set fire to the search for more was the “Economy Administration Cook Book” published in 1913 by Susie Root Rhodes and Grace Porter Hopkins. The cookbook was dedicated to the darling Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. This wonderful cook book not only features recipes that were delicious but are submitted by the Wives of Senators, Congressmen and other notable people. It was put together to give a collection of wholesome economical recipes, as stated in the book “The subject of the high cost of living is one that is uppermost in the minds of the people of the present day universally.” What a true statement from 100 years ago that is relevant to the world we live in today. What I fancy most about this book are some of the pictures of the luncheons that the ladies attended eating the food in the book. Here are a couple of mouth watering recipes from the book and some pictures.