I went on vacation last week and hitting up used bookstores is a long and proud vacation tradition. I also received my delivery of books from an online order while I was away, as well as some titles I have not posted as part of a haul so I decided to combine it all into a mega-haul.
(I’ll be adding affiliate purchase links to the filmish books. The cookbooks are older and more difficult to link to but I recommend a search on Alibris or eBay.)
Collected essays from everyone’s favorite director/editor. Decent paperback edition, should make for interesting reading.
Haven’t read this one yet but it spends a decent amount of space on the silent era, takes cultural context into account and has factoids that were new to me, so I consider it a worthy read. I’m not a big fan of horror but it doesn’t do to have gaps in one’s knowledge.
Mostly got this one for the pics. It has fair coverage of John Gilbert but completely muffs Pola Negri and regurgitates all the usual myths. (Her American films were actually a ton of fun, which anyone who had actually seen them would know. I dare you to watch A Woman of the World and disagree.) This is especially obnoxious because Pola Negri was still, you know, ALIVE when this was published in the 1970s.
I’ve been doing a bit of research into the start of the Russian film industry and rural Russia played quite a role as the novelty of films meant a steady stream of cash for itinerant film shows. (Mostly hailing from France.) I look forward to learning new things about the political climate of pre-Revolution Russia, though it was written in the 1930s so the book may require a grain of salt.
Yes, I know I have a problem. No, I don’t see this Antarctic fixation ending any time soon. In the meantime, read my review of The Great White Silence.
The Old Cookbook Haul
My interest in vintage cooking inspired me to purchase a selection of books published in the silent era and I have five that I recently obtained. They were printed between the 1890s and the 1920s. None are in pristine condition but I plan on using them so it’s just as well. I am too much of a bookworm to be the right home for first editions anyway.
Them: YOU READ MY PRISTINE, UNTOUCHED FIRST EDITION?!?!?!?!?
I’m not doing any kind of in-depth review here as they’re not strictly the topic of the blog but I do tweet recipes from them now and again and will do a lengthier piece on them if you really want it.
Say what you will about modern food production but at least Step One in our mushroom recipes isn't "make sure they're not poisonous" pic.twitter.com/FMMpE7TWva
— Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) November 8, 2018
Here’s the damage:
Good Meals and How to Prepare Them: A Guide to Meal-Planning, Cooking and Serving by Katharine A. Fisher (1927, tested and approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute)
Woman’s Favorite Cook Book by Mrs. Gregory and Friends (1906 but a retitled edition of a 1902 publication)
Table Talk’s Illustrated Cook Book by Table Talk Magazine (1906, lavish photo illustrations)
The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer (1906 edition)
The Century Cook Book by Mary Ronald (1908 printing of a 1895 cookbook)
I am looking forward to digging into all of these books!
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