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March 4, 2013

Interview About Mid-Century Menu on Collector’s Weekly

By RetroRuth

Just a head’s up for anyone interested in the Mid-Century Menu or listening to me yammer on and on about vintage cooking: There is a rather lengthy interview with me on Collector’s Weekly right now where I talk about the preservative powers of gelatin, torturing Tom and what it’s like eating a liver mousse. 

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I have to admit, when I read the interview I didn’t really like the way I sounded. Does that ever happen to you, where you listen to yourself talking and think, “Really? That’s really how I sound?” But Tom thought it was funny, so I guess that means it is a good interview.

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One of the questions that I got asked in the interview was if I had ever tried any of the savory flavors of gelatin.  I had to admit that I hadn’t ever tried them. I am not sure when the last year of production was for these flavors, but I can’t ever remember my mom feeding them to us when we were kids.

Did anyone ever try any of these flavors? If you have, let me know in the comments because I am interested to know what they tasted like. Especially the celery!

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6 Responses to Interview About Mid-Century Menu on Collector’s Weekly

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    March 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I just read it and girl, I think that you did great! It was a very thorough interview – it had funny parts but also, I learned a lot too – just like on The Mid Century Menu. You came across as passionate and well, honest. You don’t Pollyanna up the whole idea of retro recipe recreation and I like that – but at the same time, you can tell that you enjoy doing it and learn a lot from it.

    And pfft…just ignore the person who brought up The Gallery of Regrettable Food. That’s nothing more than making sarcastic and sometimes witty bon mots about vintage ads. You take it to the next level and realize that not everything is supposed to be mocked but sometimes, really appreciated instead.

  2. Abigail Grotke Reply

    March 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I loved it! But I know what you mean. I was once interviewed by phone and the person who wrote it up kept in all of my “umm, uhh, giggle giggle” stuff. It was verbatim, can’t believe she didn’t edit it down. After that I was careful about responding to questions.

  3. sablemable Reply

    March 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Yes! I have tasted the celery Jell-O; Mom made a molded salad with it. But that’s all I remember.

    Great interview! LOL, torturing Tom!

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Oh gosh, I thought that was a great interview…job well done Ruth!

  5. Andrea Reply

    March 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Fantastic interview, Ruth! I loved that you pointed out that these questionable recipes are all a part of our culinary history – good or bad!

  6. Neca Reply

    March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Great interview! I too love these old cookbooks, they are a glimpse into our not too distant past. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and now I feel the need to open up some of my own vintage cookbooks!

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