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than beat them, and to each three eggs used, put in one teaspoon
cold water. I do not like milk. Salt and pepper the eggs moderately
(American cooks use to much pepper), take some parsley and chop
it. Let the parsley be fine-fine (American cooks never chop parsley
fine enough), put two ounces of sweet butter in your pan-lard for
an omelet is an abomination. When the butter is very hot, pour in
the eggs; the instant that it is cooked on one side (not crisp, but
simply cooked), turn it quickly and cook the other side. Double it
over when you serve it, on a very hot plate. The cold water used
makes the omelet light and moist.
But to read this book merely for its folksy qualities is to do it
an injustice. It is still a cook book, compiled by a group of women
who knew good cooking. Most of its sage advice is still usable,
and it leaves the reader with the warm feeling of having gained
a bit of wisdom from old friends. And the publisher has included
nine pages of advertisements from the original edition-beautiful
examples of fancy Victorian typography, Texian Calvinistic style.
Gay as a Grig: Memories of a North Texas Girlhood. By Ellen
Bowie Holland. Austin (University of Texas Press), 1963.
Pp. 162. Illustrations. $4.00.
This delightful little book is a part of The Personal Narratives
of the West Series edited by the late J. Frank Dobie. The reading
of it is as gay as the title. In this present age, often epitomized by
the word somber, it is as refreshing as baptismal regeneration
almost to be carried back nostalgically to the Victorian age with
its simple delights and customs.
This is largely the story of a nook in North Texas after the
Civil War. Those steeped in the lore of that region will find it
adds some details to the history and geography of the area. The
narrative is greatly enhanced by a section of sketches drawn by
the writer's uncle. These graphically illustrate events of Texas
life such as "breaking" a horse; hunting, trapping, and slaughter-
ing wild hogs; building a log house; and also depict young ladies
in sun bonnets.
The story continues with the life of the writer as a child and
young lady into the coming of the automobile age in Weather-
ford, Texas, in a noble Victorian house set upon a hill. The lilt-
ing narrative goes from one escapade to another in details that
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed August 21, 2014.