What was the traditional food like in the South during the 1930’s?

I have a project to do about food from To Kill A Mockingbird and that era. I know cakes (maybe like Lady Baltimores) from the ones Miss Maudie has baked. I saw a food/book club website that suggested things like pecan pie, oatmeal raisin cookies, and the like.

Anyone else have any ideas/suggestions/recipes? It doesn’t even have to be from the book; old tradition Southern food would be fine.

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5 Responses to “What was the traditional food like in the South during the 1930’s?”

  1. mamahenderson said:

    When I think of the South, I think of homemade buttermilk biscuits.

  2. trekkie706 said:

    fried chicken ( you killed your own) homegrown vegetables, bbq

  3. islandhobbler said:

    fried chicken, apple pie, biscuits, pork roasts, collard greens, would you believe manatees. craw fish, shrimp, pancakes, shoe fly pie, mo-lass pie, Shepard’s pie, 7 bean soup, here is a site that will really help you southern recipes from flavored of the south, http://myweb.cableone.net/howle/page/soudex.htm it has nothing but southern old recipes good luck have fun.

  4. Atomic Mama said:

    This was the Depression Era: Lots of corn bread, cooked in a cast iron skilled with bacon fat or lard. Field greens, mustard or turnip. Black-eyed peas, purple hull beans, cream peas. Lemonade. Unsweet or sweet iced tea. Catfish. Sorghum or molasses. Watermelon. Fried chicken on Sundays. Pecan pie! BBQ. All the good stuff that present-day Southerners eat.

    The Mississippi Delta has a strong tradition of tamales. Check out http://www.southernfoodways.com

    EDIT: a more direct link: http://www.tamaletrail.com !!!!!

  5. mebepat said:

    Hershey Chocolate Fudge Cake (1930)

    1 3/4 c Unsifted all-purpose flour
    1 ts Baking powder
    1 ts Baking soda
    1/2 ts Salt
    1/2 c Vegetable shortening
    1 1/2 c Sugar
    2 Eggs
    1 ts Vanilla
    2/3 c Cocoa
    1/2 c Hot water plus
    1 tb Hot water
    1 c Sour milk*

    Grease and flour two 9″ layer cake pans. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine
    flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt on wax paper. In large mixing
    bowl, beat shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
    Blend cocoa into hot water to make a smooth paste; gradually add to creamed
    mixture. Add flour alternating with sour milk to creamed mixture. Pour
    batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or til tops spring
    back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from
    pans; cool completely. Spread with your favorite frosting.

    * To sour milk: Add 1 Tablespoon vinegar to one cup milk.

    1930 Quick Tomato Soup Cake

    1 pk Spice cake mix
    1 cn Tomato soup
    1/4 c Water

    Mix cake as directed using tomato soup and water for liquid. Add eggs if
    called for. Bake as directed. Frost if desired.


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