Cookbooks and Chernobyl

I recently purchased a copy of ‘Russian Regional Recipes’, by Susan Ward, published in 1993. I was fascinated to read a recipe for Marinated Mushrooms, which advised the reader that ‘…some of the enthusiasm for wild mushrooms is now tempered with fear, since fungi – particularly the thick-stalked cep or boletus…..have been shown to be severely contaminated by the fallout from Chernobyl’. How telling is this of our cultural and societal histories?

Are there cookbooks from the ‘cold war’ in the 1960’s, that give similar warnings about foraging for wild foods, where nuclear testing occurred, for example, in New Mexico or Nevada?  If you have come across any, please share them.




About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,500. What next? More shelves?
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