By Anna Post
People sometimes wonder what it must have been like growing up as a Post. Were manners drilled into us like trainees at boot camp? Did we eat in a hushed veil of silence? Were we banished to our rooms with a crust of bread if we disobeyed?
I'm laughing just typing this. No, no, and no are the answers. Manners were taught, yes, but no differently than in any other household that takes the time to do so. Yes, I might have had a little more exposure than most as to how to set a table for a fish course or how to use an iced tea spoon, but we had plenty of lively conversation and humor around the table, and most importantly, good food.
Emily herself loved good food, and felt it should be enjoyed. It's a tradition that has continued down from her generation to mine. The first rule of dining with the Post family? Eat while it's hot!
In fact, in 1951 Emily published The Emily Post Cookbook, written mainly by her son, Edwin Post (my great granddad). His son, Bill Post (my granddad), updated and republished it in 1968 as The Main Course Cookbook (a pun on the word Main, which is a popular Post middle name).
Starting this Sunday, I will be posting recipes from these family treasures, as well as other favorite recipes of mine to help inspire family dining. I will add (and source) other recipes because while the Post books have excellent recipes and are good samples of their time, not all of the recipes have appeal today, quite frankly (marrow--as in bone--on toast, stewed kidneys, turtle soup, to name a few).
With Thanksgiving upon us, we will start this Sunday with Turkey with Truffle Sauce. I'll be trying this one for the first time, too, though if it's anything like the others I've had from this book, it will be well worth the effort.
In this age of economy, rediscovering the art of home cooking and sharing more meals with friends and family has been my own small silver lining of this recession. I hope these recipes offer you the same inspiration!