Of course, a big portion of the booklet is focused on selling old-timey non-food Rawleigh products, like "Anti-Pain Oil Internal," "Stainless Vapor Balm," and "Soapless Washing Compound."
The patient are rewarded near the end with a lovely spread of recipes:
Midnighter's Special: that sandwich for when you want to make sure you'll have bad dreams. Just spread bread with butter, peanut butter, baked beans, chopped onion, catsup, and pickle relish, then top with bacon, tomato, and self-loathing.
This recipe was for a time when parents were not nearly as worried about kids taking up smoking:
Irish Pipes are much more elaborate than simple candy cigarettes, filling a hollowed-out cupcake with frosting and chocolate shot "to resemble tobacco." I'm not sure why this is to be served on a lace doilie. Pipe smoking may seem kind of fancy I guess, but I can't imagine the kids being impressed that mom busted out the doilies for their cupcake pipes.
Rawleigh wanted readers to associate the company with the joy and ease of quick desserts.
Rawleigh desserts seem unlikely to derail that particular train of thought:
cheese-crusted tuna pie that launched this blog almost three years ago.
The recipes are almost good enough to make you put on that dress that matches the print on the new couch and watch your husband creepily feed a spoonful of brown glop to your fever-dream of a daughter.
Happy Cookbook Wednesday! Thanks, as always, to Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations for hosting. Now get out there and find some imitation tapioca to lace with Anti-Pain Oil Internal.