Leningrad: Biomedgiz, 1935. Item #364
64 pp. 19x13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Wrappers rubbed with small tears on the extremities, a front cover and few pages in the beginning with small closed tear near the spine (not affecting text). Otherwise a very good, internally clean copy.
First and only edition. Rare.
This book was intended for mothers of young children and workers of ‘maternity protection institutions’ (daycare, et al.). All recipes are divided into 2 sections: cooking food for infants up to 1 year and for children from 1 to 3 years old. Among recipes are vitamin juices, fall juices, vegetarian borshch with toasts, creme soup from pearl barley, Epstein’s pudding, milk with lemon juice, gogol-mogol (eggnog), rutabaga, stewed rhubarb, creme soup from oatmeal, and other.
The Soviet famine of 1932–33 went into decline in 1934 but one can still spot some unusual products in the recipes. The book is interesting not only because of them but also for the guidelines for parents in the introduction. These guidelines include information on nutrition, energy balance, vitamins, what food is appropriate for what age, special remarks about particular products, etc. Children became one of the most discussed subjects as the first Soviet-born generation (‘children of the October’).