World War II is inspiring a great deal of interesting writing out there and I have come across two fellow authors whom I believe my audience will enjoy.
Those of you who attended Williamsport’s World War II Weekend this year might remember Sarah Lee, the lady who was portraying a British Women’s Land Corps volunteer. She maintains a fascinating blog, History: Preserved, largely dedicated to wartime food and meals. Her latest entry entitled, “Autumn Wartime Week 8—Time and Sugar Savers” is based on an article that appeared in the October, 1942 edition of Farm Journal and the Farmer’s Wife. I know many of the ladies reading this might be interested in trying out some of these dishes, particularly for the next USO/1940s dance. As my contribution, I volunteer to do quality control on the coconut, chocolate chip cake. In fact, I insist. I also highly recommend Sarah’s blog.
Sarah has also written a couple of books, which you may read about here.
The second blog is also by a Sarah, Sarah Sundin. A novelist whose specialty is WW II romance, Sarah blogs and tweets about the history of the time. I always look forward to her daily tweets to see what was going on 75 years ago. She clearly has an immediate sense of that time and place, a sense that is reinforced by her extensive research and traveling. Sarah’s website and blog may be found here.
Both of these Sarah’s blogs may be found in the links column listed on the right side of this page.
Seventy-five years ago, the notion of “digital media” would have been regarded as science fiction. Folks communicated through mimeographed newsletters and the like. My mom worked for Butler Brothers shirt factory in Baltimore, and they published a company-wide newsletter. As a compliment to Sarah Lee’s blog, here is an article from the summer of 1944 on preparing good meals despite the rationing.
Happy reading—and cooking!—everyone.