In 1934, the Bridgeport Post-Telegram published a cookbook featuring prize recipes contributed by readers through Fairfield County. Many of the recipes in the collection reflected the psyche of the American public and the economics of the times.
The Great Depression, which covered the years of 1929 to the start of World War II, affected all of the households in Bridgeport. The Post-Telegram newspaper covered many of the effects of the Depression. The Post-Telegram also sponsored cooking classes for local women.
The classes were held at the Pyramid Mosque Temple, located at 1035 State Street. The cooking classes helped women learn some of the newest gadgets and cooking techniques. Many of the women were immigrants who did not know how to use the stove or other tools.
A recipe for “Depression Chocolate Cake” was featured on page 50
The result of this cooking school was a cookbook that boasted “A Thousand and One Good Thing to Eat.” Recipes covered many ethnic groups now living in the city; a German baked dinner, Irish stew, and apple fritters.