Columbia Has Its Own Cookbook

During WWII, a group of women married to Columbia faculty decided to raise money to support the war effort by creating a cookbook. The result, What’s Cooking at Columbia: A Recipe Book, showcased the wives’ favorite recipes and kitchen techniques; the proceeds from the book went to the University Committee for War Relief. A few Columbia-affiliated men participated as well — Dean Harry Carman included his recipe for “Harry’s Own Griddlecakes” and, in the updated 1948 version, then-University President Dwight D. Eisenhower contributed a recipe for vegetable soup. Check out the time capsule of recipes — for everything from vintage salads (some featuring gelatin or marshmallows) and desserts (like a cherry cake and chocolate-lemon wafers), to main dishes like pot roast and salmon loaf.