This month’s menu is from the May 1939 issue of Woman’s Day. I know that it is a little earlier than I usually write about, but I have been looking at how the magazine changed from it’s early issues to the war-time ones. I think it is also worth looking at how people lived both in the years leading to the United States’ involvement in WWII and the years immediately following so we can compare that to life during the war years.
This set of menus followed an article that explained current guidelines for feeding children. The magazine assumed that children under five would have special meals prepared for them, but by the ages of five to eight, the children could eat an adapted meal based on the adult menu. They also included a sidebar with a smaller menu that consisted of only foods children would or should eat, but the magazine did not recommend this due to the limited food selection for adults.
I am including the weekly menu with adaptations for five to eight year olds. I find the changes interesting. I have two children that fall in the age range and I am not sure I agree with some of the things they switch. These menus also seem to have a lot of food compared to the way my family usually eats now, something else that I want to explore in a future post. If you scroll down, there are a few of the recipes for you to try as well.