There were special cookbooks for doll kitchens. The book Haustochterchens Kochschule (Little Daughter’s Cooking School) stated: What is at present a cheerful game for you will later also be a fond activity. Lovica von Propper wrote in her Kochbuchlein fur die Puppen-Kuche (Little Cookbook for the Doll Kitchen) in 1880: … to be able to already acquire in a playful way quite nice

ABOVE: Julie Bimbach’s Kochbuchlein fur die Puppenkuche (Little Cookbook for the Doll Kitchen), 1895 basic knowledge of the noble culinary art and perhaps also retain a love of it ….

In the course of the 19 th century, work in the home was increasingly understood as a profession that required training or a particular upbringing.

What all doll cookbooks share is their focus on the playful element and the fact that, in view of the tiny stove, it was possible to cook entire dishes with small quantities of ingredients. Up until the 1960s, doll stoves were predominantly functional and could really be used to cook.

The children’s cookbooks in the exhibition contain realistic recipes that can also be found in normal cookbooks, often only slightly adapted. The oldest children’s cookbook in the exhibition is from the period around 1870.

In 1856, a successful cookbook for children entitled Puppenkochin Anna (Anna the Doll Cook) was published. The author, Henriette Davidis, had also written the Praktisches Kochbuch fur die burgerliche und feinere Kuche. Like the Praktisches Kochbuch, the children’s cookbook became an enormous success and was reprinted in nine editions until 1898. dhM


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