TUNA Pages 2-3

The foreword begins, “Every member of the family will find something of interest in this little booklet” and they’re not yanking your anchor chain. For the “lady of the house,” there are delectable recipes. Admittedly, many of these recipes seem to have lost something in taste translation over time, but the Baked Tuna & Noodle casserole is a classic (although without potato chips on top). But have to salute the creativity in “this little booklet.” When you’re working with only three main ingredients, two of which haven’t been in culinary vogue for decades (actually, sardines and canned mackerel, may have never been in vogue in the first place), you can’t lollygag on the recipes. Devil it, mold it, curry it, soufflé it, loaf it, and stuff it!

For other members of the family, there are ripping yarns of the tuna, sardine and mackerel fisheries. To quote Sir Walter Scott, “It’s not fish ye’re buying, it’s men’s lives,” so read the fishing tales in solemn memory of those intrepid mariners. The seamanship tips are we’ll presented and there’s an excellent summary of useful knots. One safety warning: Don’t spend a lot of time learning Morse code as it was officially retired from maritime use in 2007 But do try the recipes, only a few will inspire you to send out an … — … .

And note the awesome fish illustrations. The eyes and months project somewhat playful expressions, but it will be a few more years before Star-Kist goes full anthropomorphic with the introduction of Charlie the Tuna in 1961 (thanks to the work of the Leo Burnett advertising agency, which also created the Marlboro Man).

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