Older Cookbooks Offer Fewer Calories

Monday, 23 Feb 2009

Cookbooks ThumbnailHold on to your ragged cookbooks.

Apparently restaurants and fast food joints are not the only ones to blame for portion distortion, the (I’m going to say) American trend of eating larger and larger portions. According to a study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, cookbooks are also to blame.

The study, found a nearly 40% increase in calories per serving for nearly every recipe reviewed. That’s about an extra 77 calories.

Although the study focused on several cookbooks, “The Joy Of Cooking” was singled out. In one instance, the study mentioned the cookbook’s brownie recipe. In the 1960s and 70s, the brownie recipe yielded 30 brownies. In 1997, the same recipie and same pan, yielded 15. Crazy!

Reader's Comments

  1. 15 calories in 1997 is half as many as 30 in the 60′s and 70′s.

  2. Actually it’s 15 brownies in 1997, not calories. So in essence, you are getting less brownies.

  3. Ok now I get it :-)

  4. I wouldn’t be surprised if today’s cookbooks use a higher percentage of processed food product in their recipes versus those in the 60′s and 70′s – when home made cooking was ALL home made. Still love my Joy of Cooking book :)

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