120 ways of using bread

Back in the early 1930s a little bit of colour was needed in austerity  Britain. But many people were desperately short of money and needed to make the most of what they had.

Bread was a staple foodstuff, but it was important to ensure none was wasted. So here we have a 1930s cook booklet, devoted exclusively to bread.

120 ways of using Bread is a recipe book at Market Lavington Museum

120 ways of using Bread is a recipe book at Market Lavington Museum

It’s called 120 Ways of Using Bread for tasty & delightful dishes. The book cost 6d (2½p). That was quite a lot of money for you could have bought a couple of large loaves for that. But no doubt the lovely colour picture of an up to date kitchen tempted people, along with the idea that any stale bread could find a use.

But in fact it seems this book was given by an Easterton based baker, Percy Bullock. He gave it to occupants of Clyffe Hall in Market Lavington. We do not know if he used it to welcome new residents and remind them that his business existed, or whether it was a thank you for making use of his firm.

It was given to residents of Clyffe Hall by Percy George Bullock of Easterton

It was given to residents of Clyffe Hall by Percy George Bullock of Easterton

But for whatever reason, it was given with his compliments.

Interesting to note that you got a bit more than you bargained for – 127 ways of using bread.

You’ll be able to sample recipes from this book if you buy a ticket and come to our Museum Miscellany on October 4th. Tickets are on sale in Market Lavington Post Office.

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