Am heartily amused (and a bit impressed) with a couple of very old children’s cookery books I’ve stumbled across. One from 1877 (Six Little Cooks, or, Aunt Jane’s Cooking Class) and one from 1915 (The Fun of Cooking: A Story for Boys and Girls ). They are essentially storybooks with recipes in them but it’s clearly the way kids were initially exposed to the basic steps of cookery.
From AUNT JANE’S COOKING CLASS:
“Oh, Aunt Jane, are we going to cook again to-day?”
“Cook?” said Aunt Jane, sleepily, “Cook what? Oh, yes, I remember. I can tell you better after I have had a cup of coffee. I never know anything before breakfast.”
Rock on, Aunt Jane.