Recipes from the Great Depression

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Clara Cannucciari is a sweet 94-year-old woman who lived through the Depression, and has the tales—and the recipes—to prove it. Most of the meals she makes can be thrown together for less than $1 per serving.

She’s also an entrepreneur, who is selling a cookbook and DVD. You can check out some of her recipes in a series of videos posted at YouTube, where Clara’s Great Depression Cooking meals include this one made with potatoes, pasta, onions, and hot dogs, and the Poorman’s Feast, which combines with lentils, rice, and fried meat.

While the food is cooking, Clara talks about life in the Great Depression—about how she had to drop out of high school because she couldn’t afford socks, and how they entertained themselves before radio. What did they do? They read books!