Cook’s Country magazine, the rustic, gap-toothed cousin of Cook’s Illustrated, has pulled off the small-scale equivalent of publishing a gushing profile of the amazing new luxury ship Titanic —on April 16, 1912.

This month’s edition features a lavish full-page spread celebrating “Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing.” It opens with a stirring affirmation:

In the salad world, not much satisfies like a wilted spinach salad —a hearty mix of earthy spinach, warm bacon-enriched dressing, and creamy hard-cooked eggs …


And these days, nothing packs quite the intimidation factor, either. At this point, having an earthy wilted spinach salad is an act of culinary bravado akin to eating a live, Tabasco-marinated pit bull.

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