"Food is the only source of human power to work or to think," writes Fannie Farmer in her 1904 book Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent. For a patient suffering from "dilated stomach," she suggests a simple meal of water toast—more or less exactly what it sounds like. This recipe appears here as it reads in Farmer's cookbook.
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INGREDIENTS2 slices dry toast
¾ tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
½ tbsp. butter