Water Toast

  • Serves

    makes 1 Serving


"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.


  • 2 slices dry toast
  • 34 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 12 tbsp. butter


Step 1

Drop toast, each piece separately, in boiling salted water, remove to hot dish, spread with butter, and serve at once.

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