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Little 'Mock' Food History
foods (foods that are named for an ingredient
that is not in the recipe) have a long history.
Medieval cooks employed by wealthy families were
fascinated with illusion food. The practice of
calling one food by another name or making one
meat resemble another was quite an art and highly
era cooks were also intrigued by mock foods. They
enjoyed Mock Turtle Soup (calf's head),
Mock Goose (leg of pork) and Mock Apple
Pie (soda crackers). The Depression and
World War II era cooks created mock foods to stretch
the budget and satisfy family tastes. The 1931
edition of Irma Rombauer's The Joy of Cooking
has recipes for Mock Chicken Sandwiches (tuna),
Mock Pistachio Ice Cream (vanilla with almond
extract and green food coloring) and Mock
Oxford English Dictionary does not have an entry
for City chicken or Mock chicken, but it does
have an entry for 'mock duck' and 'mock goose'.
These are defined as "a piece of pork from
which the 'crackling' [skin] has been removed,
baked with a stuffing of sage and onions".
The Oxford English Dictionary traces this usage
in print to 1877.