The American Airlines Recipe Book

We recently posted about the American Airlines Wine Club, which allows people to enjoy wines served inflight at home. Turns out that in 1994 the company did something similar with its airline food, publishing a recipe book so that people could "prepare their inflight favorites at home". It was titled A Taste of Something Special.

The book was given to frequent fliers, rather than being sold to the public. But you can now download a pdf of the entire thing via Michigan State University Library.

Yonkers Herald Statesman - Feb 8, 1996

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 14, 2021
     Category: Food | Cookbooks | Air Travel and Airlines | 1990s

United Airlines also sells a recipe booklet, called the The United Polaris® Cookbook. Usually cost is $29.99, current sale price is $15.00. Here's a link:
Posted by Fritz on 04/14/21 at 09:11 AM
I remember when Northwest Airlines was bought out by the "super kids" who had bought out and completely turned the Mariott hotel chain around. I had just started working for them, and the new owners wanted to bring some zing to the menu. So they got some of the best hotel chefs around, had a contest for the best recipes and had the winning chefs supervise the kitchens in making it properly. It still tasted bland, dry, and nothing special. It turns out that at the altitude jets fly, the in cabin atmospheric pressure is turned down, and that affects the taste of food. So that was a bit of a bust. But the recipes when prepared on the ground, were delicious!
Posted by mjbird on 04/14/21 at 04:29 PM
Comparing foodstuffs from various flights, I have found that the meals served on the return flights from Europe have more flavorful ingredients. The flights from France usually come with more cheese and bread, which suits my taste after a week of snacking on those during my vacation. The low pressure in a cabin may dull the taste buds a bit, but you can't go wrong with a small block of President camembert cheese and a good slice of French bread.

If you're real nice to the flight crew they may give you a leftover meal pack that would have gone to a passenger who didn't make the flight.
Posted by KDP on 04/15/21 at 12:11 PM
I once acquired a small grey crock with bail (perhaps 2" diameter and 3" tall) bearing the Braniff logo and a little sticker identifying it as "aged cheese." I assume it was part of a first-class meal. It was the most wonderful cheese ever! I've never found its like anywhere. I've eaten Roquefort in France, Cheddar and Stilton in England (which I think is illegal here), and various regional cheeses in several parts of Europe, and while some are excellent, none rival that little crock's heavenly offering.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/15/21 at 02:35 PM
Got curious once again and found this:

From dated March 14, 2021 "The US has today announced it will suspend a series of tariffs on a range of British goods, including Scotch whisky and Stilton cheese, for four months in a de-escalation of a long-running trade conflict.

The UK and US will try to broker a longer term agreement over the next four months to put to bed the 16-year long dispute between Boeing and Airbus, with tariffs slashed from 25 per cent to zero."

(At least I hope I was able to get the url linking to work)
Posted by Steve E. on 04/15/21 at 07:00 PM
Well, hunh, whaddaya know. Nowadays they only feed you enough to discourage cannibalism.
Posted by RiChard on 04/15/21 at 07:54 PM
RiChard, if they want to discourage cannibalism, they should improve the quality of the food.
Posted by ges on 04/15/21 at 09:20 PM
The 1st time I flew Northwest, the meal was terrific – much better than I had had before (or since). I'd say it was something special, mjbird. That must have been during the "super kids" improvements.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/16/21 at 11:21 AM
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