Monday, May 6, 2013

Roadside Cooking

This is a depression era picture which shows a woman cooking her meal on the side of the road over a small fire. This was not an uncommon scene during the great depression. The photographer asked her how things were going and she replied, "Do you suppose I'd be out on the highway cooking my steak if I had it good at home?" The picture was taken on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. The woman was a hotel maid who had fallen on hard times.


  1. A moving photo. We are so blessed and easily take it for granted. I once heard poverty defined as "a lack of choices" and this photo reminds me of that.
    -Anne K.

  2. Ya gotta wonder what she has in the pan? Unless, of course, you believe it is really a steak, like she told the photographer.

    And look at that car! I wonder, can anyone identify that car from what can be seen? I can't!

  3. I love the simplicity of it all with the cooking fire and the cast iron skillet

  4. At least she had food. Times were hard back then.

  5. There was a time when life was hard for me in the desert, and we had no electricity or running water. We lived very far out of town. So all of our cooking was done outside on a wood fire. I made everything, out there. I had cast iron skillets for everything. (still have those too) Even got my hands on a little coleman oven to set on the fire, which I used to make my biscuits for B&G. The food was delicious, and I seriously didn't mind cooking that way at all. Although when times were that hard steak was never an option. Ate lots of wild rabbit though, with gravy and baked potatoes. Yummm!


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