Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Vintage Thursday Thingie:1957 Cookbook

This strangely wonderful cookbook was a used bookshop purchase about 25 years ago. The World's Best Recipes was published in hardcover in 1955 and in paperback (for 35 cents!) in 1957.As this back cover blurb says: " Your shortcut to becoming a distinguished cook"...or at least reading distinguished people's recipes!
Here's a pound cake recipe from former First Lady, Mrs. Truman-its been in her family for generations.
Are you more interested in what a famous cartoonist likes to eat? Try this:
Into the history of food? Have no fear, this cookbook tells the story of waffles...apparently in 1204 a knight in shining armor sat on his wife's cakes as they were cooking!
Have I ever made a recipe from this book...no! Is it a great cookbook read...you bet!

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22 comments:

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I love cookbooks like this and I never cook from them! I just love going through them, finding odd bits of information and things...

Happy VTT,
Tracy

Vonlipi said...

Those are the best read! I never cook from them either! :)

Postcardy said...

I love to look at cookbooks, but I usually can't find recipes that I actually want to make.

I remember when paperbacks were only 35¢. Now new ones are so expensive that I usually avoid them.

Tammy said...

Vintage cookbooks are fabulous. I've never actually followed a recipe out of one, but they are an entertaining read.

GardenofDaisies said...

My sister collects vintage cookbooks. They are so fun to go through and this one looks like a winner!

Ann Creek said...

Thank you for your nice comments. I love collecting books too. I bet some of the receipes are great!
Ann

Maureen said...

Interesting cookbook. A lot of people must love the silly knight!

Carrie said...

What a fun cook book... I am still chuckling about the knight sitting on his wife's cake -- while it was baking!

Manang Kim said...

I wonder if the old recipe is better than the new one hmmm ^_^

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Low Tide High Style said...

What a great cookbook and I've never heard that story about how waffles came into being, too funny!

Kat :)

Barbi Bamberger said...

"The World's Best Recipes" sounds like a tall order! Have they really searched around the world?

Coloradolady said...

What a treasure! And the original price....unbelievable. THanks for showing the recipes, I may have to try the cake recipe out! I have never seen this recipe before! Happy VTT!

Marina said...

I love to look at vintage books, and vintage cookbooks are so much more fun than the modern one.
Great post.

Teresa~ Gardening with Soule said...

What a great cookbook. It's funny how things change even in cook books.

Roslyn said...

Have you tried Mrs. Truman's pound cake? I really good home made LOVE pound cake!
if you have any info on the pyrex subject I would love to know it, Miri.And oh, did you decide on a setting for the quilt yet?

Elizabeth said...

I don't cook or use cookbooks, but I love the illustrations!

Debbie said...

I like looking through old cookbooks. they have some wonderful graphics.

The Homemaker In High Heels said...

I collect old cookbooks,and I think the dog-eared, written-in,splattered ones are always the best!

Micki said...

That cookbook is just wonderful, and it looks like a good read!
Micki

Nana Moon said...

What a find! I love cookbooks! I will try the first lady's recipe, looks great! Thanks. Happy VTT!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

another sweet old cook book..they are the BEST kind :)

Troy said...

I love cookbooks, and especially old cookbooks!

his one looks great,

What a fun Vintage Thingy!