Current Crush-Vintage Cookbooks

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“One reason cooking is so exciting is that there is always something new you can make; actually it can be a new adventure every single day.”
Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Sampler

One of the many things I collect, besides teacups, are vintage cookbooks. I collect vintage children’s books, vintage and antique valentines, vintage linens, vintage glassware and china, and vintage plaid thermoses/coolers/lunchboxes. Oh! and red and white enamelware. I think that’s it….yup, that’s it.

These aren’t all of my old cookbooks, but I took pictures of some of my favorites, with the most interesting covers. Opening them up takes me back in time to a 1950s kitchen with red and white gingham curtains, and apple pie cooling on the windowsill…and back to a time when women dressed like Stepford wives 🙂

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I love the illustrations in vintage books. Some of them are so funny. Like in this one, the dad is smoking a pipe while he gets the grill ready. I have never seen this happen in real life. hee hee

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And look at this photograph. Can you imagine the energy it would take to make a tailgate picnic look this pretty? Look how the mom is so happy to be serving everyone. There’s only one explanation. She’s a Stepford wife. If I was in this picture I’d be sitting in a lawn chair under one of those trees in the background, sipping a martini.

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Look at the outfit on this lady. If you ever come over to my house for a barbecue and I’m wearing anything that even remotely resembles this you have permission to punch me.

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This “Gold Medal Flour Cook Book”  contains one of my favorite sponge cake recipes, but like almost all vintage cookbooks it also has recipes for weird things like forcemeat. I don’t even want to know what forcemeat is.

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so cute!

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So many of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes in one book!

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I love the old entertaining books that give you a time line for planning a party a month in advance. Laugh out loud funny 🙂

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I love the pink cover on this book. It has some cute party game ideas too.

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love and love…

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My friend Steph gave sent me this for Christmas. I haven’t gotten a chance to read the whole thing, but I’m looking forward to it. Thanks Steph!

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Great recipe for REAL baked beans and brown bread!

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This was Andie’s favorite cookbook when she was little. She loved to make the sugar cookies “all by herself.”

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One of my absolute favorites.

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LOVE it!

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One of the ten books I own by one of my favorite authors, Gladys Taber. Look for her out of print “Stillmeadow” books on ebay, you won’t be disappointed. Timeless wisdom!

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lots of good recipes

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so adorable. nice Glogg recipe.

So, what do you collect? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Happy weekend!

~Melissa

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