Monday, September 26, 2016

VINTAGE COOKBOOKS ARE FULL OF SURPRISES


By Mary Kennedy                     
                                          
While cleaning out a few boxes in the basement, I came across a treasure trove of vintage cookbooks. Many were gifts, some dating back to my grandmother's time. Have cookbooks changed over the years? Yes, big-time. Some of the covers are historical, check out the Gibson Girl hair-do!
                                                                               
 
Some remind us that people loved to party back in the 50's and 60's when people had time to fix elaborate hors d'oeuvres...                                           
                 
 
Some (incredibly!) recall a time when women cooked and men ate (and served as food critics.) Oh dear...
                                                             
 
Some churches and community groups wrote and published cookbooks as fund-raisers (and they still do.)                                                             
Some cookbooks are handed down from generations ago. The plot in Dream a Little Scream, one of my Dream Club mysteries, includes a treasured family cookbook whose recipes might have been stolen by a celebrity chef.
                                                              

      I got the idea from seeing an old family cookbook like this one...
                                                                  
 
Another interesting thing about these cookbooks is that they don't include any nutritional information and people weren't overly concerned with the amount of saturated fat, sugar or carbs in a recipe.  It was a simpler time and people were interested in whether a dish tasted good. If it was easy to prepare, that was a bonus!
                                                            
 
How about you? Do you have some favorite cookbooks from years gone by? Or a folder of treasured family recipes? It's fun to dig in and explore some of these tasty treats from years ago And don't forget the Cozy Chicks' cook book and tea party book. We selected our very best recipes for them.
                                                              
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear about some of your favorite recipes!
 
Mary Kennedy