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Old 10-22-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Old cookbooks

I ran across this tonight and thought that some of you might be interested.

Old Recipe Books - Basic Home Cooking and Canning Recipes

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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Meta Givens Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking. 1947-1955. Two volumes. I bought the first volume for a quarter at a thrift, because I liked the cake recipes. I wanted, later, to look something up, but found it was probably in volume 2. Recently found volume 2, but forgot what I was gonna look up. Have times changed? Well, volume 2 has a great recipe for brain fritters. These are great cookbooks, with some minor substitutions. Lard was very much en vogue back then.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:18 PM   #3
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I like old cook books - but I wouldn't use the old canning recipes!

I got my love for cooking from my grandmother .. but I was a little too young to write the recipes down (hey, I was only 5) and she never cooked from recipes - I just remembered the basics of what they were and how they tasted. When I found a reprint of an old out-of-print cookbook (Southern Cooking by Henrietta Dull aka Mrs. S. R. Dull) I was able to finally get back in touch my Nanny's cooking.




Oh and don't worry about lard ... it's not as bad as "they" say it is.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:40 PM   #4
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Here's an interesting one:
1907 White House cookbook. Yeah, THE White House. Includes chapters on State dinners and such!
I have a slew of vintage advertising recipes booklets too, like Jello, Royal Baking Powder and such. Many came from a home ec teacher who used them back in the 1930s.
Somewhere I have a box of old cookbooks that will someday, if I find them, go on ebay. Someday.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:57 PM   #5
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I have seen the White House cook book. But sadly do not own one.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:02 AM   #6
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I like those old recipes, right back to basics
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:40 AM   #7
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Thanks for the link!!
I love collecting the older cookbooks. My oldest is The Young Housekeeper's Friend by Mrs. Cornelius from 1859.
The White House cookbook is on my wishlist. I have a new one, though.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:27 PM   #8
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The Gutenburg Project has the White House cookbook available for download.
Not nearly as cool as the real book but quite interesting.

The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) by Mrs. F.L. Gillette - Project Gutenberg
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:39 PM   #9
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guess what I found at the library today?
2003 reprint of the 1887 White House Cook Book.
pretty cool! for $.50!
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:50 PM   #10
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I finally got a First Edition of Betty Crocker Picture CookBook, 1950 Sixth Printing.

Almost unused with the original dust jacket.

For the most part the recipes are unexciting. I mean compared to much of todays ...

But the recipes being basic are excellent for the first time I do something.
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