Do any of you have the 1959 "Pillsbury’s Best 1000 Recipes: Best of the Bake-Off Collection"? It is a collection of the recipes for the first ten years of the contest. It was printed with a laminated cover but also in a scarcer deluxe edition that has a linen-like cover and a pictorial dust jacket.
Just a few years later, in the late 60s, the bake-off contestants were allowed to use mixes, much to the chagrin of many. So this huge cookbook, filled with "from scratch" recipes for every type of dessert imaginable, plus some main dishes, has become something of a a cult classic, even more prized after this write-up
on November 1.
The earlier editions of Joy of Cooking are hardly alone in popularity. Seems that the Pillsbury book is just one example among many of the retro books that our parents and grandparents grew up with and that we apparently find irresistible. Copies of Meta Givens' books, Mary Margaret McBride's "Encylopedia of Cooking, "Woman's Home Companion books, the "Wise Encyclopedia of Cookery," and others are in big demand.
Do you have any old cookbooks that you particularly cherish, either for the recipes or the sake of nostalgia?