Anyone who knows me, knows I haunt thrift shops on both sides of the border (Canada and the USofA), rummage sales, garage sales... you name a place where they sell old crap, and I'm there. I mostly wallow in vintage kitchen wares: bowls, utensils, cookware, etc. But another section that draws me irresistibly is old cookbooks, the weirder the better.
There are thousands of old cookbooks out there, some from manufacturers of cookware, or appliances, and lots more from food manufacturers; cereal companies, dairies, flour makers, etc. Did you know that there are old cookbooks devoted entirely to cooking wieners in new ways, or 30 ways to cook cream of wheat, and even how to make an elegant dinner with Spam?
You can probably tell that I enjoy reading cookbooks of all ages. What I've only recently learned is that there are lots of folks like me, and they write and blog about it!
Who knew that I'm not the only one? There are many folks who have made a career out of collecting and selling old cookbooks. Today I thought I'd share something from my personal collection.
Isn't this a great book, 'Cooking Indoor and Outdoor'? I love the cover image. Published in 1959 by H. S. Stuttman Inc., it has a real 'Dick and Jane' look to it. Aimed at kids, it features gems like pea and tomato soup, made with - you guessed it - one can of pea and one can of tomato soup. I have lots of great books like this one, and if folks are interested, I'd love to share some of the images and recipes from them with you all.
Personally, I'm fascinated by the 1950s and 60s fixation on jelly molds, and I'm dying to try one! I just don't know if any of my friends would eat it.
So... does anyone else like looking at old cookbooks, or even, dare I ask, collecting them?
And... what's the weirdest recipe you've ever tried?
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