Although I had a small, but nice, selection of cookbooks when I embarked on the journey that is Dinner is Served!, this project fired up the “must have it all” part of my brain. You know–that urge to own every set of salt and pepper shakers every produced or hoard obscure movie memorabilia.
I want to pose a question: do you think that the collecting thing is genetic or is it learned?
Let’s just say that I come from a family that collects stuff–beautifully curated and meticulously displayed stuff–but stuff nonetheless.
Anyway, as my mid-century cookbook collection has grown, I thought it would be nice to start cataloging them here as they appear on the blog. (I’d love to do the thing where I link back from the cookbook to the recipes that have appeared on the blog, but so many years in, that would take so. damn. long.)
To be honest, there are very few pieces in my collection that I have purchased myself; so I want to give a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to my strange addiction (especially those who I have never met in real life). I am still gobsmacked over how generous yinz guys are!
So, welcome! Please, peruse my bookshelf. If you have a question, need a recipe, or would like to know more about any of the books, just let me know!
Meredith Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Cook Book Featuring illustrations by Andy Warhol Doubleday & Company (1961) Better Homes & Gardens Bread Cook Book Meredith Corporation (5th printing, 1968) Campbell’s Great Restaurants Cookbook, U.S.A. Rutledge Books (1969) Better Homes & Gardens Casserole Cookbook Meredith Publishing Company (7th printing, 1967) Celebrity Cookbook by Johna Blinn Moby Books (1981) The Chamberlain Calendar of French Menus (1965) Cookindex Tested Recipe Institute, Inc. (1959) Better Homes & Gardens Cooking with Cheese Meredith Corporation (4th printing, 1968) The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by Frank Decaro Health Communications, Inc. (2011) Dinner is Served Marjon Promotions (1972) Electric Skillet Frypan Cookbook by Roberta Ames with drawings by Nathan Gluck Hearthside Press (1955) Esquire Cook-Book by the Editors of Esquire McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1955) Family Circle Casserole Cookery Family Circle Magazine Arno Press, Inc. (1978) Family Circle Illustrated Library of Cooking Volume 1 A-Bev The Family Circle, Inc. (1972) Favorite Recipes The Outer Banks Woman’s Club of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina Circulation Service, Inc. (1988) Better Homes & Gardens Fish and Seafood Cook Book Meredith Corporation (1971) Better Homes & Gardens Fondue and Tabletop Cooking Meredith Corporation (9th printing, 1972) Fresh Ideas from Velveeta Kraft, Inc. (1986) General Electric Countertop Microwave Oven Cookbook (year unknown) Gourmets & Groundhogs by Elaine Light, Illustrated by Ken Rundel Second Edition Revised Copyright Elaine Light Gray Printing Co. (1971) Here’s How by Stouffer’s The Stouffer Corporation (1958) Better Homes & Gardens Jiffy Cooking Meredith Publishing Company (1967) The Joy of Cooking Volume 1 by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker Signet (year unknown) The Joys of Jell-O General Foods Corporation (1963) The Joys of Jell-O Gelatin General Foods Corporation (1981) Liberace Cooks! By Liberace and Carol Traux Doubleday & Company (1970) Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen: Old Time Cooking Like My Mama Used to Make Ranch, Inc. (2004) Better Homes & Gardens Creative Cooking Library: Lunches and Brunches Meredith Publishing Company (1963) Mama’s Recipes: A Treasury of Hungarian-American Foods St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church Munhall, PA (year unknown) Marguerite Patten’s Recipe Cards Paul Hamlyn Ltd. (1967) Better Homes & Gardens Creative Cooking Library (C6): Meals in Minutes Meredith Publishing Company (1963) Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book Meredith Corporation (4th edition, 7th printing 1971) Mike Kalina’s Pittsburgh Cookbook Pina Books (1991) Better Homes and Gardens Pies and Cakes Meredith Corporation (8th printing, 1970) The Playboy Gourmet by Thomas Mario Castle Books (1977) Inscription: “Merry Christmas to Steve…The All-Time Cedar Street Cook! Love, Janie Playboy’s Host & Bar Book by Thomas Mario Playboy (1971) The Presley Family Cookbook by Vester Presley and Nancy Rooks Wimmer Brothers 8th printing (1989) Recipes That Please Compiled by the St. Alphonsus Mothers’ Club, Springdale, PA Bev-Ron Publishing Company (1966) Secret Ingredients by the Jewish Community Center of Harrison Wintry Press (1977) 75th Anniversary Jubilee Polish/American Cookbook Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, McKees Rocks, PA (1985) The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock Richard R. Smith, Inc (1930) Inscription says “A Gift from Gail to Father for Christmas in 1929 ~Jay R. Wells” Shirley Jones’ Favorite Holiday Recipes Ralph’s Grocery Stores (1984) The Smirnoff Brunch Cookbook Introduction by S. I. Hayakawa A Benjamin Company/Rutledge Book (1971)
Better Homes & Gardens Creative Cooking Library (C4): Snacks and Refreshments Meredith Publishing Company (1963) Better Homes & Gardens Creative Cooking Library (C3): So-Good Meals Meredith Publishing Company (1963) The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook by Gloria Bley Miller Grosset & Dunlap (1977 printing) Three Rivers Cookbook Volume I Child Health Association of Sewickley, Inc. Originally published 1973 A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary & Vincent Price Ampersand Press (1965) Better Homes & Gardens Vegetable Cook Book Meredith Publishing Company (2nd printing, 1967) The Williamsburg Cookbook complied by Letha Booth The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1975) Woman’s Own 365 Menu Cookbook by Marguerite Patten The Hamlyn Publishing Group (1973) Inscription: Christmas 1977 To Mrs. Quonn–Enjoy! Enjoy! Lovingly, Edythe Wonderful Ways to Prepare Cocktails & Mixed Drinks by Jo Ann Shirley Playmore, Inc. (1979)