My Cookbook Collection

BH&G collection

It has grown A LOT since I took these photos



This was from my kitchen renovation in 2012

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!

2 in 1 cocktail set

The 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection for Mixed Drinks and Hors D’Oeurve
Random House (1977) 
365 Ways to Cook Hamburger by Doyne Nickerson
Doubleday & Company (1960)

All-Time Favorite Salads

                                               Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Salad Recipes
                                                          Meredith Corporation 5th Printing (1984)

                                                          Meredith Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Cook Book
                                                               Featuring illustrations by Andy Warhol
                                                                        Doubleday & Company (1961)

magical jell-o

Amazing Magical Jell-O Desserts: 72 Gelatin & Pudding Recipes Your Kids Will Enjoy
General Foods (1977)

Are You Hungry Tonight?

Are You Hungry Tonight? Elvis’ Favorite Recipes 
Compiled by Brenda Arlene Butler
Bluewood Books (1992)

Baba's Cook Book

Baba’s Cook Book
Ken J. Linkiewich, AIFD, Publisher
1980 Canadian Florist of the Year (1982)

BBQs & picnics

Better Homes & Gardens Creative Cooking Library (C8): Barbecues and Picnics
Meredith Publishing Company (1963)
The Betty Furness Westinghouse Cook Book, prepared under the direction of Julia Kiene
Simon & Schuster, First Edition (1954)
The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer
Little Brown and Company (1924) written in 1896
Bread Cook Book
Better Homes & Gardens Bread Cook Book
Meredith Corporation (5th printing, 1968)
Great Restaurants USA
Campbell’s Great Restaurants Cookbook, U.S.A.
Rutledge Books (1969)
Better Homes & Gardens Casserole Cookbook
Meredith Publishing Company (7th printing, 1967)
celebrity cookbook
Celebrity Cookbook by Johna Blinn
Moby Books (1981)
1965 Chamberlain Calendar of French Menus
The Chamberlain Calendar of French Menus (1965)
thanksgiving dishes 009
Tested Recipe Institute, Inc. (1959)

Cooking for Two

Better Homes & Gardens Cooking for Two 
Meredith Corporation (13th Printing, 1977)
Inscription: Compliments of the Big Red Q Quickprint Center
Cooking With CheeseBetter Homes & Gardens Cooking with Cheese
Meredith Corporation (4th printing, 1968)

cook's choice

Cook’s Choice: A Collection of Favorite Recipes 
Brandeis University National Women’s Committee (1967)
Dead Celebrity Cookbook
The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by Frank Decaro
Health Communications, Inc. (2011)
dinner is served 003
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)
casserole cookery
Family Circle Casserole Cookery
Family Circle Magazine 
Arno Press, Inc. (1978)
Family Circle Library
Family Circle Illustrated Library of Cooking
Volume 1 A-Bev
The Family Circle, Inc. (1972)
outer banks recipes
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"
Better Homes & Gardens Fish and Seafood Cook Book 
Meredith Corporation (1971)
Fondue Cook Book
Better Homes & Gardens Fondue and Tabletop Cooking
Meredith Corporation (9th printing, 1972)
Fresh Ideas
Fresh Ideas from Velveeta
Kraft, Inc. (1986)
GE Microwave Oven Cookbook
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)
Jiffy Cooking
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)
1980s Joys of Jell-O
The Joys of Jell-O Gelatin
General Foods Corporation (1981)
lee cooks2
Liberace Cooks! By Liberace and Carol Traux
Doubleday & Company (1970)
Loretta Lynn Cookbook
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)
Meat Cook Book
Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book
Meredith Corporation (4th edition, 7th printing 1971)
Mike Kalina's Pittsburgh
Mike Kalina’s Pittsburgh Cookbook
Pina Books (1991)
Pies and Cakes
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)
Saints Cyril & Methodius Cookbook
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 Holiday Cards
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)


Snacks and Refreshments
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)
3riverscookbookThree 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)
vegetable cook book
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
Mixed Drink book
 Wonderful Ways to Prepare Cocktails & Mixed Drinks by Jo Ann Shirley
Playmore, Inc. (1979)

22 Responses to My Cookbook Collection

  1. DJ says:

    My mom has the Gloria Bley Miller Chinese cookbook. I saw it on your shelf and recognized it instantly! My favorite cookbook is probably the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I use the most recent one, but I have several versions, including the one my mom used when we were growing up. Good stuff, there.

  2. Kari says:

    Nice collection! I don’t know if it’s genetic or not, but I definitely have a tendency to collect things. My mom has the habit of saving things that “might be useful someday”, but she doesn’t choose things because they are of interest to her. I, on the other hand, have a wide variety of things that I think are pretty or useful or interesting. Or shiny. Shiny gets me every time.

    And I want that Savoy Cocktail book! I love the stylized look of that era.

  3. scolgin says:

    I don’t even want to think about the unspoken subtexts of “Liberace Cooks.” Ugghhhhhhhh…

  4. Wow. Thank you. That was a great scrolling experience. I’m especially interested in the Chamberlain French menu cookbook. His books fascinate me but I’ve never seen that one.

  5. Marcia says:

    Hi! I just discovered your blog and I think it’s great! Do you find some of the books for your collection at local antique shops? There are tons in Maryland, and VA!

    • Yinzerella says:

      I find them EVERYWHERE. Actually, a lot of them are given to me by friends and readers. I really haven’t bought any locally. The ones I’ve purchased have been in PA. Do you recommend any stores in MD?

  6. Marcia says:

    Hampden in Baltimore has some vintage shops, and I love going to Main Street in Ellicott City. They have a wide variety of antiques and antique shops! (and new shops too)

  7. I would be more than happy to contribute to your collection. I have a 1971 Better Crocker Recipe Card Library that could use a good home. At the moment, it hides in a cabinet above the fridge, only brought out when I feel like staring at the photo of the Cheeseburger Pie.

    • Yinzerella says:

      I can’t remember if it is the Betty Crocker or Better Homes & Gardens cards that I own.
      Now I want to make the Cheeseburger Pie.

      • Well, if it is card #2 in the “Entertaining on a Shoestring” section, then you have yourself a Cheeseburger Pie.

        If not:
        ’71 Betty Crocker Recipe Card LibraryCheeseburger Pie

        1 stick or 1/2 packet of our pie crust
        1 pound Ground Beef
        1 teaspoon salt
        1/2 teaspoon oregano
        1/4 teaspoon pepper
        1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
        1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
        1/4 cup chopped onion
        1/4 cup chopped green pepper
        Cheese Toping (Below)
        1/2 cup chili sauce

        Heat over to 425º. Prepare pastry for 9-inch One-crust Pie as directed on package. In medium skillet, cook and stir meat until brown. Drain off fat. Stir in salt, oregano, pepper, crumbs, 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, the onion and greed pepper. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan. Spread Cheese Topping over filling.

        Bake about 30 minutes. Cut into wedges. Still together remaining tomato sauce and the chili sauce; serve with pie. 6 – 8 servings.

        Cheese Topping:
        1 egg
        1/4 cup milk
        1/2 teaspoon each salt, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce
        2 cups shredded natural Cheddar cheese (about 8 oz)

        Beat egg and milk; stir in seasonings and cheese.

  8. Christine says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog! Amazing. However I was wondering if you could tell me the recipe that is on the cover of Campbell’s Great Restaurants Cookbook, U.S.A.
    I have been looking for it since I found it on Awful library books. If you could please pass it along that would be fantastic.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Hello, I have been searching for a year for a church cookbook and I see it is on your page here. Mama’s Recipes A traditional Hungarian-American foods. My grandmother passed this to me form 1960 and we remodeled our kitchen and pages from the book I am looking for wore torn out somehow. I would love to get this book or the recipes I am missing form you. Please let me know if you can help a girl out. I really want to keep the baking tradition on going with my family. I am looking for the COLD DOUGH recipes for nut rolls and apricot rolls. Thank You , Cheryl

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