I recently acquired these two cookie books…
And all I’ve been able to do is dream about cookies.
I’ve been making more cookies lately (just the standards which I love so much) and I Love, Love, Love what Betty says in her Picture Cook Book about them:
I don’t have a proper old-fashioned cookie jar but I do like having cookies in an air-tight container on my kitchen counter (as I do now).
So I couldn’t help myself when I learned about Betty’s vintage cooky book. I was drawn to it immediately and searched for one online; a used one, of course.
This Betty Crocker Cooky Book is from 1963 (First Edition First Printing) and it looks like new. I don’t know if the price sticker on the front is from 1963 though. The cover with all of the cookies just draws you to this book and there are many recipes inside.
This Woman’s Day Cookie Cook Book is from 1963, Third Printing.
It only cost 75 cents back when it was sold in ’63 which is such a bargain by today’s standards.
I’m guessing that many housewives in the 1960’s were very busy baking cookies once they retained one or both of these publications. I can only imagine how magical Christmas must have been back in that time with so many cookies coming out of mom’s oven. They can really make a home so warm and inviting especially when the smells are floating through the house as they are baking. Ah…such great memories!!
What cookies do you enjoy making and keeping in your home? Do you have a proper old-fashioned cookie jar full of cookies all of the time? Please share some of your cookie memories with me.
Chocolate chip are my most-favorite cookies and I love using milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips versus the semi-sweet; and I must use butter in the recipe! I’ve been addicted to the Nestle brand of chips because the chocolate content is better than Hershey’s (in my opinion the taste is so much better) and European chocolate is the best over anything because their number one ingredient is almost always chocolate (cocoa) versus sugar. Do you look at the ingredients listed on your chocolate chips? When you see sugar listed first you will find that the taste is just not as good as those which have the cocoa ingredients first.
(On a side-note, I love European chocolate over the American chocolate. If you haven’t tried any European chocolate you’re missing out on something very extraordinary in taste and quality. It seems like sugar has become the number one ingredient in all chocolate made in America anymore and the cocoa content is minimal.)
So many cookies…
so little time…
I love used vintage cookbooks from the early to mid 20th century and I’m happy with my small but ever-growing collection. When I search online for vintage cookbooks I always narrow my results to ‘used’ books because I want a book with character.
I decided to treat myself and leave work early one day last week to go to a used-book sale at a library in the city where I work (“early bird gets the worm,” as they say). They have two sales a year and I was there for one before but this time I was concentrating on looking through all of the cookbooks for anything vintage. So many of the books looked rather new and appeared as if they weren’t even opened or used and only $2.00 for most books. I found several Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks and Betty Crocker ones too. Most were newer and not the vintage ones I enjoy but I did find a reprint of the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book. On the inside it states that it is a reprint of the 1950 book and I believe the reprint date was 1988 or somewhere around that time and that it includes all of the original content/recipes from the book. I chuckled to myself as I flipped through it and recognized the pages from my original book which is the First Edition (Sixth Printing). Also, this one had a soft cover and copies of the front and back cover of the original one and it just wasn’t the same for me (many pages seemed distorted as it was “reprinted”).
Here is my original book which I bought last year through Amazon and has the character I’m looking for in a vintage book. It is in very good condition for its age too. I’m not going to get into too much detail about this book in relation to the recipes and content exclusive to this cookbook because Marianne over at Happily Mrs has chosen to cook-through this book for my challenge and she will most likely be sharing much with you as she blogs about her food. I bet you will want to buy one for yourself too! 🙂
These older cookbooks are more then just a collection of recipes. They give us a glimpse into the home life of housewives during the time period they were written and are so valuable in that regard. The newer cookbooks today just don’t compare to these older ones, in my opinion. Everything which I’ve made from this book so far has been really good and a “keeper.” I love all of the photos and how-tos included. I’ve been successful with my white yeast breads using the recipe and photo instructions in here.
I want to share the character of my book with you which makes it so much more special. I am thinking of myself as a safe-keeper of these older books until I pass on into the next life. Hopefully the next person will care for these books in the same manner that I do. They are getting more rare and difficult to find in such good condition. But the antique business has picked up in recent years in the United States and throughout the world more people are beginning to appreciate the value of these vintage items and prices are going through-the-roof for such things.
At one time it lived here although I don’t remember if the seller who sent it to me was from this place.
As I turn the page with the above sticker I am greeted by such a wonderful dedication page.
I’m sure Hilma so enjoyed cooking with this book. It probably brought a smile to her face every time she saw this from her friend, Sarah Fiske.
This book has a section on ‘making work easy’ with short cuts. I wrote about this once before at this link: Unique Discovery.
This book is truly a treasure and has so much it in that I want to make as well. If I could go back to the 1950’s and have a cookbook club I would certainly use this book and have a monthly dinner party to enjoy all of the foods. 🙂 I’ve been wondering though how much this book cost when it was published and sold in the 1950’s. Does anyone know? I’m very happy that I purchased this book as ‘used’ versus a reprint. I would like to read it as a novel but I keep getting distracted or side-tracked with something in the book or something else all together. As I type this post I am sitting here listening to Old Fashioned (Vintage) Christmas music and enjoying my trek through the mid 20th century. If you find one of these used treasures somewhere along your travels in life just hang onto it. There is a lot inside that you will enjoy!