Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vintage Cooking With Betty

I am a really 'basic' cook!  I enjoy making healthy, inexpensive meals for my family, but what  I really enjoy is collecting
I started finding vintage Betty Crocker cookbooks in the thrift stores and wanted to share some of my favorites with you!
This was my first cookbook!  Published in 1957 I was 7 years old and thought cooking with Mom was so much fun! 
Who doesn't love pigs in a blanket
 I used this cookbook with my daughters 
when they were growing up
I recently found this 'newer' edition of the Boys and Girls Cookbook...copyright 1965 and this one was printed in 1971...still way before my girls were born.  I like it and the 'updated' illustrations.  Lots of the same recipes but this one caught my eye
Didn't we all make a bunny salad as kids?

Moving on to Grown Up Cookbooks
This 1960 edition has Party recipes and ideas
Here are some fun ideas for Valentine's Day

This Outdoor Cook Book was printed in 1961
It has barbecuing, outdoor cooking and camp cooking ideas.  It's really fun to look at!
I love the illustrations for this one!

The Hostess Cookbook is from 1967 and one of my favorites...just look at the cover! 
Valentine's Dinner
Chinese New Year Buffet
This cookbook is especially fun to look at all the vintage dishes and serving pieces

The Do-Ahead Cookbook is from 1972
"Your life is crowded: you don't have the time to spend in the kitchen that your mother and grandmother did.  Wouldn't you like to put together a real home-cooked meal in the limited time you have?"  
How to make your own 'freezer meals'
Remember Swanson TV Dinners? 

I love these Betty Crocker cookbooks and have a few duplicates I'm going to list on my Etsy shop soon.  Let me know if you are interested in any of them first! 

This cookbook is not from Betty and it's not really 'vintage' but it is special to me
Printed in 1993 this was a cookbook from my church.  I had several recipes included.
This is my favorite!  It is sooooo good.  I entered a small cooking contest in my little town with this recipe and won First Place in Vegetables!  So not vintage, lol, but I am! 

I'm joining these parties  
Suzanne for Vintage Thingy Thur
Diann for Thrifty Things Friday

This is post # that means the next post will be #500....
I think that will call for a giveaway! 



Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I would love to find that vintage cookbook -- the first one -- we had that growing up too.

sissie said...

Hi Linda,
I had the Betty Crocker child's cookbook in your first photo. Wow, does that bring back memories.

I also had a Campbell's Soup recipe book that my Mom gave me when I first got married! LOL!

Love your collection.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Pigs in the Blanket-gotta love that:@) Fun cook books Linda!

Bliss said...

I looked twice at the picture of Rocket Salad.


Gina said...

I love cookbooks, vintage and modern! You've got a wonderful collection, Linda.

Stella said...

I received a Betty Crocker cookbook as a wedding present in 1959. As a new bride it was one of the best things I received. Many years later many of the recipes are hard to read as they have been so well used through the years. But it is still my go to cookbook.

Gina said...

LOL! I'm laughing at Bliss's comment. I did the same thing! I guess we have our minds in the gutter! :D

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a fun look at all your cookbooks. I must of never payed attention because I do not remember ever seeing any of those?!

My husband and I both think there is never enough onions so we will be trying your award winning recipe!

Cindy said...

I have a few of the same vintage cookbooks you have. I do love them! The illustrations make me happy.

Catherine said...

These cookbooks are so fun! I'm not even a basic cook. I'm more of a open a box of Kraft Dinner and cook some frozen chicken fingers sort of a gal. Ha!

Wishing you a happy weekend Linda!
xo Catherine

LV said...

Since you enjoy cooking, you have some very vintage and great cookbook collection.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I've got the Betty Crocker Birthday Party cookbook with party ideas. I love the illustrations, too!

Kim, USA said...

That's an awesome collection. Me too like to cook simple dish but delish. I think I would hunt for Betty Crocker cookbook too I am impressed of your collection and of course is going to start cooking ^_^

Kim, USA

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

omg the hush puppies!!! i love it!!

Chatty Crone said...

Linda - I had that first one when I was little - gee that brought back such memories. Good ones.

Love, sandie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What cute old books. I have an old Betty Crocker book that belonged to my grandmother, but it is just a hardback with no pictures. I borrowed it from my mom many years ago and never gave it back.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I couldn't believe what you wrote in the beginning of this post! I know we have a lot in common but this is so funny! We are the same age and we both still have our first cookbook! THE SAME ONE! I got mine when I got married though. My friend said it might seem silly to get a kid's cookbook but it had so many good basic recipes and I made them all! I posted about it on one of my very first posts so I went back and found it!
I love cute coincidences like this, don't you? Hugs! ♥

BECKY said...

OMG, Linda! I, too, had that same first cookbook! I don't remember exactly when I got it, but I had fun making lots of those recipes...sometimes with help from my mom. I wrote about this not too long ago on my blog. I'll have to see if I can find it. I also love cookbooks of all kinds. I gave away a lot of them a couple of years ago and wished now that I hadn't! Thanks for the memories!!

Catherine Love said...

I remember that first cookbook from when I was little - it stayed in a drawer in grandma's kitchen and I loved to look at it :) .

SixBalloons said...

Yum... the onion casserole sounds delish! Love the aprons on the Mom and Daughter on the first book.

Jill said...

Old cookbooks are so neat!! I seem to see the Betty Crocker ones quite often when I'm on the thrifting hunt......

LBP said...

I have several of those cookbooks too! And the Betty Crocker was one I owned as a child as well! I love the photography in those old books as well as the plates and serving pieces they show!



Marigene said...

Great vintage cookbooks, Linda. At one time I had over 3500...when we moved from Phoenix to The Middle Of Nowhere I got rid of most of them.

Sarah said...

Linda, it's fun to see your vintage cookbooks. Great collection. ~ Sarah

Pondside said...

I love my old Betty Crocker cookbook and buy a copy whenever I see it. I've gone through three myself and have bought one each for my daughter and daughter-in-law.

Scarlett said...

These are all so lovely, there is something so fabulous about vintage cook book illustrations - love them :o) Scarlett x

JunqueMagnet said...

I am always attracted to the graphics on these cookbooks! And often the recipes are VERY amusing. Thanks for sharing.

c. Joy said...

When I saw the bunny salad I gasped. I had forgotten it, but it used to be something really special in my life. I love those recipe books, mine looked a bit different - maybe it was published another year? But it was Betty Cocker and I loved it. I learned to make "spanish rice" with that book - when I got to Texas (many years later) my husband informed me that it wasn't any spanish rice he had ever had. oh, well. It's still my favorite.

Alabama Amy said...

Love the cookbooks!

Creations By Cindy said...

Linda I too love cookbooks! I am going to be on the lookout now for some vintage ones when I hit the thrift stores again. Hugs & Blessings, Cindy

~~Carol~~ said...

I'm sure that there are tons of great recipes in those books, but just look at those graphics! I especially like the one that looks like it has The Brady Bunch house on the cover!

dee dee said...

What a wonderful collection of vintage cookbooks! Do you have one place in your home where you display them?
Doesn't everyone make bunny salads?
Dee Dee

Suzanne said...

Hey you...i wouldn't call you antique!!!:) I love this post Linda. It really brings back memories. Those oldies are the best. I remember the Party cookbook well:) Recently I found a new bride cookbook that is so dang cute, I can't wait to give it to one of my girls.
One more thing...I am definitely trying your onion casserole recipe. Sounds yummy!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

What a wonderful collection with special memories of cooking as a child, with your Mom, with your daughters and someday soon with your grands! My Grands love to cook with me and have been making pancakes since they could stand or sit on the counter to stir and pour and then as they got older flip the pancakes!

They always tell me...Nana, we will always be able to make pancakes. And they do often!

Neat post, Linda! Love it!

Lynn said...

I don't cook that much but I do love vintage cookbooks. They have the best recipes in them. And like you, I'm published in my church's cookbook. So fun! Have a wonderful weekend, Linda. Thanks for sharing!

Diann said...

These vintage BC cookbooks look so awesome! I love them and I love vintage cookbooks. I need to go through mine soon and find some new fun recipe! Thanks for joining TTF and have a great weekend !

Kathy said...

Hello Linda,
These vintage cookbooks are amazing! I remember Mother making that pear salad! So much fun - your recipe looks great - my dad entered a contest years ago and won too! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with Home and Garden Thursday,

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! I too just love these olden cookbooks. The illustrations are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing them.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Jenny said...

I have many of those same cookbooks...and I love them! They are getting to be really collectible, too!

Annesphamily said...

I love your collection of cookbooks! Nick's friend Fabian is going to cooking cooking! He is a kid who can run like the wind and whip up a perfectly presented dessert too! A young womans dream guy! Hee Hee!
I have many cookbooks, I need to get them out of storage! I even have a popcorn cookbook somewhere! Ha Ha! I have a Betty Crocker big red cookbook. Helped me with my kitchen skills when I was a young bride! We share lots of common interests Linda! That is why I love you so!