I'm getting a little more serious about the vintage foodie idea, which will probably turn up as a feature here on Atomic Betties, rather than on its own blog. I have quite the library of vintage cookbooks, which are so much fun to paw through. Even for someone who doesn't like cooking, they're fascinating. I thought I'd share some of the gems of my collection during the next couple of weeks. Up first is the actual crown jewel of my collection, "Mary Margaret McBride's Encyclopedia of Cooking, Deluxe Illustrated Edition".
Published in 1959, this hardback cookbook has seen better days. The spine of the book has threatened to fall apart and the previous owner used some pretty hefty tape to keep everything together. Her MacGyverian methods worked and the book is quite structurally sound. The person who owned this book used it and used it a LOT. The book weighs in at ten pounds. I'm not even kidding. I've weighed it... TEN POUNDS. It has 1536 pages.
It lays open like a food bible, waiting to reveal long forgotten secrets.
It's thicker than the 1 1/2 quart Pyrex dish I used for staging.
The book is filled to the brim with vintage food treasures. Oh sure, it's got all the gross stuff too - how many pages of a cookbook can really be dedicated to loafs? A lot, apparently. This book includes recipes for Scrapple and many scrapple variations. But look - there are also amazing spreads like "Dainty Party Sandwiches"
And chicken pies with little cut outs of chickens in pastry topping the pie! How freakin' awesome is that?
My very favorite part of vintage cookbooks? Feeling some connection to the previous owner. Nearly all the vintage cookbooks I own have some recipes scribbled or stashed inside the book. This reminds me of my mom and grandma is and is pretty priceless.
That's a hand written recipe for Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly. It's torn, a little stained and probably pretty old. I can't wait to try it!
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed a peek into this gianormous cookbook!