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Salmon Jell-o Anyone?

 

Serve it Cold!
A cookbook of delicious cold dishes
Crosby &  Bateman
1969

Naturally, the warm summer is a perfect time to break out the cold food. As you can guess, one of the stars of this cookbook is our old friend gelatin. I believe that appetizing fish dish on the cover is salmon in aspic. As a Midwesterner, I can appreciate versions of jello like no one else. I will have marshmallows and fruit cocktail in mine, please. However, this aspic/fish combo seems to be everywhere in cookbooks from this era. I don’t get it and I don’t remember ever seeing it when I was a kid. Perhaps this type of cooking was too sophisticated for my delicate central Illinois upbringing.

Of course cookbooks are a favorite here at ALB and I do think that public libraries should pay attention to food fashions. I can’t imagine this book flying off the shelf anytime soon.

Mary

More food:

It’s Congealed!

Sandwiches from Hell

Be Bold with Bananas!  (This is an all time favorite, if you haven’t seen this, prepare yourself)

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Minimal Effort Cooking

 

Jiffy Cooking
Better Homes and Gardens
Meredith Corporation
1967

Once again, we are featuring another cookbook from yesteryear. Can you open a can? Can you stir? Do you just want to keep people fed and everyone to shut up about the damn dinner? This book is for you. My mom was that cook and so was her mom. I also carried on the tradition when I was making meals for my family. Is it edible? Probably. Are people going to call you a good cook or ask for the recipe? Not at all.

We have some seriously good “church potluck” type recipes that require ground beef and a can of soup. Standard favorites from the 60s are here: Jello, instant mashed potatoes, mayonaise, canned tuna, noodles, and hot dogs. I am sure your mouth is watering from all the delicious options!

Mary

 

 

More food:

Tuna Chip Casserole or Tomato Cheese Delight

Recipes from the East

Be a REAL American! Eat a hamburger

Vintage Recipes from Ford Motor Company

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Celebrity Recipes

 

Celebrity Cookbook
Blinn
1981

I know many of you have wondered “what does Jack Lord cook for dinner?” No, it is not some exotic dish from Hawaii. It is watercress soup.  Awesome!

This book has all the hot celebrities that no one under the age of 35 will remember without a Google search. For those of us who are more mature, there are lots of stars of yesteryear featured.  Dina Merrill and her Mussels, Vikki Carr and her Chicken Catalana, and Anthony Quinn’s Stuffed Potatoes are just a few of the names. Besides the Hollywood crowd, Mark Spitz, Dr Jean Mayer, and Muriel Humphrey have featured recipes. I found myself just flipping through and trying to remember who was still alive.

Mary

More Food Choices

Rapper Recipes

Vintage Recipes from Ford Motor Company

Mystical Fish and Chips for Everyone!

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