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Fondue cover Fondue and Tabletop Cooking
Better Homes and Gardens
1970

Submitter: This copy literally fell apart and crumbled in my hands when I pulled it off the shelf. Loose pages, yellow tape and crispy, crumbly old glue. It has now been weeded.

Holly: Fondue is fun and tasty! I won a fondue pot from a food blog giveaway about three years ago, so they’re still a thing. What’s not a thing? Cookbooks from the 70s with old fashioned recipes like Steak Diane, with that plastic food sheen in the photos. Get a new fondue book. Don’t expect your patrons to settle for the 70s – especially if it is in that bad of condition!

Fondue back cover

Tabletop Cuisine

Tabletop Cuisine

People eating fondue

Steak Diane

Steak Diane

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11 comments

  1. We had a fondue pot(avocado green, natch), but I don’t think it was ever used, it just sat on our kitchen table and collected dust for about a year and a half.

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    1. Ours was pumpkin orange and sat on a high display shelf in the kitchen, where my young sister and I looked up at it in awe, basking in the glow of its fancy-ness. It was a wedding present my parents received and it didn’t come down until 1983 or so when it made its way into the Goodwill box.

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  2. We have a fondue pot we bought only a few years ago and we use it quite a bit during the cold months. It’s really nice for Mongolian hot pot.

    Yes, a more modern fondue cookbook would be welcome.

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  3. Facing page of Tabletop Cuisine looks like Aluminum on the March without the music or corporate sponsorship. And something odd happened to the man’s shirt/woman’s pants on page 30.

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  4. I used to have this very book. I don’t think I culled it from my home library until I moved US to UK in 2007. I don’t think I ever used a recipe from it, either.

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    1. Really? Would you like to collect some of mine? My parents’ friends gave me contraptions like those when I got married. Some never got used at all. (But the fondue pots did — I think I got three of them. One was ceramic, for chocolate or cheese, the others metal, for meat.)

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  5. Steak Diane sounds delicious to me.
    Disclaimer: this is also true of all food that has “steak” in its name.

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  6. I ended up buying two old school fondue pots from goodwill several years ago; aluminum, one rust orange and one mustard yellow. My dreams live in those pots. One day I will get some sterno or whatever that canned heat stuff is, and some kirschwasser and gruyere and all the other stuff, a crusty loaf of bread, and make the fondue of my dreams. Someday… lol

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