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Be a Better Housewife With These Cookie Recipes

Home Baking Made Easy coverHome Baking Made Easy
For Beginners and Experts
Lever Brothers
1953

This small cookbook is a delightful homage to the 1950s. Note the fashionable matching aprons on the cover. This is more pamphlet than book and was probably a give-a-way back in the day. Spry is the brand name of shortening that was the main competitor to Proctor and Gamble’s Crisco. In the USA, it was more or less gone by the late 1960s. My mom remembers this as a staple in growing up. We featured another Spry book back in the day. Click here to see that post.

The recipes don’t look too bad. Of course this little booklet is dated but it is a delightful peek into our recent past.  On the last picture you can see the delightful companion booklets about cakes and pies your husband likes. (Maybe the cookies won’t do it.)

Bon Appetit!

Mary

Of course we need to recommend the Gallery of Regrettable Food  and Retro Recipe for sharing some of the love of old school cooking!

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It’s Congealed!

Knox On-Camera Recipes coverKnox On-Camera Recipes
A completely new guide to Gel-Cookery
1960

For those of you wondering what Knox is, it is the unflavored gelatin. When I was a young teen it was touted as something to make your fingernails healthy and long if you drank it before it cooled. My nails never looked good though.

Inside you will find some super appetizing dishes that mold your food into wonderful shapes. Try serving up these molds at your next gathering. My favorite: Cottage Cheese and Kidney Bean Salad. (Yes, you read that right!)

Bon Appetit!

Mary

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Mmmm Meat!

Meat Recipes for the Family ChefMeat Recipes for the Family Chef
National Livestock and Meat Board
1951

Today we have another recipe book (actually pamphlet) from yesteryear. Obviously, this belongs in an archive. They are great fun and remain a good reminder that cookery does tend to have have a sell by date as far as public library collections go. In the meantime, they are a hoot to look through. I particularly want to call your attention to some of the recipes. My favorites include the ultra appetizing Tropical Meat Salad and the Ham Mousse.

Bon Appetit!

Mary

 

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