cookie craft book cover

Decorative Eats

Cookie Craft
No-Bake Designs for Edible Party Decorations and Favors
Williams and Williams
1977

I am not a big fan of when food looks like something that isn’t food. I can appreciate some of the artistry, but no for a snack. This book is more about using common store bought cookies or crackers to be some of the foundations. Not a bad idea. In fact, I had a pastry chef do a cupcake decorating programs for some teens and the ideas were similar. The kids started with a plain cupcake and used candy, fruit roll-ups, and other products to make some really cute cupcakes. The teens loved the class.

This book probably does a pretty decent job for what was available in the 1970s. The black and white pictures and cookie/cracker choice don’t sound that appetizing. The chef I had do the class was miles ahead of this book, because the creations were actually delicious. Yes, the “art” is edible, but I don’t think that was the point. This was more about food as decoration rather than for eating.

let's party

Party On!

Let’s Give a Party
Creative Invitations, Decorations, Recipes, and Games for Very Special Occasions
Purdy
1976

I can’t decide if this book is written for adults or children. It could go either way. The illustrations (so much pink!) and crafts are geared to children, but the text is long in places and there are detailed instructions for some of the activities. (Does anyone need detailed instructions for tag?)

The librarian part of me believes there isn’t anything particularly wrong with this book, its just dated. My civilian self believes this book is giving me way too much work to do for a party.

tin can crafting

Can or Can’t?

Magic With Tin Cans
Craft Course Publishers
1965

Start saving your cans now! Look at all the magical decorations you can make with just a tin can. I really have no words for this ultimate recycle craft. From the text and pictures, it looks difficult and requires a lot of supplies–all so you can make your home into some kind of Vegas venue. I think my favorite is the chair (last picture below). Check out the use of “giftable”.  I think the word in quotes lets us know that it is best to give this to someone you don’t like. In other news, I just got a few ideas for holiday gifts.