I have an affinity for all things old, especially retro: cars, clothes, music and cookbooks.
That being said, I was ecstatic to find in my mailbox about a month ago a slim, manila envelop containing four cookbooks. The books were sent from my brother’s friend, Kim who found them at a garage sale. Kim felt they should belong to me. Kim also shared with me her mother’s recipe for red velvet cake. How nice!
I don’t know if cookbooks would be an appropriate name since they were bound together by two staples, but each contains more 200 recipes. Each booklet has a focus: soups, chocolate, dessert and cake. Since the cookbooks were published in the 1940s, the food photography is super-saturated. The saturation of colors helped to create rich photographs sometimes at a detriment to the book since a lot of the foods appear unappetizing. Or maybe the food styling just wasn’t a necessity back then.
Anyways some true gems were found but unfortunately nothing I plan to make in the near future.
It’s not all bad — the books were edited by the director of the Culinary Arts Institute. Some truly good recipes do appear in the book such as lobster bisque and baked Alaska.