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What do you like to do when the weather is SO cold and you can’t get outdoors? I know a lot of you have had below freezing temperatures. Here in Atlanta we have had single digit temps with a windchill just under freezing. We have had record lows quite a few times this season.
On days like these I love to look through my cookbooks. God forbid I took the time to pick up a rag and dust something or push around the vacuum 🙂 I usually take out my vintage cookbooks and get lost in the pages of history. Most of my cookbooks were inherited which makes them all the more special to me.
The first inherited books I received belonged to my great-great Aunt Julia. I received these treasures when I was 15 years old.
An extra bonus…a handwritten recipe for “dressing” was hidden in this book.
I must admit – these recipes kind of grossed me out. There are 12 recipes for “hearts” in this book.
And then, I laughed out loud when I got to this page:
How many waitresses do you have serving at your luncheon? It feels a little like Downton Abbey 🙂
My mother gave me most of the other cookbooks. A few years ago Mom gave Jennifer a brand new copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. At the same time she gifted me her 1950’s copy of the same cookbook.
As you can see it was well used and greatly loved. My mother knew how much I loved and treasured this cookbook…I learned to first cook from recipes in this book. Pages are tattered, stained and falling out of the binder clips…it doesn’t matter to me. This is one of the most special gifts I have ever received. The pages are filled with warm memories…the Peanut Butter cookies were the first thing I ever baked by myself when I was nine-years-old.
When I was ten-years-old I was allowed to start cooking “hot” food. and I wanted to make beef stew. Not exciting but it’s what I wanted to cook 🙂
You can see by this photo that my family are big fans of Betty Crocker 🙂
I recently discovered that there is a market for vintage cookbooks. One site that caught my eye was The Heirloom Collection in Charleston, South Carolina. I was thrilled to see my yellow and blue cookbook, above, for sale on their site 🙂
This is just a few of my favorite vintage cookbooks. Each time I visit one, I discover something new and I am transported to another wonderful memory.
Do you have any vintage or family cookbooks?