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Best Vintage Cookbooks

Step back in time with the classic recipes and timeless wisdom of the best vintage cookbooks, ranked by their appearances in nostalgic literature reviews and recommendations.

Recommendations from 6 articles, Samin Nosrat, Rashad Robinson.
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 book cover
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1
A Cookbook
Julia Child - 2001-10-16 (first published in 1961)
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French cuisine enthusiasts will love this definitive cookbook, featuring over 500 delicious recipes that range from historic Gallic masterpieces to seemingly artless dishes. Home cooks of all levels will appreciate the accessible and logical sequence of themes and variations that breakdown the classic foods of France. With over 100 illustrations and a focus on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery, this cookbook is essential for any kitchen looking to broaden its culinary repertoire.
Fannie Farmer 1896 Cook Book book cover
Fannie Farmer 1896 Cook Book
The Boston Cooking School
Fannie Merritt Farmer - 1997-09-16 (first published in 1896)
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A timeless cookbook containing 1,380 recipes ranging from simple boiled eggs to sophisticated calf’s head dishes. Also included are tips on setting a proper tea table, full holiday menu ideas, and housekeeping tips. The book is renowned for providing standardized measurements in recipe instructions, making it perfect for both seasoned and novice cooks. Enjoy classic American recipes such as beef stew with dumplings, and rye bread. It's a must-have addition to any cookbook collection.
The Vintage Baker book cover
The Vintage Baker
More Than 50 Recipes from Butterscotch Pecan Curls to Sour Cream Jumbles (Mid Century Cookbook, Gift for Bakers, Americana Recipe Book)
Jessie Sheehan - 2018-05-15
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Step back in time with this charming cookbook, filled with retro patterns, vintage-style illustrations, and mouth-watering photography. Featuring over 50 blue-ribbon recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the '60s, these irresistible sweets are tweaked to suit modern tastes, with informative headnotes detailing the origins of each scrumptious treat. Perfect for home bakers, collectors of vintage cookbooks, or anyone who loves beautiful, quirky gifts.
The Silver Palate Cookbook book cover
The Silver Palate Cookbook
Sheila Lukins - 1982-01-04
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This beloved cookbook has sold over 2.2 million copies and is hailed as a contemporary classic. First published in 1982, it brought pure, fresh ingredients and innovative recipes to the forefront of American cuisine. From classic dishes like Pesto and Manhattan Clam Chowder to original creations like Caviar Eclairs and Blueberry Bisque, this book has over 300 recipes for every occasion. With menu and serving suggestions, food guides, and whimsical illustrations throughout, it's a staple in any food-lover's collection. Inducted into the James Beard Book Awards' cookbook Hall of Fame.
Betty Crocker's COOKY Cookbook book cover
Betty Crocker's COOKY Cookbook
Betty Crocker - 2002-08-02 (first published in 1948)
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Indulge in over 450 cookie recipes with Betty Crocker's Cooky Cookbook! From traditional classics to sophisticated new recipes, this book includes dozens of appetizing full-color photos and how-to-do-it sketches. Additionally, you'll find a section dedicated entirely to holiday cookies. Perfect to use or give as a gift, this cookbook is an authentic reproduction of the 1963 original edition filled with all your favorite cookie recipes, complete with nostalgic color photographs and charming how-to sketches. Don't miss out on reliving your childhood memories and sharing those delicious cookies with your loved ones.
The Taste of Country Cooking book cover
The Taste of Country Cooking
The 30th Anniversary Edition of a Great Southern Classic Cookbook
Edna Lewis - 2006-08-01 (first published in 1976)
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Experience the taste of authentic American country cooking with menus for the four seasons. Edna Lewis shares her family's delightful preparations of fresh ingredients, celebrating the joys of each special time of year, from the first shad and wild mushrooms of spring to roasted sweet potatoes and warm apple pie in fall. With detailed recipes and personal reminiscences, you'll feel the sense of community and hard work that rewarded them with good food. Recreate this lost time in America in your own kitchen, and savor the delightful flavors of the past.
Joy of Cooking book cover
Joy of Cooking
2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated
Irma S. Rombauer - 2019-11-12 (first published in 1931)
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Discover the ultimate kitchen bible with over 20 million copies in print! This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Joy of Cooking, developed by Irma Rombauer's great-grandson and his wife, features more than 600 new recipes, updated ingredients and techniques, and comprehensive information on cooking with modern tools. Find old favorites like banana bread and chocolate chip cookies, alongside new dishes like chana masala and caramelized tamarind tempeh. With a diverse array of ingredients and techniques, this cookbook is perfect for both experienced and novice cooks.
Betty Crocker Lost Recipes book cover
Betty Crocker Lost Recipes
Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today's Kitchen
Betty Crocker - 2017-10-10
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Discover a treasure trove of retro/nostalgic recipes from the Betty Crocker archives in this captivating collection. With 80% of the book dedicated to tried-and-true recipes that are hard to find nowadays, and the other 20% providing a fun look back at past cooking customs, Betty Crocker Lost Recipes is perfect for devoted fans and modern cooks alike. Featuring stories, anecdotes, and artwork from Betty Crocker's history, this book includes recipes that are still relevant, achievable, and made with available ingredients. Try classics like Beef Stroganoff, Chicken à la King, Waldorf Salad, and Chiffon Cake--recipes that are ready to grace the tables of a whole new generation.
The Classic Italian Cook Book book cover
The Classic Italian Cook Book
The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating
Marcella Hazan - 1976-02-27 (first published in 1973)
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Brand New Condition. May be plastic wrapped for additional protection...
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day, Griffith Day
Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson
James Beard's American Cookery by James Beard
The New York Times Cook Book by Craig Claiborne
The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash
The Silver Spoon by Phaidon Press
Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s by Addie Gundry
American Cookery by Amelia Simmons
The Original White House Cook Book by F. L. Gillette, Hugo Ziemann