One of the ironies of my author’s life is that although my book, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, contains three recipes that I’m proud to say I created, I am not much of a cook. Which leads to another irony: I collect vintage cookbooks.
It all started with this book, which dates back to 1950.
I bought it because of the quaint cover, but loved how the recipes offered a window into mid-century culinary trends. If you are what you eat, folks back then were made of red meat and heavy cream sauces.
My collection has grown over the last couple of years, thanks to our local monthly library sale.
But I think this 1928 treasure might be my greatest find…
But I did make at least one vintage recipe. When my daughter was ten, I bought a Good Housekeeping Children’s Cookbook for her. Then I remembered that I still had my Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook from the late 1960s.
Comparing the two was a lesson in how much healthier we eat now than we did back then. But my daughter wanted to make a recipe from my book. We found one for a stew made from hot dogs, canned vegetables, and tomato soup. And we threw the whole mess out after two bites.