The Books

I will add pictures of the books as I use them. There are... um... more than a few...



Pine Springs Community Center Cook Book, Tyler, TX 1973
This is a local cookbook that I found at a garage sale.  It is pretty beaten up and the cake section is covered with notes and splatters.  That's a sign of a good cookbook, in my opinion.

 Ohio State Grange Cook Book, 1952

Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts, 1980.  I had two reasons for buying this one: 1) chocolate and 2) at a glance, the author resembles my mother-in-law, circa 1975.  But it was mostly for #1.

 Better Homes and Gardens new Cook Book, 1953.  This one was so battered that I felt like I had to give it a good home.  It's a good thing, too, because it contains my go-to yellow layer cake, the Best Two-Egg Cake recipe.

The New Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cook Book, 1951.  I have several editions of this book, from a reproduction copy of the original 1896 book through this one. 

Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book, 1950, reprinted in the mid-1990s.  I taught myself to cook with my mom's copy of this book and it's still one of my most-used books.

Farm Journal's Country Cookbook, 1959. My mom has always liked the cookbooks from Farm Journal, so when I saw this one at an estate sale I picked it up.  While browsing it, I saw a shout out for Reader Recipe Month over at Caker Cooking and this masterpiece was chosen to be a part of it.

Rumford Complete Cook Book, 1941.

Betty Crocker's Cookbook, 1969.

Idle Hour Cook Book, 1950.  This is the recipe book/manual that came with my Chambers stove. 

Mrs. Beeton's Everyday Cookery, 1963.

Cooking on a Ration by Marjorie Mills, 1943
Toll House Heritage Cookbook, 1980
Favorite Recipes from Our Best Cooks, St. Agatha Church, Bridgeville, PA (1968)
Cookies by Bess by Bess Hoffman (1980)
Azaleas to Zucchini, East Texas Food, Festivals and Entertainment from A to Z (1995) by the Smith County Medical Society Alliance
Bake the No-Knead Way: Ann Pillsbury's Amazing Discovery (1946)
Recipes from Scotland by F. Marian McNeill (seventh edition, 1965)
The Gasparilla Cookbook: Favorite Florida West Coast Recipes (1961)
Pillsbury's Best 1000 Recipes: Best of the BAKE-OFF Collection (1959)
The Southern Living Cookbook, 1995
Learn to Bake... You'll Love It!, General Foods 1947
Pi Beta Phi Cook Book, 1936
Tried Recipes by the Grafton Lutheran Ladies Aid, Grafton, N.D. (1961).  A borrowed book, but maybe I can borrow it and forget to give it back sometime.  ;)
A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary and Vincent Price (1965)
Crestview Culinary Collections, Compiled by the Cooks of Crestview Christian Church, Greenville, Texas (1962)
Baking with Brother Boniface, Mepkin Abbey (1997)
The Settlement Cookbook, 1965
Watkins Hearthside Cookbook, 1952
Favorite Eastern Star Recipes, Olde Family Favorites, no date, but probably late 1950s
Mennonite Community Cookbook Favorite Family Recipes by Mary Emma Showalter.  Originally published in 1950, this printing 1986
The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 1942

Betty Feezor's Carolina Recipes, Volume 1, 1971 (I think)

Our Favorite Recipes by Abilene School Food Service Association (no date)

The Campus Survival Cookbook, 1973

The Victory Binding of the American Woman's Cook Book Wartime Edition, 1943

Any one can Bake by the Royal Baking Powder Co., 1929 

The Good Housekeeping Book of Menus, Recipes and Household Discoveries, 1922


  1. I have the no-knead bread book and explored it a couple of years ago. It's quite good, except now I have heavy duty KA mixer, so I don't mind kneading anymore. :)

  2. Is it bad if I have a KA mixer and *still* use it to mix up the no-knead recipes? ;)