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Collecting Baking Cook Booklets

Collecting Baking Cook Booklets

I have been collecting cook booklets for many years.  My collection began early in my marriage when I became interested in finding new recipes.  My mother gave me a handful of vintage recipe booklets that she had collected in the 1930s and 1940s.  I was fascinated by the graphic illustrations that were true art works.  In those decades photography was only black and white but real illustrations had vivid color.  The booklets were advertising for various food products or booklets accompanying a kitchen appliance.  The photographs show the looks of the kitchens and homemakers of the eras.  The earliest booklet my mother had collected was from the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition held in Ft. Worth where mother’s family lived at that time.  My mother and her sister worked at the exposition.

My father was the oldest child in his family and I was the first grandchild.  My paternal grandmother and I started to write letters to each other as soon as I was able to write.  After her death in the 1970s a packet of letters she kept were returned to me … the earliest on Brownie stationery from the early 1950s.  Later we exchanged recipes in letters and on recipe cards.  Those cards in her handwriting are very precious to me now.  She lived in Austin, Texas, but had lived in southeast Texas near the Imperial Sugar Company.  She sent me two Imperial Sugar booklets.  After my mother died in 2008, I found a 1942 letter from Grandmother to my mother in which she tells about a streusel coffee cake recipe that she had made for my Dad … the recipe could be found in the Fleischmann’s recipe booklet that they both owned.  Sure enough this booklet was in the stack my mother had given to me.  Now I have the letter tucked inside of that booklet.

I inherited a 1930s Better Homes and Garden red and white checked cook book that belonged to my maternal grandmother and in handwritten notes inside she makes reference to the Calumet cook booklet sugar cookies.  I was able to collect that very booklet.

A large group of my booklets are about baking and so these are the ones I will be posting this week.  My mother’s family job from the age of about 12 (about 1928) was to bake a cake for the family’s dessert of the week.  In those years if you wanted a cake you had to bake a cake.  Cookies were also homemade.  Sometimes, I think of the availability of baked goods at the store but the true great cookie or cake is still the homemade one. 

Collecting cook booklets is fun because usually they are inexpensive and almost every antiquing jaunt can yield one or two.  I have well over 100 booklets now, most of which I have pinned to my Pinterest boards. 

My oldest booklet...100 years old...1917-2017

My oldest booklet...100 years old...1917-2017

An illustration from the 1917 Fleischmann's booklet

An illustration from the 1917 Fleischmann's booklet

1925 Royal Baking Powder booklet

1925 Royal Baking Powder booklet

1926 Cake Secrets

1926 Cake Secrets

1928 Swan's Down Cake Flour booklet

1928 Swan's Down Cake Flour booklet

1928 Swans Down Cake Flour booklet

1928 Swans Down Cake Flour booklet

1929 Calumet Baking Book

1929 Calumet Baking Book

Illustration from the 1929 Calumet Baking Book

Illustration from the 1929 Calumet Baking Book

1929 Chocolate Cookery ... Baker's Chocolate

1929 Chocolate Cookery ... Baker's Chocolate

1929 Swans Down Cake Manual ... first edition

1929 Swans Down Cake Manual ... first edition

1930 Everyday Recipes ... Wesson Oil

1930 Everyday Recipes ... Wesson Oil

1930s Clabber Girl Baking Book ... Clabber Girl Baking Powder

1930s Clabber Girl Baking Book ... Clabber Girl Baking Powder

1931 The Calumet Baking Book ... Calumet Baking Powder ... great sugar cookie recipe

1931 The Calumet Baking Book ... Calumet Baking Powder ... great sugar cookie recipe

1931 Coconut Dishes That Everybody Loves

1931 Coconut Dishes That Everybody Loves

1931 Swans Down Cake Flour ... Home Baked Delicacies ... Enhance the Fame of the Modern Hostess

1931 Swans Down Cake Flour ... Home Baked Delicacies ... Enhance the Fame of the Modern Hostess

1932 Pet Recipes for Summer ... Pet Milk booklet

1932 Pet Recipes for Summer ... Pet Milk booklet

1933 Bewleys Best Bakes Better ... Bewley Mills, Fort Worth, Texas

1933 Bewleys Best Bakes Better ... Bewley Mills, Fort Worth, Texas

1934 The Calumet Book of Oven Triumphs!

1934 The Calumet Book of Oven Triumphs!

1934 Old Fashioned Molasses Goodies ... Brer Rabbit Molasses is made from cane sugar in New Orleans, Louisiana

1934 Old Fashioned Molasses Goodies ... Brer Rabbit Molasses is made from cane sugar in New Orleans, Louisiana

1936 Baker's Famous Chocolate Recipes ... I still use Baker's Chocolate

1936 Baker's Famous Chocolate Recipes ... I still use Baker's Chocolate

This is my mother's 1936 100 Centennial Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Progressive Flour Milling in Texas ... Compliments of the Leading Flour Mills of the Southwest ... Texas Centennial Exposition 1836-1936 ... my mother and her sister worked at the Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas in 1936.

This is my mother's 1936 100 Centennial Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Progressive Flour Milling in Texas ... Compliments of the Leading Flour Mills of the Southwest ... Texas Centennial Exposition 1836-1936 ... my mother and her sister worked at the Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas in 1936.

1937 Successful Baking for Flavor and Texture ... Arm and Hammer baking powder

1937 Successful Baking for Flavor and Texture ... Arm and Hammer baking powder

1938 ...  121 Easy Ways to Cake Fame from Fisher's Fine Spun Cake Flour

1938 ...  121 Easy Ways to Cake Fame from Fisher's Fine Spun Cake Flour

1940s ... Baking is Easy with These Master Recipes ... Omega Flour Mills ... how to make homemade basic baking mixes (somewhat like Bisquik)

1940s ... Baking is Easy with These Master Recipes ... Omega Flour Mills ... how to make homemade basic baking mixes (somewhat like Bisquik)

1941 Favorite Chocolate Recipes by Nestlé's Chocolate

1941 Favorite Chocolate Recipes by Nestlé's Chocolate

Brer Rabbit's Modern Recipes for Modern Living ... undated ... I love ginger snap cookies and gingerbread made with molasses

Brer Rabbit's Modern Recipes for Modern Living ... undated ... I love ginger snap cookies and gingerbread made with molasses

Undated old Grandma's Molasses Recipes

Undated old Grandma's Molasses Recipes

Undated 20th Spry Shortening Recipe booklet

Undated 20th Spry Shortening Recipe booklet

1941 How to Make Tempting Nutritious Desserts from Junket

1941 How to Make Tempting Nutritious Desserts from Junket

1942 Good Things to Eat ... My Surprise Recipe (a homemade baking mix)

1942 Good Things to Eat ... My Surprise Recipe (a homemade baking mix)

1942 The Bread Basket by Fleischmann's Yeast ... this is the booklet that both my mother and her mother-in-law owned.  My parents married in June, 1942.  Until then my father had lived at home in Austin, Texas.  He graduated from the University of Texas and married in June.  His new job with Westinghouse Electric took the newly weds to Pennsylvania ... far from home.

1942 The Bread Basket by Fleischmann's Yeast ... this is the booklet that both my mother and her mother-in-law owned.  My parents married in June, 1942.  Until then my father had lived at home in Austin, Texas.  He graduated from the University of Texas and married in June.  His new job with Westinghouse Electric took the newly weds to Pennsylvania ... far from home.

The booklet and the letter from my paternal grandmother to my mother, 1942

The booklet and the letter from my paternal grandmother to my mother, 1942

The Streusel Coffee Cake from the 1942 Fleischmann's Bread Basket booklet ... looks so good!

The Streusel Coffee Cake from the 1942 Fleischmann's Bread Basket booklet ... looks so good!

The Streusel Coffee Cake recipe with toppings

The Streusel Coffee Cake recipe with toppings

1946 ... 101 Grandma's Molasses Recipes

1946 ... 101 Grandma's Molasses Recipes

1946 Borden's Eagle Brand Magic Recipes ... still a great ingredient; my favorite recipe is Key Lime Pie

1946 Borden's Eagle Brand Magic Recipes ... still a great ingredient; my favorite recipe is Key Lime Pie

1947 Dormeyer Electric-Mix Treasures

1947 Dormeyer Electric-Mix Treasures

1947 Learn to Bake ... You'll Love It from Swans Down Cake Flour

1947 Learn to Bake ... You'll Love It from Swans Down Cake Flour

1948 Coconut Glamour Desserts from Baker's Coconut

1948 Coconut Glamour Desserts from Baker's Coconut

1948 Betty Crocker Chiffon Cake Recipes and Secrets

1948 Betty Crocker Chiffon Cake Recipes and Secrets

1949 New Fashioned Old Fashioned Recipes

1949 New Fashioned Old Fashioned Recipes

1950s How to Have the Most Fun with Cake Mixes by Betty Crocker ... Cake mixes were introduced and like a lot of new food products of the 1950s it was all about spending less time in the kitchen.  The Lemon Jello Cake became a favorite.

1950s How to Have the Most Fun with Cake Mixes by Betty Crocker ... Cake mixes were introduced and like a lot of new food products of the 1950s it was all about spending less time in the kitchen.  The Lemon Jello Cake became a favorite.

1950s Good Housekeeping Party Pie Book

1950s Good Housekeeping Party Pie Book

1951 Tested Recipes with Blue Ribbon Malt Extract

1951 Tested Recipes with Blue Ribbon Malt Extract

1951 ... Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice ... a cook booklet for girls ... by Westinghouse

1951 ... Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice ... a cook booklet for girls ... by Westinghouse

1952 Aunt Jenny's Christmas Cookies

1952 Aunt Jenny's Christmas Cookies

1952 Borden's Eagle Brand Milk ... 70 Magic Recipes

1952 Borden's Eagle Brand Milk ... 70 Magic Recipes

1953 Cake Secrets by Swans Down Cake Flour

1953 Cake Secrets by Swans Down Cake Flour

1953 Desserts Plain and Fancy

1953 Desserts Plain and Fancy

1953 Home Baking Made Easy by Spry

1953 Home Baking Made Easy by Spry

1954 Perfect Pies

1954 Perfect Pies

1955 Party Sweets

1955 Party Sweets

1956 Fancy Cookies and Festive Candies

1956 Fancy Cookies and Festive Candies

1957 Alice in Brown Sugarland by Imperial Sugar Company ... This booklet was sent to me by my paternal grandmother ... I was just entering high school in 1957

1957 Alice in Brown Sugarland by Imperial Sugar Company ... This booklet was sent to me by my paternal grandmother ... I was just entering high school in 1957

1957 Betty Crocker Pie Parade

1957 Betty Crocker Pie Parade

1957 Betty Crocker's Gold Medal Favorite Self-Rising Recipes

1957 Betty Crocker's Gold Medal Favorite Self-Rising Recipes

1957 Betty Crocker's Softasilk Special Occasion Cakes

1957 Betty Crocker's Softasilk Special Occasion Cakes

Undated Pillsbury Butter Cookies Vol. 1

Undated Pillsbury Butter Cookies Vol. 1

Butter Cookies Vol. II ... Pillsbury

Butter Cookies Vol. II ... Pillsbury

Pillsbury Butter Cookies Vol. III

Pillsbury Butter Cookies Vol. III

Party Best Butter Cookies

Party Best Butter Cookies

Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie

German Sweet Chocolate Cake ... This is a magazine cut out that I have had for years ... The first time we ever tasted German Chocolate Cake was in 1957 when a friend of the family brought a German Chocolate Cake at the death of my maternal grandmother ... we thought it was the best cake we ever tasted.

German Sweet Chocolate Cake ... This is a magazine cut out that I have had for years ... The first time we ever tasted German Chocolate Cake was in 1957 when a friend of the family brought a German Chocolate Cake at the death of my maternal grandmother ... we thought it was the best cake we ever tasted.

The Famous Karo Pie

The Famous Karo Pie

Karo Pie Recipe

Karo Pie Recipe

Westinghouse Christmas Cookie Cookbook

Westinghouse Christmas Cookie Cookbook

Glorious Candies and Fancy Pies

Glorious Candies and Fancy Pies

1962 Baker's Chocolate and Coconut Favorites

1962 Baker's Chocolate and Coconut Favorites

1963 Sweet Moment Desserts

1963 Sweet Moment Desserts

1964 Holiday Desserts

1964 Holiday Desserts

1967 Baker's Famous Chocolate Frostings made easy

1967 Baker's Famous Chocolate Frostings made easy

1968 ... 125th Anniversary Cookbook from Imperial Sugar Company ... given to me by my paternal grandmother

1968 ... 125th Anniversary Cookbook from Imperial Sugar Company ... given to me by my paternal grandmother

Dainty Apricot Squares ... 125th Imperial Anniversary booklet ... a great recipe but don't try to substitute apricot preserves for the dried apricots

Dainty Apricot Squares ... 125th Imperial Anniversary booklet ... a great recipe but don't try to substitute apricot preserves for the dried apricots

Frontier Pecan Cake from the 125th Anniversary Imperial Sugar booklet

Frontier Pecan Cake from the 125th Anniversary Imperial Sugar booklet

1975 Basic Cake Decorating the Wilton Way

1975 Basic Cake Decorating the Wilton Way

All Season Cookies ... booklet that came with Mirro cookie cutters

All Season Cookies ... booklet that came with Mirro cookie cutters

1977 ... 60 Years of Good Things From Dixie Crystals

1977 ... 60 Years of Good Things From Dixie Crystals

White Lily Flour Cookie and Cake recipes ... favorite flour in the South

White Lily Flour Cookie and Cake recipes ... favorite flour in the South

1994 ... 100th Anniversary ... Best Baking Collection

1994 ... 100th Anniversary ... Best Baking Collection

Easter

Easter

Dolls

Dolls