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Love Vintage Cookbooks? These 10 Titles Will Take You Back.
We treasure vintage cookbooks. Expand your collection with these new titles that have old-fashioned flair and retro charm.
Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book
Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book ($17) has been the go-to for many a Christmas cookie for decades. This reprint of the 1963 vintage cookbook contains recipes for so many cookie classics, from chocolate chippers to chocolate crinkles, snickerdoodles and spritz (you can check out our favorite types here).
The Vintage Baker
Author Jessie Sheehan curated recipes from the 1920s to the 1960s to create the gem that is The Vintage Baker ($17). This beautiful book makes use of all kinds of fun kitchenware—vintage Pyrex anyone?—to show off gorgeous recipes like a devil’s food cake with seafoam frosting and molasses doughnuts.
Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen
Go back in time with Betty Crocker Lost Recipes ($17). This collection contains some of our favorite vintage dishes like chicken a la king, Waldorf salad and pretty chiffon cake. This book also treats you to retro entertaining tips, like how to host a tiki party. Sign us up for that one!
Sure, we love dazzling, over-the-top cakes like this crazy confetti cake and unicorn cake, but there’s something charming about an old-fashioned buttermilk cake or simple birthday cake. Vintage Cakes ($18) can show you how to make darling retro cakes—from layer cakes to icebox versions.
Retro Recipes from the ’50s and ’60s
Embrace the Mad Men era with Retro Recipes from the ’50s and ’60s ($14). Try some new-to-you recipes destined for a backyard cookout or a fondue party or a swell cocktail party. A favorite here: grasshopper pie—try these recipes!
The New Inglenook Cookbook
A favorite of Taste of Home editors, The New Inglenook Cookbook ($28) contains many classic recipes from the original 1901 printing. It’s a great resource for excellent and reliable recipes like baked beans, chocolate pie and gingersnaps.
Something Old, Something New
Author Tamar Adler revives old favorites in Something Old, Something New ($18). She strips away any fussy garnishes and outdated techniques (there’s no shame in using a stand mixer in lieu of your wooden spoon) to make outstanding retro dishes that have a place in the kitchen today. One worth trying now: steak Diane.
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
Savannah-based Back in the Day Bakery has made a name for itself making treats inspired by decades past. In The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook ($15), you can find the recipes that made this landmark famous, like Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, Pinkie’s Chocolate Lunch Box Treats and—if you’re feeling daring—Drunk Blondies. All these recipes rely on old-school techniques and scratch cooking, so you know they’re good!
Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook
Originally published in 1954—and reprinted over and over again—Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook ($9) contains dozens of time-saving recipes that are great for experienced and novice home cooks alike. We love how many recipes make use of an old-school pressure cooker. Don’t worry—you can use your Instant Pot.
Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town
One of our favorite treats to come out of years gone by is the icebox cake. Many vintage cookbooks have a recipe or two for these no-bake classics, but we love that Icebox Cakes ($15) compiles dozens of tasty recipes—perfect for when it’s too warm to bake or you want an impressive but low maintenance dessert to share.
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