Love Vintage Cookbooks? These 13 Titles Will Take You Back.
We treasure vintage cookbooks. Expand your collection with these new titles that have old-fashioned flair and retro charm.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.
by Parrish Ritchie
Nothing is quite as comforting as old-fashioned church cooking. And The Vintage Church Cookbook from blogger Parrish Ritchie gathers all of your favorite recipes in one place. Enjoy whipping up classics like pimento cheese deviled eggs and Amish macaroni salad—just like grandma used to make in her kitchen. Find more church cookbook recipes here.
by Anna Francese Gass
In Heirloom Kitchen, it’s hard to decide what’s more inspiring: the recipes or the stories behind them. Anna Francese Gass beautifully details the recollections and recipes of women who immigrated to America—including her own mother. Inside this stunning collection, you’ll find 100 dishes originating from all across the globe and a new appreciation for the unifying power of food.
by Betty Crocker
Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book 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).
by Tanya Holland
New-style, down-home recipes. That’s what awaits you inside Brown Sugar Kitchen, a tome of recipes originating from Tanya Holland’s restaurant in West Oakland, California with the same name. Indulge in shrimp gumbo, macaroni and cheese and caramel layer cake with brown butter-caramel frosting—just to name a few. For more local flavors, check out these regional cookbooks.
by Jessie Sheehan
Author Jessie Sheehan curated recipes from the 1920s to the 1960s to create the gem that is The Vintage Baker. 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.
by Betty Crocker
Go back in time with Betty Crocker Lost Recipes. 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!
by Julie Richardson
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 can show you how to make darling retro cakes—from layer cakes to icebox versions.
by Tamar Adler
Author Tamar Adler revives old favorites in Something Old, Something New. 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.
by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day
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, 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!
by Betty Crocker
Originally published in 1954—and reprinted over and over again—Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook 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.
by Jean Sagendorph and Jessie Sheehan
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 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. Up Next: Cookbooks for anyone who, well, loves books.