Flipping through the pages of one of my newest vintage cookbook finds, I ran across a couple of recipes written on index cards. The age of the recipes most likely date in the 80’s because this cookbook was printed in 1979. I thought I would share them with you. Why not give them a shot? The baked beans sound really good.
Along with my new found love for baking, I have a near obsession with recipes. Especially, vintage recipes. I will go pre-teen crazy over a vintage cookbook. One day, I decided to take advantage of having a little time to myself and checked out a local consignment shop (a perfect place to find such treasures). This particular consignment shop (an antique consignment shop at that) The Corner Market has a large selection (for this type of store) of books. Many of the books are more contemporary, but they did have a few vintage finds. I was truly in heaven.
I even think that the drawing for the cover really tells a lot about the time in which the book was created. This particular cookbook (as many are) was created by a local church. The page show extreme signs of use, wear, and age. I find myself with a dilemma. My respect for the history makes me want to not touch its pages and protect it to be able to share with future generations, but then again, that same respect for history makes me want to consume the recipes, language, and technique of the time. So what to do…what to do…
Take a look at the language used back in this day. It is a far, far change from today’s abbreviated LOL, OMG, text, Twitter society. The last paragraph really shows how they spoke in that time (which wasn’t all that long ago)…”To the business people who, by their generous subscriptions to the advertising pages have assured the success of this enterprise. We commend them to your good will and their products and service to your patronage.” Wow, I personally think that is beautiful and shows great respect.
So why don’t you take a little time off and find yourself an antique consignment shop or thrift store, and see what type of cooking history you can find. What you may find among the pages of those books could really surprise you. Be sure to share with me!!