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Minnesota Cooks: Collecting Old Cookbooks

Updated on October 25, 2017

Old Cookbooks

Old cookbooks have a certain, unarguable charm. With today's fast food environment, it sometimes is shocking to know that people used to cook their own meals at home. It's hard to believe, but it is very true.

Some people like to collect old cookbooks to learn how to get back to the basics. It compares to buying an old record player and playing LP records instead of CD's. It's just better all around. Better flavor, better quality ingredients and you can control the portions a little better. Perhaps it is cheaper, perhaps it is not.

Cooking or Creative Uses for Cookbooks

If I look on Pinterest, I am quite certain I will find that people are using cookbooks for cooking and for craft projects.

A retro project would be decoupage. A nowadays project would perhaps include making a scrap book using the pages of an old cookbook.

Cooking Requires Tools

As with any vocation, tools are required. Cooking is no different. A simple dish might involve a measuring cup and spoons, a stirring spoon, a pan to cook it in, and a baking dish.

Preparing your food for cooking might involve a few tools, perhaps a mixer, blender, electric knife, or a food processor.

You may have to learn some terms you don't already know. Basting, caramelizing, frying, baking, simmering.

You may learn that many recipes are tried and true, meaning you can eat the finished product and make it again and enjoy it just the same. Other recipes, no matter how you try to change the original, just are not as good.

Cookbook Collecting is Fun

I enjoy collecting old cookbooks, more than I enjoy cooking. Although, I have a lot of cookbooks, I may have to start selling them just to regain some closet space.

Perhaps you should start collecting cookbooks, instead of me?

I may have some you could use.

New Versus Old

Perhaps you do not know the difference between an old cookbook and a newer cookbook.

The newer cookbook that I have is hardcover. It has clear, beautiful photographs. The older cookbooks, are different. Some are just pamphlets. The pictures are drawn, or black and white photos. The clothing is different. The paper is different. Perhaps it's not glossy. The following recipe uses a sifter. People used to have to sift their flour before they baked with it.

Even the language used, even though English, is different.

I just think that the older cookbooks are cool.

This is a page from a newer cookbook.
This is a page from a newer cookbook.
This is a page from an older cookbook.
This is a page from an older cookbook.
Even the Ads are different
Even the Ads are different


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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      Yes. Hot dish is correct. [the dish is hot] And, deep fried pickles are delicious, like green fried tomatoes. Fry Magic works best. Coat and fry. Smile. Thank you for your comment, Folding Operator.

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      12 months ago

      This is great! Minnesota has so many unique hot dishes(did I say that right?) and casseroles. Look at their state fair! Fried pickles what?!

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      Sorry for the loss of your mother, Larry. I'm getting to be just the same, as I have many, many cookbooks. In boxes, in closets, on shelves, in cabinets, sitting around... Love cookbooks...

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      I love obtaining old cookbooks. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Beeton. I did find an online link and will be checking her recipes out.

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      Larry Rankin 

      12 months ago from Oklahoma

      My mother passed away a while back. She had enough old cookbooks to fill a library!

      Great read:-)

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      Louise Powles 

      12 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I love looking through old Cookbooks. I bought one the other day. I got a big book of Mrs Beeton's recipes. I got that from a charity sale and really pleased with it.


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