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Collecting Vintage Cookbooks

Updated on April 9, 2013

Vintage and Antique Cookbooks

I have a large collection of vintage cookbooks and booklets. My favorite ones to collect are the pamphlets that were published by food, cookware and appliance manufacturers. They usually have great graphics and provide a glimpse into the past. Many of the appliance cookbooks are useful to collectors of vintage and antique appliances.

I also collect the classic cookbooks. What cookbook collection would be complete without The Joy of Cooking, Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, or Mastering the Art of French Cooking?

Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook

The first edition of Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook was published in 1950. It has been printed in many editions since then. It contains illustrations, photos and directions which make following the recipes easy for cooks of all ability. Some editions are in a ring binder.

Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbooks

The first Pillsbury Bake-Off contest was held in 1949 and it is still going strong. Originally it was held every year but now it is held every two years. The first contest was called Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest and the first prize was $50,000. The grand prize now is one million dollars.

There are many editions yearly Bake-Off recipe books as well as editions with favorites and themes.

Vintage Brand Name Dessert Recipes

I have this book and enjoy browsing through it and reading the recipes.

I also have many of the booklets that are featured in this book.

Videos on Vintage Cookbooks and Cooking

Appliance Cookbooks

Appliance manufacturers created cookbooks so consumers could use their appliances properly. You'll find cookbooks for blenders, stoves, cookware and the like.

Julia Child Cookbooks

The French Chef

Julia Child's first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published in 1961. Child co-authored the book with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. It became a bestseller and is still in print.

Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was first published in 1930. It is still in publication in updated editions and is one of best-selling cookbooks of all time.

Retro Cookbooks

These are some retro cookbooks available on

Do you collect cookbooks? Which is your favorite?

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