1950s Cookbooks: Recipes From A Decade Of Hope And Regret

1950s cook book


So, I picked up a few midcentury cookbooks at an antiques store and thought I’d share a few pages from each.

From Sour Cream: The Gourmet Touch to Everyday Cooking (cover pictured above):


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They sure were creative with their food names back then: Oeufs Benedict Nouveau? Chicken Pork Divinity?

There’s no copyright on this cookbook; but I presume it’s from the 1950s (or early 60s).


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A close up of Oeufs Benedict Nouveau. I can’t decide if it looks appetizing or disgusting.


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The ingredients and food combinations always astonish me when looking through these old cookbooks. The Kiddiwiches contain cheddar cheese, carrots, peanuts, sour cream and raisins, all mashed between buttered bread.


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I love the egg yolk just sitting there in the middle like the Eye of Sauron. This sounds utterly disgusting.


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Another cookbook without a copyright. Nothing special in this one; but I like the cover.


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The Morning Milk cookbook is from 1954 and is full of good stuff…


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…like this Cheeseburger Loaf. Let’s have a closer look…


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The Serve Eggs Some Way Every Day cookbook doesn’t contain any illustrations. It’s just as well.
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The Casserole Cookbook from 1956. Casseroles reigned supreme in the 50s.


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This one is full of lively cartoons throughout. Such as this charming depiction of a Chinaman.


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And this charming depiction of a turkey about to be decapitated.


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And this depiction of Satan scaring small children. (Dogs can detect evil.)


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