The Life Picture Cookbook 1958 – Some of it is quite beautiful…. – was Life magazine’s response to the wildly popular Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook (1950). And it was bigger than Betty’s ring-bound home help – 14-inches tall – and more lavishly illustrated. If Betty was all about tips and domestic bliss, the Life Picture Cookbook was about aspiration and extravagance. Now, who fancies the flaming lettuce?
The Best of France. Champagne, anyone?
They Are Prawns… But not as we know them…New Orleans.
Scandia Restaurant, 1958. Hollywood, CA
Trader Vic’s, 1958. The San Francisco Tiki icon Life Picture Cookbook
Stallmastaregarden Restaurant, Stockholm, 1958…
And now I know the true meaning of “Stockholm Syndrome”. Life Picture Cookbook
Don’t Know How Much They Paid This Guy….. But it just wasn’t enough! Pump Room Restaurant, Chicago c.1958 Life Picture Cookbook
La Cremaillere-a-la-Campagne Restaurant, Banksville New YorkChef Antoine Gilly and his hilarously overblown food…. Life Picture Cookbook
Perino’s Of Los Angeles, 1958
Alex Perino shows his wares. Life Picture Cookbook
Architect Quincy Jones Barbeques Steak In The Living Room Of His Self-Designed House, 1958
Imperial House Restaurant, Chicago
It’s Chicken Kiev with asparagus! 1958 Life Picture Cookbook
Waiting For Don Draper.
Life Picture Cook Book, 1958
Sara Lee Vs Jenni Craig…
The early days. Life Picture Cook Book, 1958
Moss Hart And Kitty Carlise Entertain…
Amelio’s Of San Francisco
1958, Life Picture Cookbook
Photos and captions by Glen H. Sparky.