Most of them are published by flour, baking powder or other brand familiar companies- Jell-O, Rumford Baking Powder, Spry Shortening, White Lily Flour are just a few.
I'm a bit picky about which booklets I buy because I know if I bought every one that I see, I would have no room for anything else in my kitchen!
These are a few of my favorite booklets:
The Joys of Jell-O with recipes like Crown Jewel Dessert and Apple Tuna Mold. Homemaking with a Flair with recipes by James Beard- Hamburgers on a Stick and Gado Gado, a Japanese dish. Husband-Tested Recipes by Mary Lee Taylor. Just look at the centerfold! Ha! I'm pretty sure that my husband would not be happy with a spaghetti dinner that had hot dogs arranged on the top. But, some of the other dishes look delicious!
Here are a few more of my faves:
Aunt Jenny's Favorite Recipes comes with cute photos and, even better, solutions for your baking problems in the guise of clever conversation.
"How did you ever decide what recipes to put in this book of yours, Jenny? Why, you must know thousands!"
"Well, Calvin, I knew folks would want receipts for every day- not too fussy or hard on the pocketbook , but good-tastin'. These sure are- an' so digestible even a child can eat 'em, for they are all made with Spry!"
You will find words like humdinger and dandy within its pages, and they absolutely describe this adorable booklet.
With White Lily flour, you have friends everywhere, along with menus for planning out your weekly meals!
While the retro charm of these booklets is clearly their appeal, the recipes are actually worth revisiting. Some of them have found their way onto my dinner table to raves from my family. They are practical, thrifty meals designed to feed a family with wholesome goodness. Making foods from scratch is not only cheaper but healthier.
Next time you're at a tag sale, yard sale or estate sale, head to the kitchen and pick up a few of these treasures. You never know, you might find me there as well!