I have a thing for local, spiral-bound cookbooks. And if they’re hand-written? Even better. Here are three from my collection
BY CAMPUS CHEFS
By Campus Chefs: Favorite Recipes of Members of the Northfield Schools Community. Copyright 1962. Compiled by The Women’s Service Guild of the Mount Herman Church.
The cookbook contains recipes for breads, cakes, cookies, desserts/candy, fish/fowl, meats, pies/pastries, salads/dressings, soups, and vegetables. Most recipes are handwritten; some are typed.
As in typed on a typewriter.
There aren’t a lot of “weird and wacky” recipes that so many mid-century food bloggers love to prepare.
The notorious “Candlestick Salad” is on page 79. It’s a banana standing on end in the middle of a ring of pineapple. The banana is topped with a cherry. If you’re not already blushing, this kitchn post will surely make you do so. If you prefer, read the history of the Candle Salad here. It will not make you blush.
And then….on page 26. What the heck are “Frying Pan Cookies?”
Butter, sugar, chopped dates, an egg, vanilla, rice krispies, walnuts. are heated in a frying pan for 15 minutes. Then you form that concoction into balls and roll it in shredded coconut.
Doesn’t sound bad at all.
Eatin’ Out is a 200+ page spiral-bound cookbook produced by the Mitten Bay Girl Scout Council in May 1975 to raise funds for the “Cabana Patrol” to visit the Girl Scouts World Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The cookbook has more than 600 recipes.
Recipes are broken into unusual categories, most likely because it’s a Girl Scout cookbook. Girl Scouts go camping. A lot.
Breads/Breakfast, Beverages, Soups & Sauces, Salads/Dressings/Relishes & Vegetables, Skillet or One Pan, Dutch Oven, Reflector and Box Oven, Grilling/Barbecuing & Meats, Desserts, Snacks & Foods to Take Camping, Stick/Kabobs & Pie Irons, Backpacking & Cross Country Skiing, Aluminum Foil, Eating from the Wild, Sandwiches & Miscellaneous
Some of the recipes are clearly from other sources – “Campsite Cookbook,” “Better Homes & Gardens: Barbecues and Picnics,” “Our Best Cooks,” “Wondall’s Campsite Cookbook,” and “Favorite Recipes From Our Best Cooks Cookbook,” and more are cited.
If you were a Girl Scout, you probably ate “Ants On A Log” or maybe “Goobers In Hiding.”
And frankly, there’s so much goodness in this cookbook that I may have to make a separate blog post just for it. What do you think?
MAKE IT NOW – BAKE IT LATER!
This hand-written cookbook is dated 1958 and the author is Barbara Goodfellow. This is a first edition.
The title page shouts, “mostly main dishes to be made in the morning baked in the evening and served with pride!”
Clearly, Mrs. Goodfellow was not proud of her ability to use commas correctly.
That’s a comment only an English major would love.
Googling produced a quick history of these small cookbooks. Goodfellow produced the first with an eye towards raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. There are six or so of these smaller cookbooks available.
In 2004 Goodfellow’s son, Scott, attempted to revive the “Make it Now, Bake it Later” brand, but -given that it’s $0.1 on Amazon, failed.
Instead, hunt down a copy of The Complete Make It Now Bake It Later – also selling for $0.1 on amazon.
The first cookbook has 36 recipes, most are designed to serve more than six people.Another thing I learned was that Mrs. Goodfellow was the wife of a naval officer. As such, she hosted many parties, and (understandably) found it annoying to be in the kitchen while the guests were in the living room talking.
Each recipe has a sentence of introduction, often accentuated by an exclamation mark:
- Inexpensive and different!
- Really deluxe!
- Make it a day ahead!
- and so on.
This gives you an idea, sans exclamation.
I love finding older, spiral-bound cookbooks like this. Do you have any?
- ¼ pound butter or margarine
- 1 cup sugar, either brown or white
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 egg
- Vanilla to taste
- 2 cups rice crispies
- ½ cup walnut meats
- Shredded coconut
- Mix and cook the butter, sugar, chopped dates, and egg in a frying pan for 15 minutes. Add vanilla, rice crispies, and nuts. Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut.