The Better Homes and Gardens - New Cookbook has always been my go to... cookbook. My Mother kept one of these red checkerboard darlings in her kitchen from the time she was married to now. I believe the last one she purchased was in the late 1970's.
Now what I have picture here are two of mine. The only two I can locate to photograph. My 1955 version and the 1964 version. My favorite one is from the mid 1930's. When the checkerboard pattern lays out looking like a red diamond pattern. Instead of the horizontal red check. I am thinking I have it packed up out at my parents. Anywho.... as the world of cooking changed so did the cookbooks.
These cookbooks tend to be different colors on the inside. So they are easy to quickly see which decade it came from.
The pink interior is the 50's version... and the yellow one is from the 60's.
Then there is the fun stuff that I learn from these older books. Like what in the world is "sour milk".
I have a couple of vintage recipes from my Grandmother's personal stash. One is for a chocolate cake that everyone talks about in my family. But she would never share the recipe with anyone! :)
After she had passed away... I bought home some cookbooks she had on a shelf for decorations in her kitchen . Ones that she had used for display purposes. So they were pristine. When I got home with them. I too placed them on a shelf to display them. Till about 6 years later. When I wanted to find sometime new, to make for a party.
Inside of this random cookbook... that no one had cracked open in probably decades. Was my Grandmother's hand written recipe for this chocolate cake... I died. I could not believe that I ended up with the random cookbook she had hid the recipe in. And that I had not found it for years.
But the one odd ingredient was "sour milk". I had no idea what that was... yet here in my vintage Better Home and Garden's cookbook. It tells me how to make sour milk! Amazing.
Now for something else amazing.... how about some hot pink steel kitchen cabinets! This was in my 50's Better Home and Garden's cookbook.... one of the pretty pictures scatter through out the cookbook.
Aren't those amazing! Even with a black vent-a-hood. And looking closer at them... I see what looks like a pale pink pull out for chopping!
What happen to decorating kitchens with lots of color?? I am so tired of seeing the never ending brown kitchen. I want to see hot pink steel cabinets!
If you want to see an amazing collection of steel cabinets... in all kinds of colors.... look here @ Retro Renovations... I love seeing that so many renovators are hunting these gorgeous steel cabinets down and installing them in their vintage kitchens.
Ohhhh and about that recipe from my Grandmother.... she was not taking any chances with it. She wrote it out... but there are a couple of screwy things with a couple of the ingredients. Which I suspect she did on purpose. So if it was found... you have to prepare it a couple times to get it worked out. And there were no directions for preparing it. Just the ingredients. :) Sneaky ole' woman!
And that my friends... is the recipe card that I found. Black Devil's food cake is the chocolcate cake that everyone raves about in my family. I am thinking about preparing it for an up coming family event. But I am still a little puzzled why I have to use "sour milk". What exactly does it add to the recipe? And why can't I use normal Borden's milk?
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