Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook "Rescuer"

I call myself the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook "Rescuer". Almost all of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks you see on my hutch belonged to either Mother "B", Dorothy, my mother-in-law, Rosemary, my mother... or me! They are basically "retired" books. I love to read through them though and see how much the eating habits of Americans have changed. Wow! There is a huge, huge difference in the way we eat.. thank goodness. Gone are the rich sauces and much of the frying that used to go on in our kitchens.
I rarely can resist a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook  in an antique store. I have to go through one page by page and if the former owner of the book has written any notes and drawn a star by a recipe, I have to have it! I invision a Betty Crocker-type woman in her Better Homes and Gardens kitchen preparing the recipe for a perfect family, waiting not so patiently. Oh well... it's only a vision and I do realize that the woman was probably a lot like me, desperate for something new, a little different and not terribly complicated... and something I already have all the ingredients for in my kitchen. The books usually cost only about $12, so it is not a major expense. I just feel that this faithful cookbook needs a good place to retire. Don't we ALL!


Lori E said...

Hi Betty, I mean Lori here. Ha.I've been called worse.
I have a B&H cookbook that I got for free where I used to work. The pages were printed out of order somehow.
Page 1/3 then 2/4 then 5/7 the 6/8. Makes it a little hard to use the index but the recipes are fine.

blushing rose said...

I can sit & go thru cookbooks all day long. Love recipes.

Terry's hubby was in an accident. Please pray for them @ terrytreasures.blogspot.com.

Have a lovely autumn week. TTFN ~Marydon

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Karen,
It's so nice to meet you! I really appreciate your kind visit to my blog and that you are following along as well. I'll do the same. Your blog is just wonderful!

Your cookbook collection is fabulous! I remember seeing them at my Grandma's house many years ago. Your home is really beautiful!

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa :)

PS I just read the great news below about your daughter in law. That's a true blessing and a relief.

Betty said...

Hi Karen ... I also love old cook books ...I love the way you have them displayed .. I always say it's an old book if they call for "Oleo" .. I'm also glad we don't cook with the fats we used to use ..even in our Mexican cooking ... but hey, we're still here so I guess it didn't kill us ..and the food was definitely 'yummy'.
Also thanks for commenting on my red stove.
Hugz ...Betty

Lori E said...

Hi again. I am near Vancouver so probably about 6 hours to Penticton. Have you been there?