My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook - 1936 Edition 14th Printing - 1930's Binder Cookbook
This book is your starting point for a whole new adventure in meal-making...(from the Introduction)
First published in 1930, this binder-style cookbook produced by the tasting-test kitchen of Better Homes and Gardens, was a novelty in layout and design. For the first time, it incorporated the notion that women were collecting their own recipes as much as following them in cookbooks, so they created this binder style to suit the custom needs of each home cooks.
With tabs denoting all the various sections, blank notepaper at the end of each chapter, and a paper pocket to store handwritten recipes home cooks could be more efficient and organized when it came to food preparation. Recipes could be found easily using the tab method as well as the detailed index. The binder allowed for recipes printed in the magazine to be added conveniently to the cookbook and allowed the book to lay flat on the counter. The paper pocket just before the pie chapter allowed recipes collected between friends and family to be stored for safekeeping and easy access.
This style of cookbook was an instant success and saw many printings and revised editions throughout the 1930's. This is the May 1936 edition and the 14th printing.
- 16 Chapters plus Index, Miscellany, Nutrition, Menu Planning and Suggestions, and Instructions for the Hostess (table decor info)
- Inside the front and back covers are quick reference charts for measurements, baking temperatures and can sizes
- Dozens of interesting recipes are included in each section as well as clipped recipes from the Cook's Round Table, which were the Tasting - Test Kitchen's approved and endorsed recipes originally submitted by readers.
It's amazing to think that this cookbook is over 80 years old! All the pages are intact and all the tabs are secure. There are a few random splatter marks on a few of the pages. The cover is splitting a little bit from the spine on the front and back cover (please see photo) but the cover is all in one piece and is not loose from the spine - just fraying a bit. The binder rings open and close easily.
Measures 7.5" inches (width) x 9.5" inches (length) x 2" inches (depth)
For any cookbook aficionado, this makes a wonderful gift. Pair it with this 1930's baking book for the ultimate vintage kitchen cooking time capsule.