Over the years I’ve inherited several cookbooks from my grandparents or from rummage and estate sale finds. A recent conversation with the hubs encouraged us to dig up some of our old Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks. This particular heap is from 1968 and for several hours the other night we found ourselves lost in Bologna-Rings and gelatin molds.
Now, my mama always told me “not to knock something until you’ve tried it” and I 98% agree with this dietary motto. But, I’m not sure a savory gelatin mold of any kind was ever a good idea. It’s quite possible, not having tried these culinary wonders, that those of you who have tasted and love to tell about it will correct me on this, but…WOW, America!
Sauerkraut with the iconic pimento recipe upon request!
And then there are the health conscious recipes and instructions on how to Eat and Stay Slim. My favorite lesson was learning that “fat won’t rub off” and “local deposits can’t be reduced by rollers or by shaking, shimmying gadgets”. Shimmying, such a good word!
Paired with weight and height charts for men and women…
And I particularly like the snack recommendations for the “teen-age record party”, specifically the pickle-sickles served with Tamale Hero Sandwiches.
Fast forward 50 years from now and “they’ll” be poking fun at our current trends and recipes, too. I love that cookbooks preserve a little bit of culinary history and allow us a window into the cultural trends as well.
* All recipes, photos and quotes taken from Better Homes and Gardens: “Jiffy Cooking” (1968) & “Eat And Stay Slim” (1968)