Southern Living recently published a story by Micah A Leal on their website, listing “7 vintage cookbooks worth the thrift store hunt”. In it, Leal notes, “In a world where everyone carries a professional camera in their pocket, and where flawless media related to food inundates our TVs, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds, things like old cookbooks seem irrelevant and outdated—but nothing could be farther from the truth.”
We wholeheartedly agree! Just the other day a friend commented on cookbooks saying printed and bound volumes are no longer necessary since “everything is available online these days.” Which might seem true at first given the preponderance of electronic outlets featuring not just recipes but mouth watering videos of sped up food prep from providers like “Tasty” and “Delish“, but it’s not. A lot of really good cookbooks are simply not available online, in any form.
For example, Leal’s list includes the following:
– What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking, by Abby Fisher (1881)
– Charleston Receipts, by The Junior League of Charleston (1950)
– The Silver Spoon (1950)
– The New York Times Cookbook, by Craig Claiborne (1961)
– The Silver Palate Cookbook, by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins (1982)
– The Splendid Table, by Lynne Rossetto Kasper (1992)
– The Victory Garden Cookbook, by Marian Morash (1982)
of which, only a few, such as The Silver Palate Cookbook (Amazon Kindle $9.99), are available electronically.
Note: if you have a copy of Morash’s Victory Garden Cookbook and you are not completely in love with it you might just consider selling yours as the current offerings on Amazon.com show the least expensive copy listed for $80.04 before shipping and taxes are added.
For cooks who enjoy the ease of searching for recipes online but still love their physical books, sites like, “Eat Your Books” can help. EatYourBooks.com provides a resource for cooks to make better use of their own cookbook collections by offering access to a searchable index of over 1.5 million recipes. You can try out the service free of charge. A free account allows up to 5 books on your bookshelf. A premium membership costs $3.00 per month or $30.00 per year.
Read the full Southern Living article with the authors commentary on each of the books selected at: https://www.southernliving.com/kitchen-assistant/vintage-cookbooks