Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cookbook Tuesday: Good and Easy

Yup, another Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have a soft part part in my heart for the Mid Century.  Maybe it is the illustrations and how simple everything seemed back then or maybe because my parents didn't grow up eating  this kind of food so they never really made it for us. This is all pretty new to me. I mean, I didn't know what a casserole was until I was in my 20s.  This book, Betty Crocker's Good and Easy Cook Book was published in 1954.  

The bottom portion reads:
Betty Crocker's brand new idea book-1000 time-saving, taste-tempting recipes and hints for busy modern homemakers.

To me, finding notes or notes written on recipes in old books is like finding a dinosaur bone. This note was a reference to a friend or something. Or it was a note from a librarian.  When I think  about it, it's a strange note.  

I've started making notes in my books so that a future cookbook collector or even better, my hoarder children will have something to reference.

Reading this has made me realize that we have come a long way from how coffee is made. This book references the percolator, the dripolator, the vacuum maker, steeping in a pot, and instant.  It also notes the frozen coffee but what the fuck is that?  I know all the other methods. 

When I moved out for college I live with a lady that still used a percolator, you know the recalled Corelle kind that exploded if used incorrectly.  These method listed in the book were all stove top methods. I feel that in some way, that if you enjoy coffee that we are all in some way reverting back to some kind of simpler way. In my house we use a Chemex. No electric coffee makers for us. #toocoolforschool

No book from the 50's is complete without the unappetizing live photos. 

Betty Crocker invented the fucking Fourth Meal! This B knew what was up before the stoners at Taco Bell even knew it was cool.  Was Betty Crocker the first published stoner? 

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