These little vintage cookbooks are fun. I found them on my last thrift outing, along with the hand-embroidered linen tea cloth. The stitching on this is beautiful, not a single spot on it either. The delicate flowers and leaf sprigs remind me of chamomile, and send my mind drifting to the summer herb garden. Well, when I saw this I knew it would be the perfect compliment to the soft blue toile print in the bedroom and decided to make a little pillow out of it for the chaise. A nice weekend project perhaps.
Anyway, these ABC cookbooks were published in the 1950's-60's by Peter Pauper Press, a third generation family publisher that's been around for over 70 years. I found the three entitled, "The ABC of Jiffy Cooking", "The ABC of Casseroles", and "The ABC of Wine Cookery". (There were two of the latter and I'd be happy to pass one along to the first person in the U.S. who leaves a comment here that wants to claim it.) As luck would have it, or maybe because these are on my radar now, I ran across another one, "The ABC of Salads". I don't know how many there are in the series, but when I did an online search I found one for canapes and another for desserts. I'll be on the look-out for those now that I seem to have a collection starting here. They seem to be geared toward young brides and new homemakers and have practical simple recipes from A-Z, which was funny to me when I realized this because of the A-Z quiche challenge I'm doing. And if I get stumped, I can just thumb through these and see what's cooking for a particular letter. There are cute "decorations" throughout by Ruth McCrea, with her quirky quips like, "There's grit in the salad, and way too much salt, the cook is in love, so it isn't her fault." What a great excuse when things go awry in the kitchen! (I'll have to remember that one the next time I burn something and set off the smoke alarm.) Oh, another treasure I found, Betty Crocker's Party Book (1960). Such a tasty treat. Almost as delicious as my cornbread.