A cookbook that I use a lot, is the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Gold Souvenir Edition. I bought my copy in 1961 when it was first published. It is in a Gold binder edition, commemorating the sale of 10 million ”Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbooks”. It has the same contents as the 1968 red plaid cookbook which Sue has, I do not have the red plaid for that year. I do have 3 other red plaid cookbooks including the new one published in 2010.
I find that I use the souvenir edition first. The newest one has a lot of newer up to date recipes and directions, but I really prefer my older one. I find that if I want to try something different or find a recipe I have not made in awhile, this is the cookbook I turn to. Over the years, it has gotten battered and stained. I hope it lasts as long as I want to keep cooking as the used copies of it are selling for around sixty dollars. Ouch, I think I paid about 10 or 12 dollars for it new. Keep in mind that most of the editions were for several years and when they came out with a new edition, it had several changes in it.
Of all the cookbooks published, I think that Better Homes and Gardens have done the best job of staying current with the food trends and staying basic for new cooks and cooks who have been cooking for several years. It's a good basic cookbook that has a place in anyone’s kitchen. Sue says "Some of our blue-ribbon recipes come from these books!"
Here are recipes from these iconic books:
Oven Barbequed Ribs
Club Chicken Casserole
Molasses Cake Bars
Wild Rice and Mushrooms
Golden Peach Pie with Canned Peaches
Tossed Egg Salad
Lazy Day Lasagna