Cookbook Reviews...Better Homes and Gardens 1960's Cookbooks

  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

Scrambled Eggs

Blueberry Pie

Wild Rice and Mushrooms

Golden Peach Pie with Canned Peaches

Tossed Egg Salad

Lazy Day Lasagna

Chocolate Crinkles


  1. I have the gold souvenir edition, too! I was given it by my mother-in-law, in 1962 or 1963, I think. Both the front cover and the back cover have come off the spine that holds the ring binders. A rubber band holds it together when it's on the shelf. I wouldn't part with it for real gold!

    1. At the cost to replace it you really need to treasure it. It really is a good cookbook isn't it. Nice mother-in-law to give it to you. Glad to see someone else has it as you are the first I knew of that did. Keep Cool!

  2. I wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoy your blog! It is so good to find these sorts of treasures out in today's complicated "real world". It is reassuring to look at things from the good days past, when the homemaking arts were still valued and appreciated. Thanks for sharing these things with us and keep up the great work!

    Lorie in NC

    1. Hi Lori, Glad you stopped by. We enjoy all the nice comments from out readers and are so glad you are enjoying the blog.
      Yes, sometimes we just need a place to live a simpler lifestyle.


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