When I was a kid, I used to read all my mom's Gourmet magazines and flip through her collection of Time Life Foods of the World. The photographs of food and faraway places lit up something inside me - for me, this was the defining moment when I became a connoisseur of food and travel. Over the years, my mom has upgraded her cookbooks to newer versions and I've inherited the older ones.
There's just something about cooking from vintage cookbooks. Sure, the recipes are more time-consuming and maybe less healthy, but the smell of the paper, the style of the photographs, and the language just do something for me.
In my collection, I have several volumes of French cookbooks published by Gourmet in the fifties and sixties. I also have my mom's 1967 edition of Better Homes and Gardens: The Cookbook. Somewhere during one of our family moves, her collection of Foods of the World got lost, but I was able to repurchase the entire collection one at a time on Amazon. I've also got a 1974 printing of Sunset's Cooking for Two ... Or Just You that I refer to quite often.
What about you? Do you cook from vintage cookbooks? Which ones? Why?
Web Resource: Vintage Cookbook
In Praise Of The Well Used Cookbook
Omnivore Books On Food - San Francisco
(Image: Kathryn Hill)