Cookbook Shelves Shared and Eat and Grow Slim Clipping

Thanks to blog followers who shared their thoughts and comments on Feb 15th post Share Your Cookbook Shelf and to the two below who emailed photos of their cookbooks.

From Colleen

“This is about half my cookbook collection.  I have over two hundred altogether.  Another bookcase this size and lots of little stacks around the house. Last year I decided I would pick a cookbook a month and make five recipes I’d never tried.  I did not complete the task every month but it was a lot of fun trying.”


Colleen's Cookbooks

just half? Thanks for sharing your photo, Colleen.

and from Euthemia  who says “My favorite cookbook is 660 Curries” 

660 Curries

plus another photo of her three shelves of cookbooks

Euthemia's Cookbooks

Euthemia sent this photo of her three shelves filled with cookbooks.



and here are a couple of photographs of my old cookbooks, a bit grainy in the low light shot with the iPhone

Old CookbooksMy parents spent their wedding night at The Palmer House in Chicago Illinois, August 28, 1939. I remember my dad said they ate Tomato Soup.  The next day they took a train to New Haven where they would  live for the next three years and they didn’t get a sleeper car but sat up (less expensive).

Palmer House Cookbook

I bought the The Palmer House Cookbook on ebay and it is signed by the Head Chef  Ernest E. Amiet in 1940 when it was published. I googled him and couldn’t find any further reference.

Palmer House Cookbook

Eat and Grow Slim
Eat and Grow Slim   like finding old clippings and notes inside the cookbooks
cranberry sauce and fowl
cranberry sauce and fowl- Affinity Foods

A way to a man's heart

52 sunday dinners

The Boston Cooking School Cook Book

Anyone Can Bake Cook BookAnyone Can Bake

how to mix cakefrom the interior of Anyone Can Bake

CAlves HeadAnd a photographic plate from the Palmer House Cookbook  of Calf’s Head en Tortue-   trends and tastes change over time.

14 thoughts on “Cookbook Shelves Shared and Eat and Grow Slim Clipping

  1. Oh my goodness you ladies sure like to cook. I might have five cookbooks in total. No wonder cooking isn’t my favorite thing to do. 🙂 🙂 🙂


  2. What a very fun topic for a post, Ruth. My mom fed us using recipes from an old book called, The Womens’ Home Companion Cookbook, and I made sure my kids and all my siblings had used copies that I found in thrift stores or used book stores.

  3. I love this post- as I no longer fill guilty about the array of cookbooks I have in various spots and bookshelves!!

  4. Precious collection! A cookbook a month and make five recipes I’d never tried– I love that idea! I tend to use the same recipes over and over… 🙂

  5. Good to see I’m not alone in my love of recipes, I think it brings me back to the love and joy of being with family around a huge table . This post makes me want to get all my mom’s recipes and cookbooks unpacked and in the same place.

  6. Thank you for the visual history; seeing how people dress and what they ate over time is such a great way to get a feel for past trends and values.

    And thanks to your cooking friends for sharing their photos; impressive collections!

  7. I remember how Joyce had such a nice collection on shelves in the kitchen. She had a built in shelves. How nice that was!!

    • thanks John. I loved your tuna casserole but wrote a comment in my head instead of on your actual post. YIKES. I had better get with it. Your mother’s recipe sounded so rich and satisfying, soup and mayo and all.
      Perfect for this season.

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