Thursday, February 22, 2007

Review | Vintage Cookbooks

I started collecting vintage cookbooks about three years ago, but not for the recipes – for the food photography. Food photography has come a long way since the 60’s and 70’s. But you can’t blame the nasty-looking food entirely on the pictures – there were also a lot of recipes that make you want to laugh and puke at the same time. Some of my favorite “delicacies” and “luxuries” include Weiner Winner Pizza, Molded Pork Loaf (shown below with the caption Cool Molded Pork Loaf is an appetizing work of art.), Danish Garden Salad (the white loaf shown below) and Spicy Liverwurst-Ham Nibblers. And for those of us who didn’t spend their 20’s and 30’s at key parties with ironed hair, we think of Jello as a dessert food. But some of the best savory food photography and recipes in my collection come from the pages of my vintage Jello cookbooks. So, a toast to my first blog post (and all of those brave baby boomers who ate Ring-Around-the-Tuna): “May all of my posts that follow be more appetizing than this.”

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

i just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Diana Kowalsky said...

I like any food that has words like "molded" and "loaf" in the title.

And, there ain't nothing wrong with liverwurst! I grew up on that delicacy.

Bridget said...

It is so nice of Jello to provide the packaging for those meals. Keep in mind these are the people who invented the TV "dinner"

Anonymous said...

RING-AROUND-THE-TUNA needs NO GARNISH !!!

... but those are cute radishes.

Anonymous said...

i just threw up in my mouth a little bit more...

Diana Kowalsky said...

When will the next food trend include an "up-and-coming" restaraunt with jello molds (sweet AND savory) on the menu? I can just see it ...

J. Noelle said...

Kind of like dim sum, they can just wheel around trays of jiggling molds and you can have them slice off pieces of whatever looks good! (although as you can see from the photos, not much molded food looks good)