They don’t make recipe books like they used to

by rjones3 on January 8, 2011

I found this great 1933 vintage “Balanced Recipes by Pillsbury” in a stamped aluminum Art Deco binder. I think it’s rare to find a book that looks like an appliance, and this is definitely a collection that can take a good beating in the kitchen. The previous owner made good use of the binder by handwriting and typing their own recipes in the appendix. One of the last pages in the binder reads:

Additional copies of this ultra-modern cook book may be obtained by mailing $1.25 or you need send only $1.00 if you include a recipe slip from a sack of Pillsbury Best Flour.

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Dom January 8, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Now I’m hungry.

Deon January 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM

So do you plan to sell this classic or keep it? I could see you going either way, depending on your bend.

elle January 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

OMG, this is fantastic! Where did you find it? I love old cookbooks.

PeeJ January 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM


Aluminum, being fairly new as a material, was very trendy at the time. In 1931 the men’s lounges at Radio City Music Hall were done in aluminum foil, deco wallpaper. It’s quite spectacular.

rjones3 January 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I found it at a vintage store near me. There’s some copies online that aren’t as cheap as the one I found.

elle January 11, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Aw, man, $68? *cries*

rjones3 January 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM
elle January 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

You’re an enabler, you realize that no? :) And thank you!

anita January 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Wow! Whole flaxseed? Guess it wasn’t all about the heavy cream like we stereotype food of that era.

Terri January 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM

What a find! I love all of the old cook books that I have from my grandmother. They’re wonderful pieces of Americana. A definite keeper.

Jean B. January 18, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Neat! I have been collecting cookbooks and recipe booklets for quite a while and have a huge number by now, but I have never seen this one. I do hope I come across a copy in my life!

Elizabeth @ MomCooks January 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I’ve never seen a recipe collection inside an aluminum tin like this one! What a great find.

lenajr January 21, 2011 at 4:33 AM

I have been collecting old cookbooks since I was a kid. One of my favorites is from 1935 ‘The way to a mans heart” by Mrs Simon Cantor from the Minneapolis School System. It covers everything you could ever want to know from diets, setting tables for entertaining to building a stove.

Dan Taylor January 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Isn’t this a great one? I picked one up many years ago during one of my garage sale, flea market or thrift store excursions. One of a handful of cookbooks that could probably stop a bullet if the need arose.

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