Inspired by Ali's recent question related to resources for reading out-of-print cookbooks (here: https://food52.com/hotline...) I want to know what out-of-print cookbooks you have and love.
Check these out - I love them more for the late 60's / early 70's flashback value. In the Commune one - an opening chapter it titled "A Rap About Kitchen Tools" - heh - and it reads like, well what you would expect.
Hare Krishna quote: This transcendental cookbook is designed to help you transform one of the most important daily chores into a spiritual reservoir of bliss.
How's THAT for a mission statement??
Because I learned from them and they still had a whiff of earlier or original editions (which subsequent editions have good but different flavors):
Joy of Cooking (1975 edition) and Larousse Gastronomique (English 1938).
Unprejudiced Palate, 1948 by Angelo Pellegrini. Italian way of home gardening and cooking. Not recovered or reintroduced, but retained by an Italian immigrant in California who was, I think, a professor of literature, but kept his family's way of eating.
Rochester Hadassah Cookbook, 1972. Like all those Junior League books...a fund-raiser and collection of tried-and-true home recipes. Includes my parents' generation of home cooks, all identified by their husbands' names, good basic recipes, memories.
Ontario herbs and forage products, mid 70s, spiral bound leaflet from a conservation centre. Now gone. Again, like the Pellegrini book, author had the sense to record and present recipes with decades of proven use. Made lots of jams, teas, mushrooms, etc from this little booklet.
Actually, Angelo Pellegrini was a professor at U of Washington, lived, gardened and cooked in Seattle. A great guy and a terrific writer.
Paseo, thanks for the update on where Angelo Pellegrini lived and worked. Sounds like you knew him...lucky you!
Helen Brown's West Coast Cook Book (1952) is an American Classic. Also Sheila Hibben's American Regional Cookery (1946). The Golden Age of American cook books was probably 1961 when the truly great, ground breaking ones appeared.
It certainly has to do with where I come from, but this one is my favorite, especially if you are into ethnic cooking https://www.amazon.com/Balkan-cookbook-International-cook-book/dp/017140081X
Italian Farmhouse Cookbook by Susan Herrmann Loomis
Another rare book from 1961 was Gourmet's Basic French Cookbook by Louis Diat. It was timed to arrive with the New York World's Fair. Same year as Julia Child's but a better book. Unlike most cookbooks today the recipes might be one or two paragraphs with the ingredients included. I inherited my mother's copy. She bought most of the good ones back then.
Anna del Conte's Italian Kitchen: I Dolci, for it's Torta Sbrisolona (crumbly cake) of cornmeal and other desserts and cakes
Jacquelin Higuera McMahan, California Rancho Cooking
Marimar Torres, The Catalan Country Kitchen
The Campagna Table by Mark Strausman and Julia Moskin -- such great Italian recipes. Very accessible. I'd highly recommend it (as would the reviewers on Amazon, it seems). And, it's apparently available very cheaply!
So many great ones for me to keep my eyes peeled for, thanks all!
Irene Kuo, The Key to Chinese Cooking
Uh oh. I just put forty-one beloved, old cookbooks in the hallway of my apartment building. The three volumes of McCall's Cooking School went first. Now I regret it.
New York Times Heritage Cook Book -- Jean Hewitt
Does anyone here own Lee Cirillo’s The Italian Bakery cookbook? I’m looking for a digital copy of the recipes. It’s super rare. Thanks. :)
one source lists the original spiral bound
BTW, I grew up in Rochester but left before it was published. Any background or story you can provide?
PS Is Lee related to the musician Chuck Mangione?
Not being in the book trade, I don't keep track of what's going out of print, but I supect most of my best books are. For purposes of this question, I will select Louis De Guoy's Gold Cookbook from 1947. It's an incredibly comprehensive treatment; I don't really use many of the recipes, but it is a source I usually consult when learning any sort of traditional dish (I like to consult many sources) and gives a great window into the practices of the time. The story on the origin of the waffle is itself worth the price of admission.
1. Is "Laurel's Kitchen," by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Bronwen Godfrey, out of print now? This wonderful vegetarian cookbook contains the best nutrition tables in the back of any cookbook!
2. "Ethnic Cuisine: The Flavor Principle Cookbook," by Elisabeth Rozin, enables a cook to understand, and create, near-authentic cuisine from a wide variety of cultures.
The slow Cooker Bible
Crescent Dragonwagon's "Bean Book"," One Dish Meals of Asia" by "Jennifer Brennan, "The Country Kitchen Cookbook", by Edward Harris Heth, and the whole, glorious "Foods of the World " series,by Time-Life.
Brennan died just a few years ago (2011) in San Diego at age 74. Also wrote "Curries and Bugles" which won IACP award for 1990 Best Book in Literary Food Writing.
The entire Time-Life Foods of the World series. Not only a treasure-trove of authentic recipes, many of which seemed quite exotic to us in the 60s, the format was inspired: a large, lavishly illustrated hardbound book that was as much a travelogue as a cookbook paired with a compact spiral-bound book containing just the recipes. One for the easy chair, one for the kitchen. These books still show up in used book stores, which is a good thing--I lost many of mine to a flood and was able to replace them all.