Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration and Practical Pastries by Joseph A. Lambeth

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This time around we're taking a look at some of the unique and beautiful old cookbooks we have on the site. Whether we're considering titles, content, or even cover design, it's clear to see things have changed in the last hundred years. Food has evolved, ingredients have changed, health priorities are different - cookbooks are very different today than yesterday.

Take for example Cook and Be Cool by Marie Harrison, from 1928. Not only does "be cool" have a different meaning than it did then, but there was no air-conditioning in private homes then, either. But some things never change - people love to cook, love to share recipes and love to eat - and everyone loves beautiful books.



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25 Beautiful Old Cookbooks

The Way to a Good Table by Elizabeth Craig
The Way to a Good Table
Elizabeth Craig
1882

This copy: $31.69

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Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes by Emily Chase (ed.)
Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes
Emily Chase (ed.)
1949

This copy $60.00

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The New Brunswick Cook Book by Aida Boyer McAnn
New Brunswick Cook Book
Aida Boyer McAnn
1938

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New York World's Fair Cook Book by Crosby Gaige
New York World's Fair Cook Book
Crosby Gaige
1939

This copy $200.00

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El Rey de los Cocineros (The King of the Kitchen) A Spanish Cook Book by Tomas Climent y Orts
El Rey de los Cocineros (Spanish)
Tomas Climent y Orts
1901

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A Handbook of Cookery  by Jessie Conrad
A Handbook of Cookery For a Small House
Jessie Conrad
1923

This copy: $225.00

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The Joy of Cooking, 3rd printing by Irma S. Rombauer
The Joy of Cooking
Irma S. Rombauer
1936

This copy $250.00

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Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book by Betty Crocker Kitchens
Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book
Betty Crocker Kitchens
1950

This copy $140.00

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Good Maine Food by Marjorie Mosser
Good Maine Food
Marjorie Mosser
1947

This copy sold

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Favorite Recipes of Famous Musicians by Charlotte Morris
Favorite Recipes of Famous Musicians
Charlotte Morris
1941

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Cook and Be Cool by Marie Harrison
Cook and Be Cool
Marie Harrison
1928

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Fancy Ices by Mrs. A.B. Marshall
Fancy Ices
Mrs. A.B. Marshall
1898

This copy $475.22

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The Brown Derby Cookbook by the staff of the Brown Derby Restaurants
The Brown Derby Cookbook
Brown Derby Restaurants
1949

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Mexican Cookbook by Erna Fergusson
Mexican Cookbook
Erna Fergusson
1945

This copy: sold

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The Young Folk's Cook Book by Harriet and Laurence Lustig
The Young Folks' Cook Book
Harriet and Laurence Lustig
1946

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The Fireside Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking for Beginner and Expert by James A. Beard
The Fireside Cook Book
James A. Beard
1949

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Catherine Owen's New Cook Book  by Catherine Owen
Catherine Owen's New Cook Book
Catherine Owen
1885

This copy: sold

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Five Roses Cook Book by Canadian Housewives
Five Roses Cook Book
Canadian Housewives
1915

This copy $257.16

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Mrs. Gillette's Cook Book by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Mrs. Gillette's Cook Book
F.L. Gillette
1899

This copy: $500.00

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Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Cross Creek Cookery
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1942

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The Modern Cook Book by Mrs. T.J. Kirkpatrick
The Modern Cook Book
Mrs. T.J. Kirkpatrick
1901

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