Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Vintage Cookbooks - Return to Childhood
When I left the United States to come live in Britain I had to leave most of my belongings behind. I could only bring what I could pack in a few suitcases and take on the plane. I sold all my furniture and housewares, gave away most of my books and all of my kitchen equipment. I came over with just my clothes, some photos and a few handwritten recipes. I thought it would be hard to give up all of my possessions but it was easy. I had so much to look forward to, I didn't need to look back.
That was over ten years ago and I have long replaced most of the 'things' I left behind. There are a few items I now wish I could have brought with me because they remind me of my Mom and Dad and my childhood. Fortunately, I have found a replacement for one very precious item, a vintage 1950 Betty Crocker Cook Book.
This was the one and only cook book I remember my Mom owning when I was a child. It was stained and dogeared from use. We referred to it for making almost everything! My copy is a modern reprint but it is exactly like Mom's and I have spent hours pouring over it. I hope in the future to share some of the recipes with you, for now I am just reading and remembering.
I've enjoyed this old fashioned cook book so much that I am now making an effort to find vintage British 'Cookery Books'. Recently, I bought one printed in the 1970's. I am hoping that it contains some of the food that will spark childhood memories for Andy. I must ask Maggie, my English mum-in-law, what was her 'go to' cookery book. I need a copy of that one, too!
It's food for thought, you may think you are making a meal but you are really making memories!