A good recipe never dies. That coconut cream pie recipe from Grandma’s house 20 years ago is still as delicious now as it was then. When you pick up a vintage cookbook you’re picking up a piece of the past to prepare in the present. Ask any cook and they’ll tell you that a good recipe stands the test of time. Arguably so, some of the best recipes are those that are handed down generation after generation. Vintage cookbooks are a great resource to classic recipes and to learn about the past in a different way.
Even with the modernization and accessibility of recipes online from apps and websites, there’s still something to be said about actually having the hard copy. Cookbooks are still bestsellers for a reason and vintage cookbooks are no different.
Next time you’re at the markets be on the hunt for vintage cookbooks. Here’s how you can hunt for these treasures:
Get to know the vendors that sell them and if you’re looking for certain ones, speak with them about it. They'll be able to give you invaluable information and tips.
Decide What Your Purpose Is: are you going to be in the kitchen all weekend cooking up some classic recipes or do you just want to have the cookbooks on display? No matter what you choose, make it fun!
Decide on what type of cookbooks you're looking for: are you looking for baking, ethnic cooking, or a classic Betty Crocker cookbook? There are so many types of cookbooks so it’s good to know what you’re interested in and let that be your guide.
As always, you never know until you go. So don't be afraid to head to the markets and see what treasures you can find. See you at the markets!