I love old cookbooks, and in fact refuse to buy any commercial cookbooks that are published after 1964.
That's my arbitrary date, no reason for it, other than the fact that I accidentally bought two cookbooks, the New Good Housekeeping cookbook, both published in the same year, 1964. I had actually bought one and put it in storage when we moved, then I got the other one as a Christmas present. sigh. So I now have two.
I also love to collect 'collections', those cookbooks that are compilations, and roundups of recipes that local cooks share for fundraising cookbooks.
I've got several of them.
And they have the best recipes.
Ones that don't appear in 'commercial' cookbooks.
These are usually tried and true, family recipes, that have been honed and refined over time. And give you a glimpse into families, kinda like peeking in the window.
And every so often I hit the mother lode and find pamphlets like these.
The first one was put out by Pillsbury. They sponsored the Kate Smith hour, and were featuring Sno Sheen Cake Flour. Even back then they had mixes, but the cake recipes are all from 'scratch'.
See what I mean, lots of inspiration in this little pamphlet.
The other one I recently got was this one.
Favorite Recipes for Country Kitchens, put out in 1945 by General Mills.