Friday, May 29, 2009

PhotoHunt: Books


The PhotoHunt theme this week is "Book(s)"

The natural choice for this theme is our cookbook collection. These are just a couple of small sections - I couldn't stand far back enough to get the whole thing in one frame. :-) At last count there are just over 200.

Most of our cookbooks are practical: cooking, baking, various ethnic (particularly Indian) cuisines... but I got this one for it's historical value and reference : the 1924 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, by none other than the original Miss Fannie Farmer:

It has loads of fabulous recipes like, umm... "Sweetbreads and Celery Salad".... yuck! But the real fun is the advertising pages in the back of the book. I've chosen just a couple to show you what "state of the art" meant in 1924:


Many of these companies are still in business today, so it's kind of neat to compare then and now... Please click on the images to read them better, if you like!

Happy Weekend!

(Mr. Linky isn't functioning, so please be sure to leave a link to your post so I can find you easier when I come to visit!)

49 comments:

Daisy said...

I see you have lots of books, too! Only we hardly have any cookbooks. On account of my Mommie usually only cooks in the microwave.

jams o donnell said...

Wow that is quite a collection! I think I'll be passign on sweetbreads and celery too! Great take on the theme

Willa said...

i can absolutely spend more than a day in your library!!! I love reading books!!!

Pretty Life Online said...

Perfect catch, nice one for the theme... The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it... Mine's up hope you can drop by. Have a great weekend!

Upcountrysmiles said...

Aloha!!

Excellent choice of pictures for this week's PH theme. Wow--cookbooks galore!!

http://upcountrysmiles.com
Cindy O

ancient one said...

I'm assuming you are a great cook... I might have 8 cookbooks that I very seldom use... LOL I love old books, though... Great post for the theme this week!

YTSL said...

Wow, someone sure loves to cook!!! :O

(I, OTOH, have ZERO cook books... you do the math about my cooking abilities from there! ;b)

Carver said...

I love looking at other people's books. Fun seeing some of the books you have on your shelves.

Annie said...

What a great collection. I love cookbooks but don't have near that many. The old ads are a hoot!

julie said...

Quite a collection of cookbooks which makes me wonder what kind of spread you have on your table :D

gengen said...

wow what a library so many books. Nice choice for the theme. Happy weekend. MIne is up too.

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my word. I thought I had a ton of cookbooks. I have about 40.
love your choice for the theme.
have a happy weekend.

Aileni said...

That is lot of cooking.

Colin Campbell said...

Nice. Most of our books are still in boxes from our move. One day....

witsandnuts said...

You've got nice selections. And I love having/flipping the pages of old books. =)

The Social Frog said...

Wow, that is a lot of cook books but I'd like to have a collection like that. I have many on breads and crock pot cooking but no where near the amount you have!

archiearchive said...

That is a lot of cook books - so many recipes - yummm

Mai said...

wow! those are cool. I'd love to have a cookbook collection too.

happy hunting! Mine's up here.

azahar said...

Wow, what a lot of cookbooks! Cool.

Eds said...

Oh my! So many books! I would really love to have as many books like yours and have my own library as well.. :)

Mine little one is here:
http://edsmommylife.com/?p=1099

Mariposa said...

Cool books! Cooking sure is fun!
Happy weekends! :)

EastCoastLife said...

I have lots of cookbooks too! Probably around 400. I'm passing them to my son who's training to be a chef. :)

Liz said...

What a lot of cookbooks!

And great adverts.

stan said...

the archives of cookbooks - I'm sure the recipes are priceless now!

bbsgirl said...

wow, a library full of cookbooks! I posted too.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my....over 200? You must like to cook...or like to collect.

Mine this week is my high school year book with me...LOL

Happy weekend.

Bim said...

Great adverts :)

MJ said...

Hey there I'm glad to be back....I'm cooking books too.
Great collection you have there...my mouth is watering.

http://mareejaeger.blogspot.com/2009/05/photo-hunter-books.html

just jody said...

wow........three of my favorite things....reading,eating, and antiques! your collection makes mine seem paltry. nice job.

luna miranda said...

wow, that's a lot of cookbooks!

Tara R. said...

How fun! All those cookbooks, that is wonderful.

My post is up here:
PhotoHunt ~ If Mom Says OK

June said...

Looks like a fantastic collection!

magiceye said...

wonderful collection!

upto6only said...

nice collection you got there.

Mominin said...

Wow...that's a lot of cook books! You must be a great cook!

bing said...

over 200? that's a lot for cookbook. i only have one thick cookbook and i have not tried all the recipes there!

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Wow, that's a lot of cookbooks! Do you have recipes that you use out of each of them? Love the ads!

Stop by at http://likearose-deb.blogspot.com/2009/05/photo-hunt-book.html to see my books.

marta said...

That is a great collection of cookbooks. Mine is much smaller - maybe 25. But I love to see the old Fannie Farmer cookbook. I learned to cook with an old Rumsford Baking Powder cookbook from the 1920's. My Mother got it as a wedding gift and it was great. It had some of the best cakes and pies.

Have a great weekend.

Ria said...

thats a lot of cooking!!! i did kiddie books this week :-)hope you drop by!

Leslie said...

Great post for this week - loved seeing your cookbooks. :)

Photo Cache said...

wow, i so envy your collection.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Ooooo, my mouth is watering over all your cookbooks! I LOVE cookbooks and in fact I see in your collection some cookbooks that I have too! How fun. I love reading the older ones and I love paging through new ones too.

Great collection. I would love to spend some time looking through all your treasures.

Great post for our theme this week.

Bonggamom said...

What an amazing collection of cookbooks! Will you ever get to doing all the recipes in them :) ?

Alice Audrey said...

Holy fruits! You have a supply of cook books to be envied.

Isolated Existence. said...

Wow, that's a lot of books! I really enjoyed the last 3 shots. Nice to see how things have change. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend ;-)

srp said...

I see that GH Illustrated Cookbook... I have the same one.. actually I gave it to my daughter as she has started out on her own. And that kitchenaid mixer... oh my.. that would take up a good part of the kitchen!!
My books are up here.

Sunny Sweet Pea said...

Now that is a LOT of cookbooks.I missed this weeks photo hunt :(

2sweetnsaxy said...

That's a lot of cookbooks. I think the few I have is too many since I never open them. LOL! I love those old ads.

Mira said...

Wow what a huge collection, you can put up your own public library already! I love that old cookbook and the ad of KitchenAid. It's amazing how these counter mixers have evolved.

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