I absolutely love digging through old cookbooks! The thrill of the hunt can only be topped, for me, by finding that copy that is unique and has a little historic tale to tell. I love a cookbook that looks like it was used every week and sat close-at-hand for frequent consultation. Unlike, collectors of most rare books, it makes me happy if there is some wear from everyday use, a little fraying and a binding that has some give is a real plus to me! The best that I can hope for, though, is if the vintage cookbook has the cook's hand-written notes... and I get really excited if there are quickly-jotted must-have recipes tucked inside (often, these have been scribbled on the back of an envelope or cocktail napkin!)
Recently, on a brief trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I found such a well-used book! It was sitting on a shelf in an antique consignment shop in Fort Worth, just waiting for me! I say it was fate-Hubby says it was Murphy's Law!
Today, I'm sharing pictures of my Junior League of Dallas Cookbook from 1935. From her notes, I'd say the cook made the popover recipe on page 139 very often. She also was partial to the Molded Caviar Egg Salad (ewww...). There was a menu for the week, her recipe for Orange Sponge Cake and a menu for an upcoming dinner party tucked in-between the pages of the book; The little details make me so happy! Hope you enjoy the pictures. Look closely! I've included the page with two recipes for Green Tomato Pickles!