|A very small sampling of my community cookbooks.|
For my fortieth birthday, my Mother gave me a box of forty community cookbooks that she had been buying off of eBay. Since then, I've been picking up more. I have no idea how many I have, and I probably don't really want to know.
The vintage cookbooks are interesting because a lot of times you see ingredients listed in the recipes that just aren't used today. One example is suet. Yes, suet. Suet Pudding, anyone? When I think of suet, I think of the stuff that you put out for the birds. Woodpeckers are particularly fond of it.
Sometimes the covers of these cookbooks have beautiful artwork. I have one cookbook put out by the First Congregational Church in Paxton, Massachusetts in 1980 that has a beautiful folk art cover.
|Cover illustration: A Scene of Paxton "When the Morning Stars Sang Together" by Judith Russell|
|Framed note card with artwork by Judith Russell|