Monday, January 23, 2012

Rumford Complete Cook Book


At the library last week, as usual, I had to peruse the offerings in the ongoing book sale. I'm a fool for old books...

Of course I don't need another cookbook -- but I was seduced by the hand-written recipes...
A good pickle recipe is always worth having...
And I love the way she added to it...
Banana pudding is an staggeringly popular dessert in my neck of the woods but not one that I like very much. Even topped with meringue, the way lots of folks fix it.
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20 comments:

Ms. A said...

That was at the library? Looks like something that would be passed down in the family, like a treasured keepsake.

JudyB said...

Aren't library sales fun? Somehow, something always comes home with you.

Banana pudding is one of my favorites. Of course it tasted much better way back when my grandmother made it for me.

June said...

One of my cousins put together a binder full of our grandmother's recipes. Some are typed on her old (huge) manual typewriter, some are from other people and written in their hands or cut from magazines or newspapers. The best are the ones in her own handwriting, with the references like, "butter the size of a hazelnut."

Brian Miller said...

interesting on the notes and revisions that is pretty cool...you can tell a lot about a person by their cookbook....

Kath said...

What a treasure! Among the things I was happiest to inherit were my mother's decades old cookbooks, and the handwritten recipe cards.

A window to the past.

Barbara Rogers, Potter said...

Very lovely cook antique book! I'm reminding how one of my preparations for "married life" (Hope Chest?) as an early teen was to type onto index cards recipes I imagined I would like from my mom's books. I copied a good dozen cookie recipes (untried) that just sounded good. When I ended up trying them, I finally made remarks on the cards. I keep them in a recipe card binder now rather than a box.

Mel said...

I love old cook books, especially the written in ones - I can never resist them at used book sales. You found a treasure. I'm not a fan of banana pudding either, but that first fruit cake recipe looks very interesting!

Jill said...

Wow! What a great find.

Deanna said...

Meringue belongs on lemon pies, not banana pudding!

One of my most treasured posessions are the handwritten recipes of both my mom and mother-in-law. It's kind of sad that they ended up in a library. I'm glad you rescued them.

Oh, and for the record.. I, too, hate shopping! But I'll do just about anything to create a grand memory ;)

Janet, said...

I would have bought that book, too. I love old cookbooks and banana pudding isn't too bad either.

Friko said...

How could you possibly NOT have bought the book and its loose-leaf recipes.

IMPOSSIBLE.

NCmountainwoman said...

I love old books as well, especially when they have hand-written notes in them.

I'm not much for banana pudding either but my mother made it every single Sunday. Since coming back to NC, I see it in every deli around.

Star said...

Like you, I love old books. I don't have many cookery books, strangely enough because I love cooking. These days I pinch other people's! or I go on the internet if I want to make something different. However, last week I was tempted by a Cookie recipe book. It came complete with some pretty cutters so I treated myself and Larry too when the first lot came out of the oven.

BermySwag said...

Great book, amazing condition.

How could you possibly find that at a library?

Vicki Lane said...

I was surprised to see it in the book sale -- they don't usually have old books.

June -- that sounds like a terrific idea!

Barbara -- In a fit of domesticity, I did the exact same thing before I got married-- never used a lot of those recipes. But I also got my grandmother to write down a lot of my favorites -- those I'm still using.

chiccoreal said...

Dear Vicki: I bet she was a pinch cook (a pinch of this and a pinch of that). Either that or she decided to write down her treasured family recipes. I can imagine that someone in the family wanted these recipes and a request required that she write down this information. I'd buy the book if just for the name "RUM"ford.

Brenda said...

I love old books and banana puddin' both! I had to put myself on "old book restriction" awhile back because my collecting got kind of ridiculous. My first thought when I saw this old cookbook was of sadness for the family member that didn't get this. I wonder how it ended up in a library sale. A few years back I put together a cookbook with handwritten notes, recipes, and stories from relatives - things that had been given to me over the years. I worked on this while recovering from surgery, and now am so glad I did. I treasure it, and hope that it will end up with a family member one day - and NOT at a library sale.

Southwest Arkie said...

Wow- that is super cool! I'm glad you snatched that up- what a treasure.

Vagabonde said...

I go to library book sales and other book sales and like you often fall for old cookbooks. I also go to “estate sales” and will start with the kitchen where usually I’ll find old cookbooks and recipe boxes. It’s fun to read them. I have some from the early 1900s with very strange recipes.
In the last sale I found two Julia Childs, first edition, in pristine condition – my daughter was overjoyed when I gave them to her. Your cookbook looks like a winner in the category.

Suz said...

again, be still..my heart
I would have wrestled you to the ground for this one Vicki