Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, Facsimile Edition
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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, Facsimile Edition

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,129 ratings  ·  49 reviews
It's the book that started it all, the well-loved edition that first bought Betty Crocker cookbooks into American homes and hearts. Published in 1950, this ground-breaking title made cooking easy, it made cooking appealing, and best of all, it made cooking fun. Packed full of practical tips, useful hints, and lavish color photography, this was the book that shaped cooking...more
Spiral-bound, 456 pages
Published October 26th 1998 by Betty Crocker (first published January 1st 1950)
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Edgar
I've been trying to make gluten free cakes and have had little success until recently when we came across these really old recipes online that seemed to work well with rice flour. The recipes were from the old Betty Crocker's 1950 edition cookbook before they changed all of the recipes to make them "healthy." I would suggest to anyone that likes to really cook to get this reproduction of the 1950 edition of the Betty Crocker's cookbook. Have you ever wondered why the current recipes in the newes...more
Alicia
My favorite go-to cookbook. I grew up with my mom's 1970's version and found it the best cookbook. I went online and my choices were the 1950's throwback cookbook (this one), or a new "updated" one published only a year or two ago. After reading reviews, I opted for the classic version. The popover recipe is the best I've tried. I love the tips and hints throughout the book. And of course, the old-fashioned photos and drawings are awesome. The only disappointment about the 1950's version is the...more
Raquel
A wonderful little time capsule into the kitchens of the 1950s. Granted some recipes are weird. Like salad in jello, rice rings, cream cheese & anchovy appetizers, sandwich cheese loafs, etc. However, a lot of them are basic American classics. The structuring of the recipes takes some getting used to if you are not familiar with cookbooks like these. The book is very charming with it's trivia, history, cartoons, rhymes, songs, tips and reminders. It's fun to flip through quickly or to just l...more
Emily
Every kitchen needs this book, it is a classic. My grandmother gave me a copy as a Christmas gift one year...she said she loved this book and wanted me to have a copy also. Oh grandmother you were so right - some of the best biscuits I have ever made came courtesy of this book!

I love the fact that it is so retro too, the pictures crack me up along with some of the content (oh the 50's you were so funny with your woman in the house & no where else attitude). The retro feel of it also will mak...more
Meltha
If you own no other cook book, get this one. My grandmother used it. Every single thing I have ever tried in it has turned out perfectly, and there's a thousand variations on the basic recipes. The cottage pudding, scones, and black midnight cake in particular are wonderful. Granted, there's some fun to be had with the section at the back on how housewives can combat fatigue and doldrums by fantasizing about going out on the town waltzing or lying prone for a while on the kitchen floor, but it's...more
T Hill
This is my favorite cookbook and the one that I learned to cook from. I've got my mom's 1956 copy now and still use it. I love the little comments about who provided the recipe and serving suggestions and have been known to treat this cookbook like a collection of short stories reading it cover to cover. It is a great cookbook and the recipes are simple and easy to follow. If you think that scratch cooking is too much work using this book may change your mind.

Ginnie
This is my favorite cookbook because it is such a classic, it is so nostalgic, and it has awesome memories that are attached to it. Both of my grandmothers used it, and one of them gave it to us.

Great information in the front, menu ideas, great pictures.

Favorite recipes from it:
-the Biscuit recipe. I have it memorized.
-Deluxe Gingerbread
-Brownies
-Texas Rice
-Peach cobbler
and so much more.
Denae
A re-publication of the original Betty Crocker cookbook. When I was growing up, this was one of two Betty Crocker cookbooks to which we always turned. Most of our recipes for pies and cakes are from here. I love the concept of key recipes followed by all of the variations. I definitely should pull this out more often to try new things.
Sara
Okay, I have not actually READ this entire cookbook. I have the original from 1950. But I have looked through it. I love it! I love these old cookbooks. I received my copy from a friend of my mom's who presumably bought it new.
Rosemary
I so enjoyed giving Holly a new copy of this classic - totally '50s with very few vegetable recipes and lots of CAKE! I taught myself to bake with this book as a teenager and still have my mother's original copy.
Luisa
Dec 01, 2012 Luisa added it
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Becky
Loving the classic recipes. The appetizer suggestions alone make me want to throw a 1950's cocktail party. On a different note, I was struck by the section at the end, about how a housewife ought to take care of herself, BECAUSE "If you're tired from overwork /Household chores you're bound to shirk." (!!!) Don't wear yourself out, ladies, because then who will clean and cook? And this helpful hint: "If you feel tired, lie down on the floor on your back, put your hands over your head, close your...more
Mell
This reproduction is the same version of the Betty Crocker Cookbook that my grandmother had, so my mom and I are happy to have access to many of the recipes that she used. I especially like the baking section- there are complex, fancy cakes that most modern cookbooks don't include anymore. (Ex: The Lord Baltimore, which I have not yet tried.) Charlotte desserts and meat (or vegetable) aspics, which seem to have fallen out of fashion, are also included.

Because this cookbook is older, don't expect...more
Etherealfire
I wanted a copy of this cookbook my entire adult life - ever since I left home and had to leave mom's treasured old book behind I've coveted it. One Christmas (a few years ago now - I don't remember when this came out) I was finally gifted this facsimile edition and as far as I can tell, this is the very same book. With the delicious Caramel (Burnt Sugar) Cake and Caramel Icing (on page 130). The only birthday cake I ever really want to have! This cookbook is one of my prized possessions, not on...more
Ram
Awesome cookbook. That amalgam of hundreds of "typical" American women really knows its stuff around the kitchen, tell you what! And here my wife and I are not even as good at cooking as some goddamn amalgam!!

Get the 1950 version of this, then try to figure out what a "hot oven" is, as opposed to a "medium" or "very hot" oven. Burn yourself with a flat iron -- was it "hot," "very hot," or "OhjesusmaryandjosephwhydidyouDOthat?!?!" Hmm?

Also, who uses cakes of yeast nowadays? Germans?

Overall, two t...more
Rose Ann
Sep 24, 2009 Rose Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Rose Ann by: My mother
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The best cookbook ever published anywhere. Love it love it love it! My mother had this cookbook and it was a tattered stained mess but I learned how to cook from it. The pictures, the little editorial notes -- like a trip back to childhood's happy hours. And I still use it! Every week! (Thankfully my sister gave me, as a gift, a brand-new facsimile copy of the original.)
Caroline
This is more than a great retro cookbook. The 1950 edition is a treasure chest of recipes that even those of us who grew up in the 1970s will recognize from our mothers' kitchens. The desserts and breads are especially tasty. Some main dishes may need an extra bit of seasoning for today's tastes--but an equal number are classic comfort foods that will remind most of us of Mom.
Ginnie Grant
These are easy to make recipes for real families, with stunning pictures. though it is supposedly "dated" with all the food trends lately, I still found it relevevant
Susan Howson
Aug 05, 2007 Susan Howson rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those interested in cooking history
Shelves: cookbooks
I mean, don't get this book because you want a bunch of useful recipes, get it to laugh at the Fifties and to feel relief that you no longer have to make a man a ham in order to assure your financial future. (I have used a bunch of pie recipes from here, actually, and they've all turned out great.) Just get it. Get it!
Annette
I grew up with this cookbook in my mother's kitchen and always poured over the illustrations and tidbits on creating a lovely home. I was lucky enough to stumble upon an old edition years ago and snatched it up. The recipes are still good ( most of them.) I don't think I will ever make Kix chicken, but you never know.
Maureen
This is a reprint of the original 1950's cookbook. My mom wore her original copy out. I purchased a copy of the reprint version for everyone in the family a few years ago. It is a piece of history with information that is valid today.
Audra
For simple, post-war cooking, this book can't be beat. There really isn't anything fancy in here but if you want to know how to make pineapple upside down cake or a pork roast, Betty's your man.
angrykitty
ok....so this is really a totally worthless cookbook as far as practical use goes these days. but it's totally 5 star as far as old school factor goes.
Colette
As far as Betty goes, this has a lot of key recipes for really basic, classic American dishes. Highly recommended for the recipes, less so for the misogyny.
Jessica
Mar 11, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Aenea, Gennipher
Shelves: cook-books
This is the best cook book! I love the simplistic recipes and old school favorites! This book is an essential for the lovers of true scratch cooking!
Holly
This is the cookbook of my youth. My mother says it taught her how to cook. I love that is has key recipes and variations on those key recipes.
Lisa Manning
I have 2 copies of the original 3-ring binder cook books. I absolutely love this book. This is my go to book for how-to.
Thanks, Betty Crocker
gina
This and the Betty crocker Cookbook are two of my go to books. They have a lot of useful info and a lot of good basic recipes you can adapt.
Sandy
Have the old copy that my mom got as a shower gift. Still can find some good recipes in it. My favorite Spritz are in here.
Nancy
My old edition is literally falling apart--I've used it since I was a teenager. It's a faithful standby in my kitchen.
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