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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, Facsimile Edition

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  2,210 Ratings  ·  59 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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Jul 19, 2009 Edgar rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2011 Raquel rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
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
Jan 16, 2009 Meltha rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2011 Ginnie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cooking
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
-Texas Rice
-Peach cobbler
and so much more.
T Hill
Aug 30, 2010 T Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, cookbook
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.

Nov 13, 2011 Denae rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
May 12, 2010 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 14, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
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.
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Aug 04, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2016 Mell rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking-food
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
Mar 29, 2015 Eliza rated it it was amazing
This cook book is full of wonderful cooking, baking, and hospitality tips. Some of the things you learn from it may be a little bit old fashioned, because it was originally published in 1950, but there are still a lot of great things to learn from it. One of things you need to know as you read this book is that some of the recipes include uncooked eggs, which in that case you just need to figure out a way to cook the eggs first. My mom used the recipe Texas Hash from this cook book and it was re ...more
Jan 12, 2014 etherealfire rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2009 Ram rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, cookbook
This is a wonderful basic cookbook. I love the time capsule that it is. All of that aside, I haven't tried a single recipe from it that didn't work out. My buttermilk pancakes are straight from here. I also learned some good kitchen techniques like using towels in the oven to help keep food warm for serving. There are some interesting I learned what deviled ham was.
Jul 23, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Rose Ann
Sep 24, 2009 Rose Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Rose Ann by: My mother
Shelves: cookbooks
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.)
Susan Howson
Aug 05, 2007 Susan Howson rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 11, 2016 Book rated it it was amazing
I have the 1950's edition and it's fantastic, with vintage photos and cute line drawings as well. This cookbook has very easy to follow recipes for making all sorts of dishes. My favorite section is the "Cookies" one: it's loaded with recipes (some quite unique) and tips on baking.
Jan 14, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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.
Mar 11, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 14, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
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.
Mary Jo
Jan 09, 2015 Mary Jo rated it it was amazing
This is one of the Cookbook's I have purchased for each of my children. I feel it is a must have in your kitchen!!
Jul 11, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, reference, cookbooks
My old edition is literally falling apart--I've used it since I was a teenager. It's a faithful standby in my kitchen.
Nov 27, 2012 gina rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 22, 2008 T60n3 rated it really liked it
It's a really good resource regarding math and cooking (ie. how long and what temperatures to cook what charts).
Lisa Manning
Apr 11, 2013 Lisa Manning rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
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
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