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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,974 ratings  ·  71 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, Facsimile edition, 416 pages
Published October 26th 1998 by Betty Crocker (first published January 1st 1950)
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Amy-Beth There is a drum cake (pg. 96) in the Betty Crocker Party Book (It's cover is orange and it's a 1960's reproduction) It calls for maraschino cherries a…moreThere is a drum cake (pg. 96) in the Betty Crocker Party Book (It's cover is orange and it's a 1960's reproduction) It calls for maraschino cherries and peppermint sticks as decorations and the page has an illustration of three soldiers holding flags but no tin soldier cake recipe.. The page is dedicated to July 4th party recipes. Hope that helps. :)(less)
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Jan 12, 2014 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
Jul 19, 2009 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
Jan 16, 2009 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
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
This is my all-time favorite cookbook! My copy is the original 1950 edition, not the reprint, and it is well worn and well loved! The recipes are wonderful and are timeless. I especially enjoy looking at all the vintage photos and illustrations! Of course, nobody worried so much about sodium and cholesterol back in 1950, they simply focused on really good food...those were truly the good old days! YUM!!!
J. Boo
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have the second edition from 1956, which we got at our ninety-year-old neighbor's moving sale. She used it a lot (there's a little note in pencil on the frontispiece that says "I used this book to feed my family"), and so have we. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, results generally very good. ...more
Aug 02, 2012 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
Aug 16, 2011 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 linge ...more
Feb 17, 2009 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 make yo
T Hill
Aug 30, 2010 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 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.
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. ...more
May 12, 2010 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. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 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. ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, favorites
I have my mom's copy. Every page brings back memories ...more
Nov 27, 2012 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.
Patrick Henry
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite cookbooks. Come for the pre-microwave recipes, stay for the hilariously sexist anecdotes sprinkled throughout the text. The illustrations are charming 1950's style two tone affairs, showing exactly what to do with innocent clarity. Every once in awhile a wonderful pastel photo of delicious confections will pop up as you look for something.

I love the Swedish Tea Ring recipe, the "key recipe" potato salad (still my standard whenever I make it.) and the golden cake. I firmly beli
Ally Goulet
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a millennial that’s been cooking and baking for two decades I’ve learned so much from this cookbook! What a wonderful little treasure. The pictures evoke so much nostalgia and the recipes are detailed and easy to follow. The amount of information crammed into this cookbook is amazing. While some of the recipes listed are not overly appealing, there are so many basic cake, pastry and dinner recipes to get ideas from. I recommend this book if you’re looking for thorough, not overly complicated ...more
Claire Spencer
My Grandma gave me this cookbook so I loved it even before I looked at the recipes. That being said, I love this cookbook even more now that I have looked through the whole thing.
All the recipes I've made so far have been delicious. There's a huge variety to choose from and there are a lot of family style/home cooked kind of recipes.
Great traditional cookbook to have around, I definitely recommend it!
Jean MacLeod
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery
I owned a copy of this book in the '60s and gave it away when we moved across the country. When I came across a pristine copy at the Library sale, it was like contacting an old friend. Naturally, I had to buy it. It's now taken up residence with my other treasured cookbooks. ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. A lot of the recipes are still good, while others are a great glimpse at the time period. I also love a lot of the none recipe information about being a good house wife and hostess. Despite the obvious sexism I believe a lot of the advice is still pretty solid.
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, owned, food
Well this is an interesting cookbook, there are quite a few recipes where I don't even want to be NEAR it, it looks so gross, but some are really fun and things I cook myself today! It's a cute addition if you love mid-century things! ...more
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have had so much fun with this book. I actually have the snap ring volume. So few cookbooks make a big splash right off the bat. Along with the B.C. pie cover edition that I've had since childhood, I highly recommend reading from cover to cover. ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good love the recipes
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another classic cookbook your mother or grandmother had. A must for your collection.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a hilarious distraction from the pandemic.
Jun 24, 2011 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
Oct 06, 2013 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
Eliza Noel
Mar 29, 2015 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 06, 2009 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
Susan Howson
Aug 05, 2007 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! ...more
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