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Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...What do you like to do when the weather is SO cold and you can’t get outdoors? I know a lot of you have had below freezing temperatures. Here in Atlanta we have had single digit temps with a windchill just under freezing. We have had record lows quite a few times this season.

On days like these I love to look through my cookbooks. God forbid I took the time to pick up a rag and dust something or push around the vacuum 🙂 I usually take out my vintage cookbooks and get lost in the pages of history. Most of my cookbooks were inherited which makes them all the more special to me.

The first inherited books I received belonged to my great-great Aunt Julia. I received these treasures when I was 15 years old.

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks... Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...An extra bonus…a handwritten recipe for “dressing” was hidden in this book.

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...


Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...I must admit – these recipes kind of grossed me out.  There are 12 recipes for “hearts” in this book.

And then, I laughed out loud when I got to this page:

IMG_4927How many waitresses do you have serving at your luncheon? It feels a little like Downton Abbey 

My mother gave me most of the other cookbooks. A few years ago Mom gave Jennifer a brand new copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. At the same time she gifted me her 1950’s copy of the same cookbook.

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...As you can see it was well used and greatly loved. My mother knew how much I loved and treasured this cookbook…I learned to first cook from recipes in this book.  Pages are tattered, stained and falling out of the binder clips…it doesn’t matter to me. This is one of the most special gifts I have ever received. The pages are filled with warm memories…the Peanut Butter cookies were the first thing I ever baked by myself when I was nine-years-old.

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...When I was ten-years-old I was allowed to start cooking “hot” food. and I wanted to make beef stew. Not exciting but it’s what I wanted to cook 

Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...

You can see by this photo that my family are big fans of Betty Crocker 🙂



Collection of inherited vintage cookbooks...This is just a sampling. Most of these are Betty Crocker cookbooks from the 1950's and 1960's

I recently discovered that there is a market for vintage cookbooks. One site that caught my eye was The Heirloom Collection in Charleston, South Carolina.  I was thrilled to see my yellow and blue cookbook, above, for sale on their site 

This is just a few of my favorite vintage cookbooks. Each time I visit one, I discover something new and I am transported to another wonderful memory.

Do you have any vintage or family cookbooks?



Jenn and Vicki

Hey there…we are Vicki and Jennifer – a mother/daughter team from Atlanta, GA that has a passion for decorating home interiors. We love to thrift, junk, paint, repurpose and DIY. Not to mention travel, and shop for clothing and accessories. Follow us as we transform our finds, homes, recipe and lives. Here’s more detail about us:


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What is your decorating style?

I would say it is Vintage Traditional. I definitely like furniture that is classic, but I also love to mix it up with worn, well-loved pieces and colorful items.

Favorite color – I love turquoise –it pairs with practically every color.

Your “special beverage” of choice – my go-to drink is Grey Goose vodka, cranberry and a twist of lime. Preferably by the water…with fun friends and family.

Favorite Southern food – it would have to hands down be my mother’s fried pork chop, mac and cheese and okra, not necessarily served at the same meal.

Ultimate vacation destination – I really love to travel! My favorite trip, so far, is Italy. I would go back to the village of Trani. My husband’s maternal grandfather was from this town. It is picturesque and located on the Adriatic Sea.

Favorite TV shows – This list could get long. I love almost everything HGTV, especially House Hunters International. Top Chef, Master Chef, Project Runway, Modern Family, Major Crimes, Downton Abbey and Amazing Race. New favorite: Fixer Upper. Old fave: Little House on the Prairie. Pa can still make me cry.

Books/Magazines you can’t put down – I have lost count of how many times I have read, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Magazine favorites obviously must end with “Living”: Southern Living, Country Living, Coastal Living and still mourning the loss of Cottage Living.

Most treasured heirloom – My most treasured items are my family cookbooks and recipes and vintage family photos.

I have some of my mother’s cookbooks as well as cookbooks from a great-great aunt. I have many special recipes from my grandpa and grandma that I treasure dearly.

I can’t get enough of vintage photos of my family. Ever since I was little I have always rummaged through my parents and grandparents albums, photo drawers and boxes. I just loved staring into the faces of my ancestors – wondering who I looked like and what their lives must have been like.


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What is your decorating style?

Eclectic for sure! I love vintage and classic styles, but I also really love industrial elements as well.

Favorite color –  This is a hard one because I have so many, but I love grays and blues.

Your “special beverage” of choice – Whiskey and ginger or a fresh margarita by the pool.

Favorite Southern food –  I love fried chicken, my mom’s mashed potatoes, and my aunts deviled eggs. I also love a good home baked apple pie (or really anything sweet)!

Ultimate vacation destination – Like my mother I absolutely love to travel! Some of my favorite places I have visited are Capri, Italy; Nice, France; and Killarney, Ireland.

Favorite TV shows – This list could go on for a while, but some of my favorites are Chopped, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars (guilty pleasure), House Hunters, Master Chef, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, Greys Anatomy (yes, I still watch this show) & Downton Abbey.

Books/Magazines you can’t put down – “East of Eden” is one of my all time favorites…more recently I’ve really enjoyed “Divergent”.  Luckily for Christmas each year my mom gets me subscriptions to Southern Living, Country Living, and HGTV, which I love!

Most treasured heirloom – This would be a cameo that has been passed down in my family for generations.  My grandma gave it to me when I graduated from college and it is something I will always cherish.

I also have a locket that was once my grandma’s and I wear it any chance I can get. It helps to remind me that she’s always with me.

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I have never, ever, used a cookbook. I am a free lance cook.

I experiment with my cooking, whatever I feel like having at any given moment is what I do, and probably it is pretty eclectic, since I have a very eclectic taste. I like mixing things that no one else has thought of before.

And it is a great joy, for me, when I taste and like the end result, which is usually the case, since it was my own invention.


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