Recipes for Vintage Books and Magazines

Rich, Wonderful, Old Fashioned: A Potato Cake for the Ages

October 17, 2017

It was November 1977, long before every food magazine felt the need to put a turkey on its cover.  But this particular image strikes me as remarkable, even for the time. Can you imagine any American magazine going with this image right now?

This recipe is equally of another time.  But doesn’t it sound wonderful?

And here’s another small reminder of how much things have changed.

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Goa, Goa, Goa

October 5, 2017

From the October 1976 issue of Gourmet – a cover startlingly similar to the one the previous year – come these delectable coconut-based recipes from Madhur Jaffrey, writing about a visit to Goa.

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Chocolate Chinchilla and Other Delights

October 3, 2017

I recently got a note from a woman who is moving and cannot take her collection of Gourmet Magazines along.  She’s trying to give away her issues from 1970-1998 and has found no takers.  Any interest?  Reach out and I’ll connect you.

If an entire collection just seems like too much, here’s a small taste of intriguing recipes from the October 1974 issue.  I simply couldn’t resist the allure of something called “Chocolate Chinchilla.”


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Chowder is a Murder – and other great old recipes.

August 22, 2017

These recipes are all from the April, 1951 issue of Gourmet.  There’s something winning about each of them. For some it’s the casual way they’re written: I’m especially fond of the quahog cakes.  Some have seductive names: how can you resist a recipe called “lace pantycakes”? And some have adorable technique: simply insert a straw in the pomegranate and drink.

And isn’t it nice to be reminded, in this pomegranate-mad moment, that sixty-five years ago they were already on the menu?


Finally, an ad.  I actually have one of these: ten years ago Kitchen Aid brought them back.  If anyone knows how to use this machine so it doesn’t spit ground coffee all over the counter, I’d be grateful for advice.

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