Recipes for Vintage Books and Magazines

Another Side of 1975

January 1, 2018

From the same issue as that tangerine croquembouche, here are some more appealing (to me at least) suggestions. The article is called “European Entree Pies” and there are some very interesting recipes here….


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Vintage Popcorn to Welcome the New Year

December 31, 2017

Everything old is new again. If you think flavored popcorn is a modern invention, take a look at this article from Gourmet, circa 1984.  That Cheddar Bacon version could not be more au courant – although you might want to substitute Sriracha for the Tabasco in the pepper version.

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New Year’s Buffet, Pig Head Included

December 30, 2017

This menu, from Gourmet’s January 1975 issue, is one of those stunning artifacts that tells you how much things have changed.

For one thing, it’s hard to imagine any mainstream magazine starting a recipe with “halve your butcher halve a pig’s head.”  For another, what contemporary cook would think stuffing Brussels sprouts was a good idea?  This menu also ends with one of the most absurd-looking deserts I’ve ever seen. Every time I look at it I laugh.

The ham crescents, on the other hand, seem like a good idea. And if you use frozen puff pastry, they’re a piece of cake.

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This Trifle is No Trifle

December 29, 2017

It’s cold. So cold.  What better way to while away a bit of time than leafing through old issues of Gourmet?

Came upon this trifle in the December, 1983 issue.  Trifles aren’t supposed to be complicated but this one is a serious project. Perfect, in fact, for a day like today.

To my surprise I also came upon a recipe request from one of my mother’s best friends. Lucy lived up the street from us, and I loved going to her house for dinner; she was a fantastic cook. I should have known she subscribed to Gourmet.

And finally, an irresistible ad. If only I’d had the money, back in 1983, to attend one of Marcella’s classes!

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This Ad Actually Ran in Gourmet in 1971!

November 20, 2017

My mother loved her Salton Hotray – she even had one on wheels – which is what made me stop and read this ad.  Let me just say…. no comment.

In the same December issue, there was also this rather delicious meal: Roast Goose, Braised Lettuce, Cherry Savarin.  Sounds like a perfect alternative Thanksgiving.


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