What's your favorite part of the Holidays?

With the upcoming holidays and everyone thinking about heritage and history, are there any very special recipes you could share from your past? Please comment with any recipes or memories you and your family hold dear. My favorite part of Christmas is staying up SUPER late with my hubby on Christmas eve getting everything ready while devouring cookies:) Just playing the part of Santa exceptionally well!

1909 The Good Housekeeping Woman's Home Cookbook by Isabel Gordon Curtis

Isabel Gordon Curtis is one of my absolute favorite cookbook authors and this cookbook is an example of why. Her recipes are simple, classic and easy to follow. The history that sorrounds her makes her seem spunky yet classic, I love that. She came to America all the way from Scotland and in her lifetime she had quite a few very popular magazine editing jobs under her belt, Collier's Weekly, the Delineator and Success Magazine being just a few. While getting her start in the highly competitve magazine field she used to say that "No wider experience can be gained than in answering the questions that come from housekeepers to a home magazine. In learning how to solve problems for other people, you absorb a multiplicity of knowledge that cannot be achieved in one home." So combining a special lady like Curtis and a big name like Good Houskeeping, they made cookbook history.
This peticular cookbook was promoted as being the first to come out with the new slender size to help the housewife with it's space saving design, it also has blank sheets for notes on every other page. Good Housekeeping also prided itsef on it's recipes being tested by not only Curtis but company paid testers and it's magazine subscribers as well. It's a great example of one of Good Housekeeping's ideals as a company, to try and make housekeeping more efficient and buisness-like to take some of the stress out of running a house in the early 1900's. A true original and very special antique cookbook to collectors.

Looking for a lost Cookbook?

Have you lost or become seperated from your most beloved and favoritest cookbook? We all have our favorites and the memories that come with them. Losing them can be devasting especially wth the upcoming holidays fast aproaching. I'd love to help with hunt and also help another cookbook lover, so please feel free to comment below with as much information about your cookbook as you can and myself and maybe a fellow cookbook fan or two (and all of our combined resources) will put the word out and hopefully reunite you with your cookbook faster!
Vintage Cookbooks are for everyone who has ever wanted to bake something special and turned to a modern cookbook and realized they never seem to have all the ingredients at the same time, there're for history lovers that want to feel connected to the past in a way that's missing in history books, there're for the people that love that musty old book smell and laugh at kindle's, they're for people that feel like we as a society have gone a little too far, a tad off course with life and want to get back to the simple and the real, and they're for the people that want to pay homage to all the grandma's and great aunts that did it best!

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