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Vintage Book Shelf :: the Fun to Cook Book!


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This is the cutest little kiddo cook book ever. Easy peasy recipes and the BEST little spot illustrations throughout. I mean, two words: harlequin pants. OH YEAH.

Aren’t they amazing?? Uh oh….here she is again!

So amazing!I love cook books, don’t you??

Compiled by Margie Blake. Carnation Company. 1955. Reprinted in 1964. And then 1978. And even the 80s. Who can blame ’em!

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  1. jenny says

    THAT.is the cutest damn cook book I’ve ever laid eyes on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the illustrations (and yes, those harlequin pants!!!) but also, the darling little recipes!

    • Alix says

      Wait, do you not have this?? How can that be!! I might have an extra, if I do I’ll send it to you, my fellow book lover!

  2. Dottie says

    I featured that book in a Retro Round Up last year–man—I wish I bought it now because it is so darn cute! FIE!

    Oh, but here is a version right now! http://www.etsy.com/listing/82995328/fun-how-to-cook-vintage-childrens?ref=sr_gallery_55&ga_search_query=children%27s+cookbook&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=vintage

    • Alix says

      yes that’s right! i have a couple of kid’s cook books and I remember when I saw that it reminded me and i thought “Why don’t I ever put these in the Vintage Bookshelf??”

  3. jess judkins says

    That book is soooo cute! I love colorful old children’s books. Why were the books prettier 20+ years ago

  4. ashley says

    I love this book, it’s been a favorite of mine on etsy for quite some time. VintageJane is selling it for anyone who’s interested. Such cute graphics. If my kiddo had any interest in eating anything, I’d nab it for myself.

  5. Carrie says

    ZOMG! I HAD that book! I don’t know if I actually cooked any recipes from it, but I remember the pictures so well. LOVE it!

  6. Cindy Eggleston says

    I was at our local library book sale today and had a blast from the way past when I came across this Fun to Cook book, I couldn’t believe it! I remember like it was yesterday my sister and I cooking from it when we were little, we’re 56 and 59 now. I loved that book! I bought it to send to my sister for Christmas as a joke. Now I’d like to find one for myself. It’s just so darn cute!

  7. Blair K. says

    Oh my! I had that book too! As I look at the pages, all those recipes come back to me! Takes me right back to the 1950s, which I’m trying to recapture through vintage ethnic cookbooks.

  8. Joy A says

    I loved this cook book when I was a kid. My older sister and I would make the pies. In fact, I am going to make the “Orange Pie” this coming Wednesday for a pot-luck luncheon. Would you believe that I am almost 62 and still use this children’s cook book?

  9. Beatrice says

    Oh my goodness I had this book and in mine I accidentally spilled cocoa on the page entitled “Supper Cocoa” I made as a treat one day for my mother, father, and two younger sisters!

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