Vintage Cooking Kitsch on eBay

Posted on Jun 30 2013 - 6:42am by RetroRuth

You guys know the Kool Kitsch on eBay posts that are done every week by the lovely Sara on my other blog, No Pattern Required? Well, I decided it was time to do a version of this for the Mid-Century Menu as well! I spend so much time on eBay and find so much amazing stuff every week that I just can’t afford to buy it all. Seriously. Tom is already in tears over all the stuff I DO buy.

But these things deserve a good home, so it is my duty to share them with vintage foodies like you who would appreciate them!

So, here it is: Vintage Cooking Goodies on eBay!

 1958 Don’s Secrets – Landry’s Louisiana Restaurant Recipes

Don's Secrets

Why I Want This: Who doesn’t want to know Don’s secrets?
Don's Crawfish Ranch

Now that I have seen him riding a giant crawfish, I want to know them even more!

 1937 Depression Era Lot of 35 A&P Menu Weekly Flyers


Why I Want This: “Different” and “unusual” 1930’s recipes combined with saucy black and white pictures intrigue me. The gentlemen “waking up” in the left hand corner is especially hilarious.

 Fritos Teen Tips Miss Teenage America 1961 Vintage Recipe Brochure

Fritos Tips To Teens

Why I Want This: I don’t know about you, but I really want to know what tips Fritos can give to teens. I bet they involve buying corn chips. A lot of them.

 Vintage Peanuts Texas Producers Cookbook

Peanut Cookbook

Why I Want This: There is a peanut gelatin mold on the cover. Or is it pudding? Either way, it has me intrigued.

 1961 7-UP SODA 16-page vintage recipe booklet

7up Party Book

Why I Want This: Nifty recipes made with 7-Up! Again, there is a gelatin mold on the cover. And I think that one has shrimp in it.


Parties In Motion

Why I Want This: Exciting party recipes, brought to you by beer! Which may be the reason the cover seems to spin in a sickening way. But seriously, they highlight an “American Tournament” party and a “Hoedown Beer” party. I want to know what those are all about!

 Refrigerator Plastic Cookie Dough Mold

Refrigerator Cookie Mold

Why I Want This: Perfect icebox cookies every time? Yes, please!

 5 Vintage Pillsbury’s Grand National Prize Winning Recipes

Pillsbury Baking Contest

Why I Want This: If you’ve been looking for some classic Pillsbury cookbooks, now you can get five! Early ones, too, including the book with the Starlight Double Delight Cake recipe. Yum.

So, I hope you enjoyed seeing some fun vintage kitchen finds! Let me know if you guys are interested in seeing more of these, because I have LOADS of stuff to show you.

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  1. Beth June 30, 2013 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Oh, you really HAVE to get the peanut one — only $5.91 with free shipping! I’ve got to see Tom’s face as he tastes the cover recipe. Please, I beg of you…

    • Helen June 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Well I did have some peanut turkish delight recently which was surprisingly nice.

  2. disneypal June 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I agree – I am very interesting in that Peanut Pudding thing on the cover of the Peanut cookbook.

    I love vintage cookbooks but don’t have a lot of room for them. I recently purchased the Brady Bunch and the Gilligan’s Island cookbooks – not exactly mid-century but close enough 🙂

    I didn’t know you had another blog – where have I been??!!

  3. Michael June 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I own a copy of the 7-Up recipe book. Picked it up at an antique store or an auction. Can’t remember which. Lots of cool recipes in it, but I haven’t tried any of them.

    • je July 4, 2013 at 12:16 am - Reply

      Long ago a roommate made a 7-up meatloaf that must have been from this booklet. It was horrible.

      • RetroRuth July 4, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

        Well, now I have to make that! 🙂

  4. David June 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Cool! It’ll give us all a chance to kitsch up on old times…

  5. Kari S June 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Yes, more of these posts, please! The mid-century kitchen stuff is my favorite and a lot of what I cook with is vintage, including my stove and most of my too-many-to-count cookbooks.

    p.s. I am ashamed to say that I have never made a gelatin mold. Please don’t ban me from the site. 😉

  6. Jen July 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Oh, I do like the cover of the Parties In Motion one. It looks so fun!

    There is a *very* cute Chiquita banana one out there. I have a copy and just…keep it out. It makes me smile. 🙂

  7. Make Roux September 3, 2013 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Just discovered your awesome blog today. I am from South Louisiana and my mother owns the Don’s cookbook. When I was a kid, we frequented Don’s Seafood & Steak restaurant in Morgan City, LA. The food was fantastic!

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