Vintage Cooking Kitsch on eBay

Posted on Jul 13 2013 - 5:00am by RetroRuth

I hope you are excited, because I have a ton of great eBay finds for you guys today! So let’s just get to it, shall we?

 Vintage KRAFT COOKERY Advertising Insert Recipes Cookbook

Kraft Cookery

Why I Want This: You did see the cover, right? That fish gelatin is intense and I am pretty sure I have that gelatin mold. I am meant to make it. Not to mention this:

Snow Top Pineapple Mold

Snow-Top Pineapple Mold! Apparently it tastes as good as it looks.

 Vintage Patio Party Recipes Cookbook Booklet

Patio Party

Why I Want This: This appears to be nothing more than an advertising booklet with not very many recipes to speak of.

And yet…

And yet…

Pizza Rolls

Frozen pizza rolls on the grill. Be still my heart.

 1953 Bacardi Rum 6 yacht captains photo & drink recipe vintage print ad


Why I Want This: Normally I steer clear of single ads, but this one just…spoke to me somehow. Maybe it’s the pictures of captains, or maybe it is the yachts, but I just really want this one.


Sandwich Fun

Why I Want This: Mid-Century sandwich recipes are almost always excessive and unusual. They really made sandwich making an art of craziness, and I’ve made it my goal to collect as many sandwich recipes as possible.

 Vintage Recipe Converter – Servings, Cups, Teaspoons, Tablespoons

Recipe Converter

Why I Want This: Who doesn’t occasionally need a recipe converter? This one would fit perfectly in my vintage kitchen.

 Vintage Aluminum MIRRO 4 Tier Cake Pan Set Wedding Party Pans Recipe Box W/box

4 tier cake pan set

Why I Want This: I swear that my vintage Mirro pans bake better cakes than anything new.  And here you can get a whole tiered-cake’s worth!

 Vintage Cookbook Cool Cooking Recipes of Your Favorite Rock Stars

Cool Cooking

Why I Want This: Rockstar recipes. Really?

Carly Simon

Apparently the answer is yes. And Carly Simon likes cottage cheese, bananas and honey.

 Vintage Westinghouse Salesman Sample Pink Stove Recipe Box W/box

Pink Westinghouse

Why I Want This: Whoever is posting these MIB Westinghouse recipe boxes is driving me nuts. I want one so bad. This one is PINK!!

 Vintage Dollar Dinners 20 Main Dishes

Dollar Dinners

Why I Want This: Money-saving cookbooks are always gold. It is amazing what some people will mix together and eat to save a buck.

German Bologna Bake

On the other hand, the German Bologna Bake doesn’t look too bad!


Bar Guide

Why I Want This: I seriously want to get this Bar Guide for Tom. It is so amazingly cool!


La Choy

Why I Want This: 1930’s Chinese cooking, brought to you by La Choy!

Chop Suey

Also, I secretly love canned bean sprouts.

 1973 page – Chef Boy-Ar-Dee hot dog spaghetti recipes

Franfurter Lasagna

Why I Want This: It is difficult to read this one, but this is a recipe for Frankfurter Lasagna!

 vintage Miracle Whip & Knox Gelatine Patio Platters w/ Recipes Aug. 1964

Patio Platters

Why I Want This: A Fruit Patio Platter made with lemonade, fruit cocktail and Miracle Whip?? Sign me up!

 Vintage Gingerbread House Cake Form (Mold) by Mirro

Gingerbread House

Why I Want This: This is exactly the kind of crap I spend hours doing for every major holiday. I could make a gingerbread house that’s a CAKE.


Sealdsweet Fruit

Why I Want This: That orange cake on the cover looks glorious.

Grapefruit Chocolate Cake

This is hard to read, but it contains a recipe for a Chocolate Grapefruit cake! What must that taste like?

I hope you guys liked these! If you want to see some other mid-century kitschy finds, head on over to my other blog to check out Kool Kitsch on eBay for this week!

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12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Elise July 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    LOVING these kitchen-specific eBay picks! Dangerous but oh-so-fun. Got my eye on that Cool Cooking book.

    • RetroRuth July 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks! Glad you are loving these! 🙂

  2. Cristina July 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Simply awesome!!!!

    • RetroRuth July 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply


  3. David July 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    The recipe converter and bar guide are so cool!

    • RetroRuth July 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      I know, right?? I really want that bar guide!

  4. Kristin July 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I actually picked up one of those recipe converters at a second hand shop for $1 this weekend. My husband found it for me. Too cool!

    • RetroRuth July 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply


  5. Kim Campbell July 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I So want you to make that gelatin mold in the very first picture. What is in it to make it such an intense color?!

    • RetroRuth July 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      I have no clue!!! I really want to know as well…

  6. Tipsykit July 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I REALLY want that pink recipe card holder, it would look so cute next to my pink Kitchen Aid mixer. And please oh please make that fish gelatin mold, I really want to see it!!!

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