Vintage Kitchen Kitsch and Cookbooks on eBay

Posted on Aug 10 2013 - 5:00am by RetroRuth

This week we have Michael Landon, loosing weight with Domino Sugar, Ham Pinwheels, Parfait Pies, Ice Cream Cone Clowns and cakes your man will love!

 1949 Jello General Foods 3 recipes vtg print ad

Jell-O Jewels

Why I Want This: Tangy. Summer. Salad. Plus, the Tot’s Party Treat looks adorable.

 1948 Vintage Birds Eye Peas Recipe for Ham Pinwheels a la Springtime

Ham Pinwheels

Why I Want This: Who doesn’t want a ham pinwheel?

 Vintage Advertising Recipe Booklet PHILLY PIE Philadelphia Cream Cheese Pamphlet

Philly Flip Book II

Philly Flip Book

Why I Want This: I have a bunch of these little flip-up pamphlets and I just love them. Since I also love cheesecake, this one would be a win-win!


Reducing Diet With Domino Sugar

Why I Want This:  Lose weight with sugar, eh? This I gotta see!

Bonus: I love her outfit!

 Vintage Advertising Recipe Pamphlet KRAFT Mayonnaise

Salads and Sandwiches From the Kraft Kitchen

Salads and Sandwiches From the Kraft Kitchen II

Why I Want This: Another flip-up pamphlet, this time everything is made with mayo! I bet the gelatin molds in this thing are fantastic. Plus, those tuna sandwiches look good!

 Vintage Knudsen Recipes Cook Book – Booklet 1962 Knudsen Creamery Co.

Knudsen Recipes

Why I Want This:  Let’s be honest, I can never resist these “party spread” cookbook covers. Plus, I want to see what is in the mold in the upper left. With a cucumber garnish, it has to be good!

 Vintage 1960s PILLSBURY 48 Butter Crust PARFAIT PIES

Parfait Pies

Why I Want This: Hellooooo parfait pies! Yeah, I need this one.

 Vintage COOKIE Cook Book Lot of 7 * Recipes * 1950s * 1960s

Butter Cookies

Why I Want This:  I actually have a couple of these already. That Gift Box Butter Cookie pamphlet is a real gem! But for the price, this is a good deal, even if I get some extras!

 1970s Vintage Promo Dairy Recipe Brochure – MICHAEL LANDON

Incredible Snacks

Why I Want This:  Look at those teeth! Oh Michael Landon, you DO drink your milk!

 Lot of 2 Vintage Recipe Booklets – Heinz, Mueller's

57 Unusual Ways

Why I Want This:  I have that Mueller’s book already and I LOVE it (Macaroni with Peanut Butter or Spaghetti with Eggs, anyone?) but how can I resist a Heinz book devoted to spaghetti? I am SURE it is just packed with recipes where ketchup and spaghetti come together in wonderful ways. The mind boggles.

 VTG 1986 Childrens Party Handbook

Children's Party Handbook

Children's Party Handbook II

Why I Want This: This one is a little later than what I usually go for (1986), but those really, really happy ice cream cone clowns really need to be made by me. And what the heck is that castle made from? Marshmallow? Ice cream? I love it.

 Vintage 1952 DISHES MEN LIKE Lea & Perrins Sauce Advertising Cookbook Recipes

Dishes Men Like

Why I Want This: See, I think this has been my mistake all along. No wonder Tom didn’t like what I was serving him! I didn’t know what was “sure to please”. But don’t worry, if my hunch is right this book will solve all my problems. Or Tom’s problems, if you want to look at it that way.


10 Cakes Husbands Like Best

Why I Want This:  Ditto what I said above, except with cake!

Hope you guys found the kitschy cookbook of your dreams! If not, you can head over to my other blog to check out the kitschy finds over there!

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  1. Peony Moss August 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Hey, I have that Better Homes and Gardens “Cookies and Candy” book (from the lot). My mom has a copy that she won’t give up, so I bought my own at a used bookstore. The “Chocolate Chippers” on page 15 is a family favorite.

    • RetroRuth August 12, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Nice! I will be adding those to my “must make” list!

  2. S S August 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I wish the Losing Weight With Sugar ad had recipe scans! But based on their suggested menus, you’ll never eat like that and look as perky as the stock illustrations.

    • RetroRuth August 12, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Pretty much!

  3. Poppy Crocker August 11, 2013 at 11:23 am - Reply

    The sugar cookbook reminds me of some questionable sugar ads. Try Googling “vintage sugar weight loss ad” and looking at the image results for a few treats. (Yes, sugar can be the willpower you need to undereat! Impeccable logic….)

  4. perdita August 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I love all of these! I have a Domino books already – it tells you which sugar is ‘socially appropriate’ for which guest/event. Because the wrong sugar is a major faux pas, even when it’s inside tea or cake.

    • RetroRuth August 12, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Ha ha! Oh, how many sugar faux pas have I unknowingly committed in my lifetime? Now I won’t be able to sleep at night! 🙂

  5. Sara Boretz August 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I love the “Dishes Men Like” – that’s just so typifies the era that it came from!

  6. SnoKat August 13, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My Mom has that BH&G Cookies and Candies cook book on the top left!! I remember it well!

  7. veg-o-matic August 14, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Lead off with that Cheese Club Sandwich and let us know if Tom’s problems are solved.
    Yeah, I really just want to see his face while he’s eating American cheese.

    • RetroRuth August 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Yeah…I doubt that would solve any problems!

      And I am right there with you about the faces. I feed him American Cheese just so I can see what he does. That’s right, I’m a monster.

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