This week on we are rocking the gelatin kitchen picks from eBay! We have lots of lima beans, wartime gelatin, sky-high molds and a gallery of 200 additional cookbook and kitchen kitsch eBay picks at the end of this post. So let’s get started!

 Vintage Cookbook Royal Gelatin Aspic "Movie Recipes" 1934

Royal Aspic Movie Recipes

Royal Aspic Movie Recipes II

Why I Want This: I don’t think I have ever wanted a gelatin recipe booklet as much as this one! Did you check out the lima beans in that chicken loaf on the front? And the last recipe on the back has macaroni AND Russian dressing in it. Be still my heart.

 1943 Jell-O Recipes for Wartime WWII Print Ad

Welcome In Wartime

Why I Want This: Did you see the gelatin in the left corner?? More lima beans! As a bonus, it has canned tomatoes as well.  If that doesn’t say “Welcome” I don’t know what does.


All-Time Favorite Salads

All-Time Favorite Salads II

Why I Want This: I really, really want to know what makes that Spanish Vegetable Mold “Spanish” instead of just “filled with V-8”.

 Favorite Recipes Americas FOOD EDITORS

Editors Favorite Recipes II

Editors Favorite Recipes

Editors Favorite Recipes III

Why I Want This: It really, really looks like this is a gem of a cookbook. I mean, get a load of that molded salad. It looks like it could either be gelatin or some kind of savory bread pudding thing, but I am really, really hoping it is gelatin. And that loaf thing with the olives on top? Get out. It is probably pate, but in my heart I hope there is gelatin in it.

 The Complete Gelatin Cookbook 1978 by Manuela Soares

The Complete Gelatin Cookbook

Why I Want This: I’m not sure what else this book has up its sleeve, but they seem to like the same mold that the Food Editors of America like. And that is very, very promising.

 Vintage Nickel Lined Copper Cake / Jello Mold Pony

Pony Gelatin Mold

Why I Want This: Pony. Gelatin. Mold. Yeah, I want this.

 Lot of 2 Pet Milk 1936 Cook Books-Precious Pet Recipes And Good Things To Eat

Pet Recipes

Pet Recipes II

Pet Recipes III

Why I Want This: Two books packed full of molded food! Love it. This also reminds me that I really need to get my butt in gear and do a whole platter with a molded salad in the middle!

 Vintage 50"s Sebastian Minature Jello Moose Advertising

Sebastian Moose

Sebastian Moose II

Why I Want This: I LOVE this moose! If only this wasn’t so expensive, it totally would be mine. If you want to read more about these little gelatin promotional figures, you can click here!

 1942 Royal Recipe Parade Fruit Gelatin

Royal Recipe Parad

Royal Recipe Parad II

Why I Want This: Besides being freaking adorable, this book is also jam packed with gelatin molds! Check out that melon mold, it even looks like a watermelon.

 Vintage Mini Gelatin/Jello pudding Molds 9pcs colorful plastic

Mini Molds

Mini Molds II

Why I Want This: Fun colored plastic gelatin molds? I’m in! Bonus that they are individual-sized.

Want to see more fun cooking goodness?? Click here to see a gallery of over 150 more vintage cookbook and kitchen kitsch picks by yours truly:



How fun is that!?! And if you are still jonesing for even more kitsch, check out the eBay picks on my other blog, No Pattern Required!

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