The Vintage Cookbook Trials came to us as all the best ideas come – in the pub. Over the years the contributors here have amassed a range of cookery books of various vintages – from kitschy 1950’s leaflets produced by the Bacon & Ham Council to musty Edwardian tomes with instructions on how best to prepare ptarmigan for the pot, to recipe cards from the 70s with some godawful sounding concoctions for children’s parties on them (Turkey Men or Walnut Cheese Balls anyone?). Half the fun of gathering this collection has been to compare and contrast the attitudes and foodstuffs of the past with our modern experience of it and up to this point the books have been used solely for entertainment. It’s out of a desire to actually use these resources for the purpose they were created that this blog has arisen.
Our definition of ‘vintage’ is anything first published more than 25 years ago.
If you’re looking for an Alison Burt Recipe Card, we might have it – leave a comment on this post and we’ll see what we can do. No promises made though!