This is my all-time favorite cookbook. It was published in 1958 and contains recipes along with photos that appeared in Life Magazine between the years of 1951 and 1958. Many of the recipes are over-the-top such as pheasant pot pie, broiled anchovies, roasted suckling pig, sweetbreads in sherry, etc. Even the school lunch recipes for children are a bit too much such as pimento cheese and green olive sandwiches. Towards the back of the book is a wonderful section featuring “modern” kitchen designs as well as house specialty recipes from big city restaurants (including Scandia, Perino’s and Chasen’s in Los Angeles).
What I really love most about this cookbook is the fabulous 1950’s photos, so many great photos that it was hard for me to pick which ones to post. I’m just trying to imagine the average middle class 1950’s housewife looking thru this cookbook and then trying desperately to transform her mediocre dinner party into a lavish affair with flaming beef collops on a dagger, brains with black olives, rice flamingo and banana kirsch sherbet. Yum.