The New York Times Cook book

From 1961, The New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne, based on recipes published in the New York Times between 1950 and 1960.


Picked it up for the equivalent of about 25 cents at a garage sale last week. I love getting some of these old cook books to grab ideas and see how people cooked back then (well, not necessarily how people actually cooked, but how the cookbooks and newspapers proposed people cook). And this book has a whole bunch of great reviews on both the and sites.

Some of these recipes are quite elaborate and i’m wondering where people (mostly women?) found the time to work on such elaborate recipes. Who sews up stuffed deboned turkeys anymore?

I wonder if I should try to cook every recipe in this book (à la Julie & Julia) – anyone up for a “Galen & Craig” blog?? Haha

2 thoughts on “The New York Times Cook book

  1. Super interesting! Those old recipe books are great – except of course they were printed before we all needed a picture for every recipe.



    1. There are some photos in this book – more elaborate setups than I’m used to preparing, for sure. Maybe I’ll show some photos of the inside of the book in a future post.

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