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July 11, 2018

Betty Crocker for Kids

By Julia

While visiting family this past week, I stumbled upon my mother-in-law’s cookbook collection. My favorite was her first cookbook, Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cook Book. Many beloved recipes were made from this kid-friendly edition with it’s bright, full-color illustrations and simple instructions.

These kids are in such awe of their new-found cooking skills. I love their fascinated expressions.

Betty Crocker herself penned the introduction to the cookbook!

Next we meet the test-helpers and see what they have to say about their testing experience. It’s a neat idea to include their input in the recipes.

Like our modern Betty Crocker cookbook, the junior edition starts out with instructions that will make recipe prep a little smoother and easier.

These basic terms are essential for success in the kitchen while the illustrations remind me of my mom’s Clue game.

Every junior host or hostess should know how to set the table and carry on polite conversation.

The color photos and illustrations remain vibrant and true, even after all these years.

The recipes often take on a whimsical nature. The face on the hamburger is entertaining, but I wouldn’t be able to eat it while it was watching me.

The Polka-dotted Macaroni and Cheese also looks like a fun and easy recipe. The thing I noticed most when paging through this cookbook was the absence of the “ask Mom and Dad!” phrases that are a part of our modern culture. Betty Crocker trusted her test-helpers to get hot items from the oven on their own.

No meal is complete without dessert! And this cookbook leaves nothing to chance when it comes to the perfect cake.

Our young chefs even learn how to safely and efficiently prepare a meal on the grill outdoors. I’m not even proficient at that!

Finally, the back cover gives a brief synopsis of why the cookbook would be advantageous. I think we all should wear paper crowns when we have dessert, especially if it turned out well.

What about you, dear readers? Have any of you found or re-discovered a beloved childhood cookbook or recipe?

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8 Responses to Betty Crocker for Kids

  1. Chris Reply

    July 11, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I am seriously in love with that grill and the saber skewers. I may need to claim a set in the name of Tiki grilling.

    • Julia Reply

      July 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Grilling is great, especially in the summertime!

  2. sherree Reply

    July 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I have this cookbook but with a different cover. Maybe mine is a little older? I love how all the food was made to look “fun” and mealtime was an event 🙂

    • Julia Reply

      July 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Very cool!

  3. Tess Reply

    July 12, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I’m impressed that it’s a BOYS & girls cookbook… Especially if the boys were urged to do more than grill. At a thrift store last year, i picked up a Betty Crocker’s “Young Entertainers” cookbook from the same era, but it’s not as helpful as this one. Mostly very sugary desserts, drinks and items made with canned or boxed foods.

    I’ll definitely be on the watch for this!

    • Julia Reply

      July 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      It is pretty cool!

  4. Sharon Davis Reply

    July 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I received the “old” Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls published in 1957 from my Aunt Iva when I was 10 years old. She was a wonderful cook and baker herself. I still have it, although it’s seen better days. I bought a new copy for my daughter when she was a girl. Wonderful book, fun food!

    • Julia Reply

      July 24, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Very cool! I love how things like cookbooks carry over from generation to generation 🙂

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