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October 17, 2018

Betty Crocker Again

By Julia

Most of the homes of friends and loved ones that I’ve visited have one thing in common: they all have a similar edition of an orange Betty Crocker cookbook. My mom had one, my friends’ moms all had one. The one featured here today is my mother-in-law’s 1976 edition. It has many topics in common with the Betty Crocker reprint I found recently, but with “updated” artwork for the 1970s.

I love that there is a fondue featured on the cover of this edition.

The inside cover breaks recipes down into helpful sections, with the goal of making things easier for the home cook.

Each section begins with colorful illustrations, such as these festive appetizers.

In addition to the step-by-step instructions provided by Betty Crocker, my mother-in-law has also added trial-and-error notes to frequently used pages. Her baked goods always turn out so well!

Even savory dishes have detailed illustrations on each page.

The section on table service evolved a bit over the years, but still covers the basics of successfully hosting an event. I love the bold oranges, yellows, and greens of these 1970s tables.

These examples even include a tulip table like mine! The bright, striking colors draw me into these photos every time.

Of course, Betty Crocker even gives us suggestions about a balanced diet and menu planning advice. No wonder this has been a go-to cookbook for generations!

How about you, dear readers? Did any of you have this cookbook, or grow up with it?


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8 Responses to Betty Crocker Again

  1. Barbara Grandy Reply

    October 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Besides Betty Crocker, my other favorite cookbook is “Joy of Cooking.” I remember my using it frequently and always when she made baked good. Their New York Cheesecake recipe is the best. I would love to find a copy like she has – probably from the 1950s.

    • Julia Reply

      October 21, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      I haven’t stumbled across the Joy of Cooking yet. Sounds tasty!

  2. Beth Reply

    October 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

    This is one of the editions my mom used and she got me my own copy to take to college in 1976. It is very well-worn: from my first time making Yorkshire pudding in 1978 to the chocolate chip cookies we make all the time (the BEST recipe!), this has been my go-to book for solid, excellent-every-time recipes. Because tastes and nutrition-consciousness has changed over the decades, I don’t use it as an everyday reference, but I still reach for it for basics like baked goods.

    • Julia Reply

      October 21, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Very cool!

  3. Cheryl Reply

    October 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    My Betty Crocker cookbook is 1st edition, 1969. Was probably a gift from when I was in college studying Home Economics.

    • Julia Reply

      October 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      It is a popular cookbook, for sure!

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    October 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Nice one! This looks like a really well-loved copy!

    • Julia Reply

      October 21, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      So many yummy recipes have come from this cookbook!

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