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My mother tells me she got her copy of this book as a wedding shower present from one of my Aunts. Bless the relative that gave her this book because almost all of my favourite childhood cookies were made from it. I was so pleased to find that it has been brought back into print that I ordered it immediately. This really is a 60's cookbook, containing as much a peek into the values and styles of the past as it does recipes. Looking through it again showed me that I have become accustomed to baking "perfect" creations - always striving for things NOT to look homemade. In the 60's, if this book is anything to go by, it was okay for baked goods to have a certain homemade look about them. Even in the chapters about baking for special occasions (Company's Coming!) the results are not perfect. There are other tell-tale signs of its age when one considers the ingredients of many of the recipes. Shortening is a common ingredient that I haven't seen much in modern baking as we are all supposed to be avoiding 'trans fats'. One reassuring thing about the recipes is that they all contain really common ingredients. So often today recipes include ingredients which are rare, expensive, or just impossible to find. Not a problem with this book - most of the recipes can be made from the average baker's pantry without too much fuss. One thing to note, however, is that all of the recipes in this book are measured out "the American way" - that is to say using volume (cups) instead of weight. This follows for the oven temperatures, too - they appear in fahrenheit instead of celsius but are easily converted. Many of the ingredients are listed in an American way, too...like "confectioner's sugar" instead of "icing sugar", etc. For me, this book is a walk down memory lane and I will be resurrecting many of my old favourites. I can unashamedly recommend it on "yumminess" if not on visual perfection. Happy Baking!
I've been wanting my own copy of this cookbook that I grew up with for ages. Finally ordered one. However, a large section of the pages are upside down! Such an odd problem. Not sure if I should return it for an exchange or just deal with it.
Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
I have had this cookie book for 40 years and refer to it all the time. I just bought it for my daughter who was recently married. The colourful pictures are what I appreciate so I can see what the finished product will look like. It was great that the Cookie book was available through Amazon.co.uk.
If you like vintage recipes you will like this cookbook. The title is great as you don't see cookie spelled "Cooky" anymore. The recipes take me back to my childhood and are just as great as you would expect from Betty Crocker. I can't wait to start Christmas baking even though we will have limited numbers at our table this year.