Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vintage Golden Circle Cookbook

The other day I was looking through the gorgeous book "The Long Table" by Mary Moody -where the author looks back over her lifetime of cooking so far, and she talked about her mother's cooking, and showed some  photos of old cookbooks her mother owned, including the Golden Circle Cookbook.  I was inspired to dig out my Gran's old recipes which I have on loan at present.  There, in the bottom of the box, was this!

The very book I had been reading about (and wishing I could see inside!)

It is full of wonderful treasures, such as this lovely spread:

and this um ... salad? .. sandwich?

... something for the children:

(Huh!  Even a boiled egg clown wouldn't convince my girls to eat any of this!)


and a rainbow-effect salad.

How about some rissoles?

checkers, anyone?

 mmmm, yummy,  pineapple on a bed of spinach!

This looks cute and edible, for once

and my personal unfavourite:

- pretty scary stuff!

Thank goodness the days of such creations is long past, but gee it has been fun looking!

For more vintage goodies visit here on Thursday!


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

those are just so cool! i loved looking at each of them. But,now I am dying to know what was the base of that sandwich with the lettuce around it and the pineapple ring on top.

Debbie said...

That is some interesting looking food. Old cookbooks are fun to look through.

Postcardy said...

Someone sure liked to play with food. Some of those creations are hilarious.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

They sure made food into beautiful displays back then. Love old cookbooks :-)


The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

OMG this is why I love these cookbooks - nothing today will get you something so - horrific? no...delicious? no...

fun! yeah thats it!

Christine said...

They always seemed to go for the pineapple with the maraschino...

racheld said...

What a treasure!! I, too, took great pleasure in looking at all the fanciful "food as art" pictures in the cookbooks and magazines of that era.

It always amazed me that they would put spinach or celery or some odd vegetable into a fruit salad composition; the color contrasts would appeal only to adults. Cutesy food had quite a heyday.

But you KNOW the pear salad faces were the BEST---you know that, don't you? Just cottage cheese, pear halves, and a cherry or two. Elegant. I loved them.

Maureen said...

Hahahaha! Crazy!

Coloradolady said...

Love!!!! So many ways to use pineapple it, and it vintage goodness.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful VTT!!

marian said...

old cookbooks are great fun to flick thru..all the displays are very elaborate but i wonder how edible the food really is.

Jane said...

Those were fun pictures to look at....don't think I would want to eat the food, but great pictures to view.
Thanks for sharing.

Miri said...

That pineapple would be perfect for Halloween-much scarier than a jack-o-lantern pumpkin!

Thanks for sharing and once again showing us evidence of this odd vintage love of using pineapple in all and sundry!