Last Friday was one of my favorite events of the year, The Friends of the Library Book Sale! I generally find lots of vintage books on cooking, crafts, decorating and children to add to my collection. This year was a big let down. I didn't find much of nothing. But for what it's worth, here are the few cool items I did get. Shown above is a little recipe booklet for the use of those aluminum molds that are always at thrifts.
I don't have a pressure cooker...But I liked the illo on the cover of this little owner's manual/recipe booklet. Don't you love how every cooking implement claims to make cooking easier? The only thing that will make cooking easier for me is to have someone else do it!
This was the find of the sale! The Good Housekeeping's Ten pm Cook Book as seen in the ever hilarious book The Gallery of Regrettable Food by James Lileks. I already have quite a few of the cook booklets that Lileks highlights and I try to collect the others in his book. His chapter on The Ten pm Cook Book makes me laugh every time I read it. Example:
This is the image on the back cover of the Ten pm Cook Book.
Lileks declares, "How can you make sure a 10 pm party doesn't last past 10:06? Serve them this."
Tell me that's not funny....Here are the rest of the books I got....On many an exciting topic such as the Joys of Jello and How to work wonders with a Hamilton Beach Liqui-Blender. I picked up a couple of ones that I already have for a friend as well.
The book sale also carries a few other paper type items. I found this very unusual little portfolio of cards that are meant to be sent, I'm guessing to a child, during the time they are sick...But the catch is they have to be sick for 7 days to get all the cards...How would you know they are going to be sick that exact amount of time? I find this very peculiar. Maybe that's why it was never used after all these years. I just bought it for the cute little bear illustrations.
Like I said, this sale was really blah...I guess I should look on the bright side... Now I at least have the recipe for that awful looking pink lobster dish...Don't invite yourself to my house around 10pm cause I have plans!