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Love Vintage Cookbooks? These 13 Titles Will Take You Back.

We treasure vintage cookbooks. Expand your collection with these new titles that have old-fashioned flair and retro charm.

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The Vintage Church Cookbookvia

The Vintage Church Cookbook

by Parrish Ritchie

Nothing is quite as comforting as old-fashioned church cooking. And The Vintage Church Cookbook from blogger Parrish Ritchie gathers all of your favorite recipes in one place. Enjoy whipping up classics like pimento cheese deviled eggs and Amish macaroni salad—just like grandma used to make in her kitchen. Find more church cookbook recipes here.

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Heirloom Kitchenvia

Heirloom Kitchen

by Anna Francese Gass

In Heirloom Kitchen, it’s hard to decide what’s more inspiring: the recipes or the stories behind them. Anna Francese Gass beautifully details the recollections and recipes of women who immigrated to America—including her own mother. Inside this stunning collection, you’ll find 100 dishes originating from all across the globe and a new appreciation for the unifying power of food.

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Betty Crocker's Cooky Bookvia

Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book

by Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book has been the go-to for many a Christmas cookie for decades. This reprint of the 1963 vintage cookbook contains recipes for so many cookie classics, from chocolate chippers to chocolate crinkles, snickerdoodles and spritz (you can check out our favorite types here).

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Brown Sugar Kitchenvia

Brown Sugar Kitchen

by Tanya Holland

New-style, down-home recipes. That’s what awaits you inside Brown Sugar Kitchen, a tome of recipes originating from Tanya Holland’s restaurant in West Oakland, California with the same name. Indulge in shrimp gumbo, macaroni and cheese and caramel layer cake with brown butter-caramel frosting—just to name a few. For more local flavors, check out these regional cookbooks.

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The Vintage Bakervia

The Vintage Baker

by Jessie Sheehan

Author Jessie Sheehan curated recipes from the 1920s to the 1960s to create the gem that is The Vintage BakerThis beautiful book makes use of all kinds of fun kitchenware—vintage Pyrex anyone?—to show off gorgeous recipes like a devil’s food cake with seafoam frosting and molasses doughnuts.

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Betty Crocker Lost Recipes- Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today's Kitchenvia

Betty Crocker Lost Recipes

by Betty Crocker

Go back in time with Betty Crocker Lost Recipes. This collection contains some of our favorite vintage dishes like chicken a la king, Waldorf salad and pretty chiffon cake. This book also treats you to retro entertaining tips, like how to host a tiki party. Sign us up for that one!

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Vintage Cakesvia

Vintage Cakes

by Julie Richardson

Sure, we love dazzling, over-the-top cakes like this crazy confetti cake and unicorn cake, but there’s something charming about an old-fashioned buttermilk cake or simple birthday cake. Vintage Cakes can show you how to make darling retro cakes—from layer cakes to icebox versions.

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Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60svia

Retro Recipes from the ’50s and ’60s

by Addie Gundry 

Embrace the Mad Men era with Retro Recipes from the ’50s and ’60s. Try some new-to-you recipes destined for a backyard cookout or a fondue party or a swell cocktail party. A favorite here: grasshopper pie—try these recipes!

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The New Inglenook Cookbookvia

The New Inglenook Cookbook

by Inglenook

A favorite of Taste of Home editors, The New Inglenook Cookbook contains many classic recipes from the original 1901 printing. It’s a great resource for excellent and reliable recipes like baked beans, chocolate pie and gingersnaps.

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Something Old, Something Newvia

Something Old, Something New

by Tamar Adler

Author Tamar Adler revives old favorites in Something Old, Something New. She strips away any fussy garnishes and outdated techniques (there’s no shame in using a stand mixer in lieu of your wooden spoon) to make outstanding retro dishes that have a place in the kitchen today. One worth trying now: steak Diane.

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The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day

Savannah-based Back in the Day Bakery has made a name for itself making treats inspired by decades past. In The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, you can find the recipes that made this landmark famous, like rustic cheddar pecan rounds, Pinkie’s chocolate lunch box treats and—if you’re feeling daring—drunk blondies. All these recipes rely on old-school techniques and scratch cooking, so you know they’re good!

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Betty Crocker's Good and Easy Cookbookvia

Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook

by Betty Crocker

Originally published in 1954—and reprinted over and over again—Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook contains dozens of time-saving recipes that are great for experienced and novice home cooks alike. We love how many recipes make use of an old-school pressure cooker. Don’t worry—you can use your Instant Pot.

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Icebox Cakesvia

Icebox Cakes

by Jean Sagendorph and Jessie Sheehan

One of our favorite treats to come out of years gone by is the icebox cake. Many vintage cookbooks have a recipe or two for these no-bake classics, but we love that Icebox Cakes compiles dozens of tasty recipes—perfect for when it’s too warm to bake or you want an impressive but low maintenance dessert to share. Up Next: Cookbooks for anyone who, well, loves books.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.
Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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