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It’s Fun to Cook, Maltby



It’s Fun to Cook, by Lucy Mary Maltby. Published by the Junior Literary Guild and the John C. Winston Co., New York, in 1938. Hard cover, 399 pages. Cookbook written as the adventures of twin teenage girls named (I swear) Brownie and Blondie.  Hand written recipes in the back, like Barries Macaroni and Cheese. The illustrations are priceless!  The cookbook is in poor antique condition.  It’s cover is missing entirely.  Pages are clean and clear, and binding is firm.

This is a much more serious cookbook than most junior cookbooks. Woven into the plot are recipes for beverages, breads, cakes, candies, cereal, cheese, cookies, desserts, eggs, fish, frostings, meats, pies, poultry, salads and salad dressings, sandwiches and toast, sauces and relishes, soups, and vegetables.

At we try to provide you with your mother’s cookbook! I know lots of current recipe bloggers write proudly that their recipes are “not from your mother’s cookbook.” We think the recipes in your mother’s cookbook provided food that was nutritious and warm and colorful and just plain yummy! We know that just looking at the cover of your mother’s Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book makes you feel good. Holding her Betty Crocker Cookbook, or her Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping Cookbook in your hands is better than nostalgic. And cooking some of those dishes for your children will pass on a great tradition.


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