James Beard’s Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, 1960



James Beard’s Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, 1960: Oversized hard cover cookbook with heavy, clay-coated pages and many illustrations and photographs. Written by James Beard, illustrated by Helen Federico, and photographed by John Stewart. Published by Golden Press, New York. A Ridge Press Book. 284 pages. This cookbook covers grilling, spit and skewer cooking, pit roasting, smoke cooking, outdoor complements, picnics and trips, large parties, outdoor drinks, and the larder.

One of the many things I love about James Beard’s cookbooks is his frank advice. For example, about smoked ham: “I think smoked ham does not lend itself very well to spit roasting. It takes too long and is much better served as an appetizer.” This cookbook is in mint condition. Even the dust jacket is in nearly mint condition. Definitely gift quality.

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.