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Prudence Penny Binding of the American Woman’s Cook Book, 1957



Prudence Penny Binding of American Woman’s Cook Book, 1957, published for the San Francisco Examiner by the Consolidated Book Publishers, Chicago. Hard cover book with 752 pages. Thumb indexed.  First four pages of the book are missing. Other than that, the cookbook is in excellent vintage condition.

After a chapter called General Auxiliary Recipes, the cookbook is divided into subject areas like “Eggs and Cheese” and “Vegetables and Salads.” These areas are clearly findable because they are listed on the thumb indexed labels. All of them are clean and clear.

I always get a kick out of the fact that Prudence Penny was actually a writer named Hyman Goldberg. You can see his cookbook, Our Man in the Kitchen, here:

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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