Sunset’s Barbecue Book, 1938, Enlarged Later Edition, 1947



Sunset’s Barbecue Book, published in 1938 by Sunset Magazine, San Francisco, California. The first half of the book is “Barbe-Construction,” edited by George A. Sanderson. The second half, “Barbe-Cookery,” was edited by Virginia Rich. This is our first cookbook with building blue prints! The first printing was in December, 1938. This copy is from the enlarged later edition, published in 1945 and published in 1947.  Embossed boards in tan and crean, made to look like tree bark.  Solid binding. 71 pages. Thumb indexed. All about siting and building the barbecue, as well as the history of the barbecue. Then, of course, great recipes. No dust jacket.  Book in near mint condition. Some shelf wear at the cover’s edges and on the spine cover. Definitely gift quality. A very unusual present!

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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.


  1. Dan

    Tried to buy this, but the website doesn’t work.

    • Cara

      Can you tell me exactly what the problem is?

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