Wednesday, August 1, 2018

1970s Hometown Cookbook: Dave Cooks All the Recipes. Part 1: A Journey Begins With Rules

My love for vintage local church cookbooks is enduring. My collection continues to grow. My favorite example is this one.

This is "Favorite Recipes" from the "Ladies of St. Thomas Church," Delmar, NY. Based on the businesses listed as sponsors (no date is listed) I have it pegged firmly in the 70s. I think "Favorite Recipes" is my favorite because it was generated so close to home. St. Thomas is about a 5 minute walk from my house. I would bet I know recipe authors or their descendants.

I have dabbled in recreating recipes from old church cookbooks in the past, but never with much purpose or focus. I have a masochistic streak that often leads me to embark on difficult, strange, and tedious journeys. In this vein I have decided to attempt to cook every recipe in this cookbook.

Will I ever accomplish this? Doubtful. I counted 158 recipes in "Favorite Recipes." That seems daunting. However, I think the joy of this whole thing is in the thought of ol' Dave engaged in the process. It is very high-concept.

So, what rules have I laid out for myself? Not many.

1) Cook all the recipes.
2) Minimize waste by reducing recipe proportions.
3) No substitutions.
4) Provide informative commentary along the way.
5) There is no time limit. This journey could take me well into my 40s (I'm 38).

I believe I will begin this weekend.


  1. Throw a church cookbook party. You could make a bunch of stuff from each chapter.

    (sorry if this is a duplicate comment, Firefox was not cooperating)

  2. this will be fun.

  3. Reminds me of my grandma's recipe for 'Party Potatoes' from her church cookbook. I'm gonna see if I can get a group of friends to make a recipe zine with me in this style.


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