Thursday, April 10, 2008

Betty Crocker's Cook Book

The "Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book" was issued in 1950. In 1961 a "Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book" was printed and Curtis bought me one of these newest additions of Betty Crocker cook books. I understand this particular addition is a real collector's item.

Oh, how I loved that book! I'm sure I spent hours just looking at the pictures of all the luscious things to eat. And I used many of the recipes. When Darlene was a young teen she wanted to make a chocolate cake and used the Betty Crocker cook book. The cake fell and was a real disappointment. Time passed and again she wanted to make a chocolate cake,as she loved anything chocolate! She made the cake and another disappointment. She had used the same recipe! I told her to make a notation not to use that recipe again. To my dismay, I found she had taken a black broad point marker and across the entire page wrote "Pooh Pooh Cake." I couldn't believe that she would write something so crude in my cook book. Not just any cook book but my beloved "Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book!"

This happened over thirty years ago. The pages are now aged and worn but the most cherished page of all is the one that Darlene marked on! It represents so much - a fun loving teen that certainly did not intend to do something that resulted in so much reaction from me. We lost our only daughter about four years ago and anything that she touched is now so precious. This is also a reminder that time changes so many things in life. Something we all need to remember. Time and years have brought a completely different perspective to me.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My mother has this cook book!!! I recognized it immediately as the one she has used for many, many years. I just called her to check. Yep...very same one. She bought it when she taught home economics in college.

What a precious memory you shared about your daughter. I cherish all the marks my kids have made for me over the years...even if I wasn't crazy about them at the time. My oldest will be 19 tomorrow, so I am learning to take each memory as it comes and treat most of them as sacred.

Mary, thanks so much for visiting my blog. I want to take some more time to read your other posts. Some of my best friends are women like you...seasoned with wisdom and truly, portraits of grace lived.

Be blessed, dear one! I noticed that you like to read Elisabeth Elliot. I've recently finished "These Strange Ashes" and want to read more of her work.


Katherine said...


I was googling to see what year this cookbook I have was published and came upon your blog. It's duct taped on the spine. :) I am so sorry about your daughter. I feel the same way when I go thru the cookbooks with my father's "reviews" written in. He passed away 2 years ago.

My cookbook has been duct taped on the spine, and it was used by my mom, and then my dad(after my mom divorced him and l lived with him).

I especially love the buttermilk pancakes. And summer macaroni salad.