Thursday, May 5, 2016

From the Hesitant Hostess

Voila, my new acquisition: Betty Crocker's Hostess Cookbook.

Well, it is not quite new. I found it at Amvets a few weeks ago. But I have only just now gotten around toe realizing its greatness.

I think this is what Howard would call New Old Stock. I do not think it has ever been used or opened. There is a price sticker on it that reads $1.95.

The date is 1967 and an introductory note on the next page begins: "Dear Hesitant Hostess."

Whatever hostess owned this cookbook before has to have been very hesitant indeed!

I love the picture on the front cover, the mod house with the guests approaching.

And the section called "Bright Little Brunches and Lunches."

"Borrow an idea from fine restaurants and offer each guest a cup of coffee the minute he arrives." Note the correct grammar.

"Buy three or four Sunday papers and set them out for browsing." As an employee of The Buffalo News I like that suggestion!

"Keep the menu light but make the most of it with the little flourishes so dear to the female heart."

There is no Cinco de Mayo menu, how about that? However. Anyone want to come over for a Two-Table Bridge Luncheon? There is a menu for that.

I am in awe of this cookbook.

We are going to have such fun!

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