“Betty Crocker Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 240 pages, hardcover

Check out “Betty Crocker Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen” for a fun look back at recipes and “smart homemaking” tips since the 1950s. 

Baby Boomers and Generation Xers especially will get a kick out of the cookbook since most recipes appeared in Betty Crocker cookbooks from the 1950s and the next two decades. In other words, these are recipes Baby Boomers grew up with and then prepared for their own children.

About 80 percent of the book features mainly from-scratch, yet easy-to-make, recipes no longer found in today’s cookbooks, and the remainder takes a look back at cooking and entertainment customs of the mid-20th century. It also includes ideas for four retro parties — Merry Kitschmas Party, Retro Tiki Party, Time for a Tea Party and Food and Fire Obsession.

The book is filled with fun artwork from Betty Crocker’s history, full-color photographs of completed dishes and lots of useful cooking tips. It also includes a red ribbon for marking a favorite recipe.

Recipes, divided into five chapters, include Olive-Cheese Balls, Havarti-Cheddar Fondue, Chicken Tetrazzini, Swedish Meatballs, Beef Stroganoff, Lobster Newburg, Swedish Tea Ring, Anadama Bread, Hot German Potato Salad, Crown Roast of Pork, Waldorf Salad, Hermits, Date Bars, Cherry Blinks and Baked Alaska Cupcakes.

The recipes have been updated for today’s ingredients so home cooks can successfully prepare them, the book’s introduction says. Each recipe also includes a brief history and nutritional information.

"Betty Crock Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today's Kitchen" will be a welcome addition to any home cookbook collection.


Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and columnist. Contact her at sonnierfood@gmail.com, and follow her on Twitter, @CheramieSonnier.