Friday, October 24, 2008

Now You're Cooking!

I have a real thing for vintage cookbooks, and it has absolutely nothing to do with cooking! Don't get me wrong, I like to cook, but I am a pinch of this and a pinch of that sort of gal. I cook generally with my senses... if it looks good, smells good, tastes good, then it's good! I don't usually care for the rigidity of a recipe.

So why do I love vintage cookbooks? For the illustrations of course! Below are some favorites, all illustrated by Kay Lovelace. Her work always puts a smile on my face, and I hope it will do the same for you!















26 comments:

mayaluna said...

great images, love that knitting chef!

Gunnels blog said...

Such a wonderful book!

picciolo said...

I love all these images, thanks for showing them
: )

High Desert Diva said...

Ha! They're fantastic!

Janis said...

They are all adorable. Wish I had that kind of talent!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

ooo..me too me too! these are fabulous...i used to xerox them and turn them into comics---sometime i'll dig them up and show you!

Victoria said...

I'd love to see them bonbon!

And oh how I wish I could wield a pen with such simple and delightful flourish!

jacquie said...

i just walked by the culinary arts institute in chicago. i adore these illustrations. where do you find these? i need to do some looking.

Victoria said...

I am blessed, (even out here in the boonies) to be surrounded by lots, and lots of antique/flea market shops. All with multiple vendors. It is a retro girl's dream! (I keep meaning to bring along my camera and take photos of these places to post, one of these days I will!)

Autumn said...

I also like vintage cookbooks, but I am more a fan of the recipes. Especially the ones that use parts of the animal we no longer consider edible! Fascinating!

Gilbamar said...

My wife has a blog only about recipes, she really loves cookbooks. Me too becouse I test all the recipes(hahaha).

LazyTcrochet said...

Ha! The knitting ones are funny.

Amy C said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these - thanks for sharing

Hey Harriet said...

I buy vintage cookbooks for the very same reason! For the delightful pictures, not the recipes. I adore the artwork of Kay Lovelace! I hadn't heard of her before, so thanks for sharing these illustrations. I share your style of cooking. To follow a recipe takes all the fun out of it :)

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dolcechic said...

Love these illustrations! I'm so over modern, I love everything vintage these days!!!

nina kuriloff said...

these are terrific images!
:-)

Angela said...

these illustration are rad. I especially love the couch in the "dessert casseroles" section!

fookaDESIGNS said...

such great illustrations! love them :)

melissa said...

such fun! thanks for sharing
here through etsy forums!

Forever Foxed said...

I love the sheep knitting! Great retro images.

Miss Frugality said...

I've got a few of these household manuals from the 50s.I'll never tire of the illustrations.They're so much fun!

Angie said...

What cookbook are these from? I think my mom may have had this when I was growing up because I remember liking it because of all of the pictures!

Rachel said...

A knitting chef! Love it : )

Cicada Studio said...

Delightful! I can see why you like this.

please sir said...

These are so fun - I love vintage illustrations!