I stumbled on this “Favorite Recipes 1951” cookbook somewhere…in a thrift store? at an estate sale?
Eh, I don’t remember where I found it.
But it’s got everything I love about a cookbook:
- it’s older than me
- it’s of regional Michigan interest
- it’s a church cookbook, and
- it’s clearly was well loved and used.
So here’s to a new year, and a bit of a break from My Great Recipes. The next few posts will be this cookbook – in its entirety.
Oak Park Methodist Church
This is a cookbook from the Oak Park Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Founded in 1901 as the Oak Park Methodist Episcopal Church, it was discontinued in 2001.
The building still stands at 2125 North Saginaw, and it even has a Michigan state historic marker.
The cookbook I have was produced by the Women’s Society of Christian Service. It was published in 1952 by the Adrian College Press.
The book is paper, spiral-bound, 208 pages long. The cover is a thin cardboard and is definitely showing age – as you’ll see in the pictures.
There are a ton of dessert recipes in this cookbook – cakes, candies, cookies, puddings, pies, frostings, and more. This post starts with the cover and includes the first ‘chapter’ of breads and quick breads.
Here are the ‘chapters’ in this cookbook:
- Breads and Quick Breads
- Canning, Preserving, and Pickling
- Desserts and Puddings
- Meat and Fish Dishes
- Salads and Salad Dressings
- Men’s Department
- Quantities in Buying and Large Service Recipes
Don’t get too excited about the “Men’s Department” – it’s seven recipes from men. And that’s it.
Breads and Quick Breads