Peter Pauper Press is re-releasing many of their vintage cookbooks in ebook format. The ABC cookbook series each contain an alphabetical listing of similar topic recipes inside different cookbook titles. I had a chance to read and review 6 of them. Two of them pastry related, and the rest perfect for the holidays. Each are quick reads and all reflect the sign of the times in the 50s and 60s. The cocktails cookbook was really eye opening. The pastry books are on the Old School Pastry Blog and the others are on Sand and Succotash. Read on for each of the reviews.
The ABC of Desserts
Originally published in 1958, there are 64 different recipes covering dessert classics.
The ABC of Cookies
Many different cookie recipes, and I've included the recipe for Gingersnaps from the book.
The ABC of Cocktails
This 1953 reprint is a bar book that shows its 'sign of the times' when
stiff drinks and cocktails were in order, no matter what time of day,
social or business.
The ABC of Jiffy Cookery
Short on time? The ABC of Jiffy Cookery, originally published in
1961, focuses on recipes that are quick to put together or can cook left
undisturbed in the oven or pot.
The ABC of Canapes
The ABC of Canapes was first published in 1953 when canapes containing pimentos and sardines reigned supreme.
The ABC of Chafing Dish Cookery
Another book from the mid 50s, The ABC of Chafing Dish Cookery
was published when the little chafing dish was in popularity, and people
simply entertained more. And ate in front of the television.