I can read a cookbook like a good book or an issue of Tea Time magazine, every page, cover to cover.
I recently went to a bazaar and among a few other things (yes, I did get more seasonal aprons for my dish soap bottle) I found two old cookbook pamphlets that I’m guessing are from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. One is all about desserts and the second is one that apparently came with the purchase of a Hotpoint Electric range. I don’t know if appliance companies even bother with recipes anymore, though most of my small kitchen appliances did have a few recipes included in the instruction pamphlet.
I thoroughly enjoyed these two little pamphlets and will share some of the most interesting features of the Hotpoint Electric Range pamphlet below and the desserts pamphlet in another post. I contacted General Electric (which has always owned the Hotpoint brand) and they’ve given me permission to share the following scanned pages with you.
One of the most interesting things about this range is what they refer to as the ‘Thrift Cooker’. From what I can tell it’s sort of a combination of a slow cooker/pressure cooker/steamer that was built right into the top of the range. I watched a video for a different company (from the same era) and their built in cooker had a pressure cooker type lid for the built-in pot. Its heating element could also be raised so that it functioned just like any of the other burners.
This is the only photo that includes the Thrift Cooker though they did include several recipes.
|The Thrift Cooker is that silver circle to the top left of the cooktop.
This pamphlet also includes several recipes for desserts, and surprisingly, many of them are referred to as ‘puddings’ just the same as most people in the UK refer to any dessert other than cake.
This recipe happens to be for a pudding that you prepare in the Thrift Cooker. This page also lists other Thrift Cooker recipes in the pamphlet.
The Hotpoint pamphlet included this reference page, I’ve never before seen reference to the sizes of cans before. I’d heard of a #10 can and I sort of figured that the others probably did, too.
|Shared with Permission from General Electric Appliances|
I also don’t think I’ve ever seen the cups to weight conversion in any of my other cookbooks, though I would argue that the brown sugar measure isn’t quite right.
The other thing I found of interest is this photo and the subsequent menu plans that allowed/encouraged one to cook the entire meal at once in the oven.