My mom has been doing some cleaning out of things, and as such, started gifting me with things she think I ought to have. One of those things was the very first cookbook I ever had, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook, copyright 1975.
Oh my, this thing is just delightful. It’s chock full of incredibly simple recipes for things like hardboiled eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches, Disney-fied up for the wee ones. On the one hand, I get the point that this is a book for kids to learn the very basics of the kitchen and cooking, and it goes to great lengths to teach skills we could all now do in our sleep. But, oh, I cannot stop laughing. I think my favorite recipe is for Sleeping Beauty’s Spinning Wheels, which is an elaborate dessert consisting of a donut topped with ice cream and sprinkles. Or maybe it’s Alice’s Apple Fluff, which combines applesauce and Jello. But then again, perhaps it’s Dewey’s Cheese Waffles:
I think I understand now that while I remember spending hours pouring over this book, I never actually made anything from it. But I will treasure it always.
Do you remember any cookbooks from your childhood?
(Photos from: amazon.com, vintagecookbook.com)