Friday, September 11, 2009

Show & Tell Friday for September 11

For Show & Tell today, I am sharing one of my treasured cookbooks. I suspect that some of you will be as entranced by this little book as I am.

A book just like this was in our home when I was growing up. I loved to sit and page through it by the hour. I don't recall my mother ever really cooking from it. It had come in a box with the same illustration as the cookbook cover, and it was kept in this box in the cookbook drawer like a very special treasure.

This title page tells a little more about it. Further on, acknowledgment is given to Heloise Frost as the author and compiler of the book and to Ellen A. Nelson as the creator of the gorgeous illustrations. The book is copyright 1951 by Jack Frost Studios.

Here are the illustrations for the different countries. I can't remember the order they are in the book, so will put them in alphabetical order to make it simple. First, America.

The British Isles.







Here is a view of what the inside of the book is like. Wonderful illustrations on each page, plus truly practical, delicious-looking recipes. I love that the text is hand-printed.

My copy of the book belonged to my grandmother. I just had to scan this page because it includes her lovely handwriting.

I think I will turn to this book when it comes time for the international covered dish dinner at our church's missions conference this year.

That is my simple Show & Tell for today. To see what others have shared for Show & Tell Friday, head on over to There is No Place Like Home.

Happy Show & Tell Friday!


  1. What a wonderful treasure! The illustrations are priceless. I love old books and it is especially meaningful to have one that is from your childhood. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. I love the illustrations. The one from the British Isles looks like Hummels.

  3. The pictures remind me of Mary Engelbreit. I know she has said she was inspired by the old style of drawing.

  4. what a wonderful find! Old books are just so perfect. They hold a great deal of wisdom that we can use today.

    Have a blessed weekend!

    lady m

  5. Wow! The illustrations are just amazing!
    Thanks for sharing your treasure.

    Have a nice weekend,

  6. I was so surprised when I started reading your post...I have the same cookbook! I came across it when I was looking for the books for my Show and Tell this week. I'm not sure who the cookbook belonged to...there is some writing under a couple of the recipes, but it doesn't look familiar. I'll have to ask my mom if she remembers! Thank you for sharing your cookbook! Have a lovely weekend.

  7. What a great treasure! I love the illustrations.

  8. wow.. what a wonderful illustrations! and to have them still in pristine shape just awesome! thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  9. Thanks so much, all of you, for stopping by to visit at my kitchen table! I am glad that you enjoyed seeing this very special cookbook from my collection.

    Susan B, I think it is just amazing that we have the same cookbook! Let me know if you find out anything more about yours, okay?

    Stop in again anytime; I love company here at my kitchen table.

    God bless,


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