All About Home Baking Cookbook General Foods 1933 Depression Era 2nd Edition Hardcover


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“All About Home Baking.” Published by General Foods Corportation in 1933, this is a second edition. The cookbook is a hard cover measuring 6 x 9¼ inches with 144 pages. It is in very good used condition, the pages are clean and unmarked.


Baking in the 1930s was an interesting endeavor. Many women who came of age in this time period grew up being taught how to cook by mothers or grandmothers who learned how to bake with an old-fashioned sensibility. Victorian and Edwardian recipes were famous for using scants of this and likenesses of that when it came to processes and measurements…add butter the size of an egg, whip until stiff, bake until hot to the touch. But by the 1930s, women wanted more precise techniques so that their cooking experiences would turn out to be successful each time, instead of the possibility of failure when it came to unstructured processes.

General Foods Corporation answered their call with this book – All About Home Baking. First published in 1933, General Foods was on its way to becoming a big-time player in the food industry at this point in history. At the forefront of the cereal movement, the frozen food movement, and the helpful housewife movement, General Foods was known to make cooking easier, more efficient, and more accessible for American households across the country. By recommending products like Swan’s Down Cake Flour and Calumet Baking Powder (both businesses under the General Foods brand) within their cookbook, General Foods was able to accurately reproduce the same baked goods over and over again in their test kitchen, thus creating baking recipes that were universally fool-proof when it came to finished results. They then bundled these recipes and techniques in a baking primer that promised to teach all women and young ladies how to make reliable baked goods every time. With step-by-step instructions, detailed photographs, and precise instructions, this cookbook became an instant baking bible for home bakers.

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Weight 31 oz
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 3 in