My first idea was to post pictures, recipes, kitschy ideas of the book, but then a little lightbulb shined in my mind. I HAVE A SIMILAR BOOK!! What if I looked through it and compared the 2000s with the 1960s? Brilliant!! Except this was a 3 ring bound book with removable pages and I have dropped it on more than one occasion, sending over 500 pages to the floor. However, I made do and scanned what I could find. I don't use this book either. I thought I would, but the only thing that I have tried is the chicken fajitas. Chili powder, lime juice, peppers, onions, chicken. Idiot proof!
Gone from the 2000 edition are recipes for aspics, molds, newburgs, venison, rabbit, tuhds, meatloaves, olives and boiled eggs as garnishes, and other things that made retro cookbooks the things of interest. Cottage cheese in lasagna has thankfully disappeared.
Most of the comparisons come a little bit further into this post. There is still fun to be had!!
|Pillsbury Family Cookbook, 1963|
|Pillsbury Complete Cookbook, 2000|
|The Pillsbury of 1963 reiterates what an honest and trusted corporation it is. I do like how "best" has quotation marks around it. Even they couldn't back up their claims.|
|Let's play find the nutrition. White bread? NO! Ham? Full of sodium and nitrates. Yummers. Iceberg lettuce? Empty calories! Just eat a slice of that swiss cheese. There's calcium and protein and I'm going to use that idea with a grain of salt.|
|Creepy ice cream cone. If the eyes were even, it might not look like it was judging me from afar. Getting the slitted snake eye from a bird cone is not how I want to go down in the annals of retro food history. STOP STARING AT ME!!|
|Salmon steaks in the 1963 cookbook. I can feel the parasites hatching in my colon as I eyeball the white discoloration.|
|Dilled Salmon Steak in 2000. Maybe the parasites are covered with dill.|
|I am truly shocked not to see this instant potato stuffed meatloaf with a catusp (not ketchup) gravy in the 2000 version of the Pillsbury cookbook. It's okay, Pillsbury. History cannot be undone.|
|Baked Ham slice in a brown sugar clove sauce. Obviously from 1963. The kitschy garnishes gave it away.|
|Grilled ham slice with a pineapple salsa. (2000)|
|Diarrhea on rice. I mean curried lamb on rice. (1963)|
|Curried vegetables over rice. (2000)|
|Assorted Mixed Grill, 1963. Pillsbury made an obvious faux pas in allowing this to be displayed without full garnishes and salt and pepper shakers.|
|Introduction to the Poultry Chapter. Nothing in 1963 proclaimed "master of the food chain" like having a statue of the dead animal you are about to devour.|
|Poultry Chapter, 2000. More varieties, no identifying bird statue.|
|Oven fried chicken (1963). The yellow background bleeds into the banana and chicken. It basically sucks the taste buds off of my tongue. It gives me no will to cook.|
|Oven fried chicken nuggets (2000). Bite sized, simple, little cup of sweet and sour sauce, grapes. Something quick and that picky kids will eat.|
|Asparagus (2000). It looks less depressing. Plus it is on a regular plate! No boundaries or oppression!|
|Green beans with cashews (2000).|
|This fruit ring epitomizes the food of the past. It should stay suspended in jello forever. Until someone like me discovers old cookbooks half a century later!|