The origin of many recipes is sometimes not clear. They were passed from generation to generation....sometimes merely by word of mouth...sometimes carefully written and passed from mother to daughter.
I sometimes get email asking if I have a recipe for an old favorite that Grandma used to make...a recipe that was originally found on box or label. Grandma´s clipped recipes might have been discarded or lost. The most well-loved favorites often become splattered, faded and hard to read over the years.
Brandnames still want to give us their recipes. If we want to try the recipes, we´ll need to buy the ingredients...their products. What better incentive could there be to by their brands?
Free recipe pamphlets and low-cost cookbooks have long been another popular way for food companies to supply home cooks with their recipes. The picture at the top of this page is from the front page of a "Spry" cookbook from the 1930s that I found on Ebay. The original owner even has a few exta Spry recipes that she found in a newspaper tucked inside. Spry was a solid vegetable shortening from Lever Brothers, similar to Crisco. Spry is no longer made. I don´t know when production stopped, but I remember that it was one of my Mothers favorite brands.
Many other leading brands that are still with us, were also promoting their products with recipe books in the early 1900´s. Those same brands have popular websites packed with fabulous recipes today. Here´s a few examples of promotions from years past by famous brands we know and love today. Click on a vintage cookbook to see recipes on their websites today.
There´s never been a better source of brandname recipes than the internet. It´s a giant, easy- to-use virtual cookbook. Nearly every food manufacturer now has a website, featuring their finest and most popular recipes.
See over 300 examples at -
As you surf through the pages of these brandname sites, you just might find an old favorite recipe. You´ll surely find some enticing new ones and add some of their ingredients to your next grocery list!
There are also cookbooks available with collections of brandname recipes found over the years on packages, labels, inserts, etc. In these taste-tempting coookbooks, you’ll find delectable recipes for scrumptious appetizers, lip-smacking entrees, sweet endings, and more from your favorite brand name companies.
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