While on my quest of collecting the best (ie: worst and most vile) vintage 1950's & 60's cookbooks, I discovered this little gem recently. I almost bypassed it, what with it's glaringly 1970's grotesque-ness of homespun cross-stitched country charm of a cover (kill me now), but then I found that it's actually from 1959. Huh. Betty Crocker, you foiled me again with your witchery. But the best part, however, is the questionable title, which takes a second to sink in your noggin and make the good feelings go away, kinda like chasing a Miller High Life with Jagermeister. (I'm sorry, but I cannot possibly begin to figure out how to type an umlaut over the "A". Also, I'm too lazy.) The book is titled: Betty Crocker's Guide to Easy Entertaining--How to Have Guests- and Enjoy Them.
Well isn't that a nice cook---oh sweet jebus on a Triscuit! How to "have guests" and "enjoy them" made me automatically think of the Twilight Zone episode called To Serve Man (aired in March of 1963). So of course now I really want to buy this thing, unless one of you other happy little carnivores grabs it first. (Click the cookbook pic to go and buy it.) If you're a vintage Twilight Zone nerd like me, then you'll know exactly of what I'm referring. If you're not a TZ fan, it shouldn't take long to realise that it sounds like it's a cookbook for serving human.
..." IT'S A COOKBOOK!"
"Cannibal Pot" by Tommy Steele.