Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Found a Nifty Cookbook. An Octagon House, Also.

I found this oh-so-nifty cookbook at an outdoor church sale one glorious Saturday last month and just had to share it with you. Published in 1950 by the Ford Motor Company, it has amazing illustrations of famous eating places, many of which I've looked up online and found that they're still in business all these 60 years later!

(I'm trying to forgive Blogger for turning these photos the wrong way. Gah. If you're willing to turn your head sideways you can get a better look if you click to enlarge.)

Really, it's such fun looking through this book at the artwork. I've not even paid attention to the recipes yet!

Just thought I'd share this with you. Rather a great deal for only 50 cents, right? Especially on a lovely summer afternoon there outside the church up on a hill, standing alone, overlooking the valley. Tom and I bought hot dogs and chocolate chip cookies there then sat in the car (in the shade) and read our new books. Then we were off again because this countryside town was having an annual town-wide yard sale day. We've had hundreds of such fun, memorable days together and I am grateful.


Oh, and during The Great House Search of 2011, we traveled for the first time to a town even more in the middle of nowhere than ours and saw this amazing house:

Even prettier in-person, it took our breath away. You can read about its interesting history here. Click on the link at the bottom for a few photos from inside the house, too.



Lisa in Texas = ) said...

That looks like a very cool cookbook! And the House- that is so awesome!! It would be so much fun to walk through it!! Thanks or sharing - I enjoyed the photos!! :O)
Lisa :o)

About Cassandra said...

I also have this cookbook. My grandfather was a Ford dealer in the late '40s and early '50s. I always loved looking through this book, as a child, to find the local (Indiana) restaurants featured in it. Wouldn't it be interesting to know which of the restaurants featured in this book are still in business? I think Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis is in it - and it still IS in business, serving their famous Hoosier fried chicken dinners!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I think there was a series of these books after a time. I seem to remember my mother having some of them....Lovely books.

When my daughter and her husband were first married they rented the downstairs of an octagon house (much smaller than the one in your picture)in Richfield, Ohio and lived there for three years. Once a young woman came to talk to them because she was writing a book about octagon houses which were very popular in the middle of the 1800s. They enjoyed it, but arranging the furniture was sometimes tricky.