The Modern Family Cookbook by Meta Givens 1944 J.G. Ferguson and Associates

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Discover a culinary treasure from the past with The Modern Family Cookbook by Meta Given, published in 1944 by J.G. Ferguson and Associates. This expansive hardcover book, thumb-tabbed for ease of navigation, is a quintessential guide for both novice and seasoned cooks. With its charming, colorful illustrations, this cookbook not only offers a plethora of recipes but also a glimpse into the domestic culinary arts of the 1940s.

Key Features:

  • The cookbook is a comprehensive collection of recipes spanning 938 pages, encompassing a wide range of dishes and offering helpful hints to make cooking an enjoyable endeavor.
  • Meta Given, the author, was known for her practical approach to home cooking and her ability to simplify complex recipes for everyday cooks, making her works cherished even decades later.
  •  The colorful illustrations interspersed throughout the book add a delightful visual aspect, making the reading and cooking experience more engaging.
  • The cookbook could become a conversation starter at culinary meetups, a resourceful guide in vintage-themed cooking sessions, or a cherished gift for vintage book collectors and culinary enthusiasts.
  • The hardcover binding, albeit faded and worn, has stood the test of time, and the thumb tabs make navigating through this culinary compendium a breeze.
  • The signed inscription by the previous owner adds a personal touch of history, connecting past and present through the shared love for cooking.


  • Title: The Modern Family Cookbook
  • Publication Date: 1944
  • Publisher: J.G. Ferguson and Associates
  • Format: Hardcover book thumb tab pages
  • Pages: 938
  • Dimensions: 6x8x1
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Faded worn cover, signed by the previous owner

Wrapping Up:

The Modern Family Cookbook by Meta Given is a charming relic from the 1940s, offering not just recipes, but a taste of history. Its extensive content, easy navigation with thumb tabs, and the personal touch of a previous owner’s signature make it a valuable and unique addition to any vintage book or cookbook collection.

Reading Recommendation:

In this insightful article,  How Meta Given's Shaped The Vintage Cookbook Era, discover the legacy of Meta Given, a mid-20th-century culinary icon. Learn about her notable cookbooks, her simple yet nutritious approach to home cooking, and her influence on the vintage cookbook era—a great read for vintage cookbook enthusiasts, offering a pathway to explore Meta Given's cookbooks further.


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