Thoughts for Food by unknown Houghton Mifflin Company 1946 Menu Cook Book

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Uncover the charm of Thoughts for Food, a vintage menu cookbook published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1946. This hardcover menu and cook book, complete with a dust jacket, offers a unique historical perspective on post-Depression-era cuisine and social customs. 

With 125 menus and accompanying recipes, this book is designed for the homemaker and hostess of the mid-20th century, providing insights into efficient home management and gourmet meal preparation. Though out of print and hard to find, this cookbook allows even novice cooks to impress their guests with ease.


  • Title: Thoughts for Food
  • Publication Date: 1946
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 372
  • Dimensions: 6 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Wear on the dust jacket (check photos for specifics)

Three Key Elements:

  1. Thoughts for Food provides 125 menus and recipes that transport readers to the mid-20th century, showcasing the culinary traditions of the time.
  2. This cookbook offers a glimpse into the changing social norms and food practices as America emerged from the Depression era.
  3. Enhance your vintage cookbook collection with this rare find, a testament to historical culinary arts and home management.

Discover the ease of preparing gourmet meals from a bygone era, and impress your guests with these timeless recipes.

In Summation:

Thoughts for Food is a fascinating cookbook that combines historical insight with practical recipes. Perfect for collectors and culinary enthusiasts, this 1946 edition offers a unique look at mid-20th-century dining and home management. Add this rare book to your collection today and enjoy a taste of history.

Reading Recommendation:

Learn how to store Thoughts for Food and other old books properly to keep them in good condition for future generations. Check out our article: "Expert Tips: How To Care for Old Books and Their Legacy"

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