|Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook|
The 1953, sixth printing, first edition of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook contained black and white photographs on nearly every single page of the 400-page cookbook, with only a full colour photograph at the start of every chapter.
|The Modern Family Cookbook|
Similarly, The Modern Family Cookbook by Meta Given, published the same year, contains only 36 colour photographs to over 1000 recipes. There is a very low ratio of pictures to text or recipes. (Sullivan, H. 2010) Cookbook collectors have found these sorts of cookbooks hard to get hold of now, yet many cherish the food photographs in them.
|Page from Mrs Beeton’s All about Cookery|
In the 1960’s, colour photographs seem to be more prevalent, Mrs Beeton’s All about Cookery, fourth impression, published in 1964, has colour photographs throughout, which was not seen in older versions of the book. Other significant cookbooks of the time were Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks.
With thanks again to Amy Alessio for her knowledge of vintage cookbooks