Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book
1 journaler for this copy...
It has a lot of history for our family because it's a reprint of the same version that my mother and her mother before her used for lots of family-favorite recipes. This is definitely a Permanent Collection resident of my shelf.
You can't beat it for unintentional entertainment value, either. It was originally published in 1950, and this version is very true to that one, from the pictures of the finished products (reminding me to check out www.lileks.com) to the cutesy (or, at times even sexist or chauvinistic) commentary from original submitters of recipes and advice from the authors to their reader base:
If you are a Good Mathematician, You May Safely
REDUCE RECIPES INCREASE RECIPES To make half a recipe: To double a recipe: Use exactly one-half of the amount of each ingrent. Use exactly twice the amount of each ingredient.
Whoa. Call in the Mathletes. This could get tricky.