Thursday, January 24, 2013

Over the Counter #147

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? It's retro and vintage this week! First up was The Retro Cookbook from the Australian Women's Weekly Magazine. (One of my own favourite cookbooks is one from the forties!)

From the Bauer Publishing Group:

"Step back in time to the fabulous fifties when the kitchen was a woman's domain and salmon mousse was the height of sophistication.
Featuring pages and recipes from original 1950s AWW cookbooks, this wonderful new titles traces our culinary journey from then to now, contrasting recipes from an era when the dinner party reigned supreme to the wonderful contemporary recipes we all like to cook and share today. As well, you will find iconic pages and advertisements from the mid 20th century which remind us just how far our cooking choices and meal-making skills have come."

Next up was Ad Boy: Vintage Advertising with Character by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain.

From Ten Speed Press:

"More than 450 American ad characters, industry icons, and product personalities hailing from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s pack the pages of this vibrant, vintage collection.

The postwar economic boom launched a generation of charming, cheeky, and relentlessly cheerful critters and characters that found their way into our homes--and our hearts--in print, on television, and on packaging. Some took detours that reflected the times (Elsie the Cow was sent into outer space in 1958). Some were fashion victims who survived (remember hippy Hush Puppies, circa 1969?). And some are no longer with us (the Frito Bandito was finally brought to justice in 1971). These endearingly offbeat characters are as fresh and entertaining today as they were creatively inspired in decades past."

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come to the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catchy your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

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