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Thursday, October 29

Mary and Vincent Price’s Cookbook “A Treasury of Great Recipes” and Why Vintage Cookbooks Are the Best

I love vintage cookbooks. Like cutting boards, vintage cookbooks are fast becoming an obsession of mine. For example, when I visited Portland, OR last year, I ended up spending oodles of time (and an undisclosed amount of money!) in the cookbook section at Powell’s Books with my friend Deseree, pouring over the many old and out-of-print cookbooks that lined the shelves. Those books are so delightful for so many reasons, from fun inscriptions to interesting ingredients to vintage illustrations and photographs…I love it all!

Vincent and Mary Price's "A Treasury of Great Recipes" cookbook review and giveaway from @janemaynard

Today I am channeling that love for older cookbooks with a really fun giveaway. Dover Publications has re-released a cookbook that has been out of print for quite some time. Of course I had to check it out…that kind of thing is right up my alley!

Vincent and Mary Price's "A Treasury of Great Recipes" cookbook review and giveaway from @janemaynard

Coincidentally, during the spookiest time of year, the cookbook in question is written by the Master of Menace himself, Vincent Price, along with his wife Mary, a costume designer. Mary and Vincent Price published A Treasury of Great Recipes 50 years ago and Dover just released the anniversary edition. I have had so much fun reading through this book!

Vincent and Mary Price's "A Treasury of Great Recipes" cookbook review and giveaway from @janemaynard

The 50th anniversary edition still has the same feel as the original publication, with all the original illustrations and photography, and includes a lovely retrospective written by their daughter Victoria Price, where you learn that Vincent Price’s grandfather invented cream of tartar baking powder, was the first person to patent extracts of vanilla, lemon and other flavorings, and also wrote many cookbooks. Food runs in the family! The cookbook follows the Price’s travels through Europe, Mexico and the United States and features the menus of restaurants they visited and loved, along with recipes from those menus. As both a food lover and a graphic designer, I especially love that the actual menus are reproduced in the book. The Prices also include many of their family’s recipes and, in true vintage cookbook fashion, there is a section dedicated to (can you guess?)…napkin folding! I just love this stuff! I told you I’m a vintage cookbook junkie!

Vincent and Mary Price's "A Treasury of Great Recipes" cookbook review and giveaway from @janemaynard

While Vincent may have been a master at horror, he was also a master at sharing wonderful food with people. So, this Halloween week, we are giving away a copy of Vincent and Mary’s beautiful, classic book. Here is how to enter!

  • Simply leave a comment, any comment, on this post! If you would like to share your favorite restaurant with us in your comment, that would be very fun and in the spirit of the book!
  • Bonus entry: Like Dover Publications on Facebook. Leave a separate comment indicating you have done so.
  • Bonus entry: Follow Dover Publications on Pinterest. Leave a separate comment indicating you have done so.
  • Bonus entry: Tweet this post and giveaway using the hashtag #CookingwithVincent. Leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet.

One comment will be randomly selected to choose the winner. Comments must be posted by Midnight PT on Thursday 11/5/2015 and prize must be shipped to an address in the continental United States.

The winner of the giveaway was Comment #18 Heather B, who said, “I had no idea this edition existed, I’ve been meaning to find a copy of the original for my cookbook collection forever.” I love that she knows the book and has been keeping an eye out for it! Congratulations, Heather! I know it’s not an original edition, but I know you’ll still love it!

To buy the book, visit Dover Publications and be sure to use the code WRAQ to get 25% of your purchase before 12/07/2015.  If you have any cookbook lovers in your life (or you are one yourself!), this is a very fun book, I definitely recommend it!

Vincent and Mary Price's "A Treasury of Great Recipes" cookbook review and giveaway + 25% off coupon from @janemaynard

Thank you to Dover Publications for sponsoring this post and giveaway!


22 Comments »

  1. 1
    Nikki CB

    This looks like such a cool cookbook! And, I don’t have a #1 above all favorite restaurant, but I do love Cafe This Way in Bar Harbor, ME, where I grew up. If you go to Bar Harbor, go there! 🙂

  2. 2
    collette

    I LOVE cookbooks!! And I love The Marriner in Camden, Maine.

  3. 3
    Rose Marie

    Vintage cookbook? I’m there!

  4. 4
    Nora B

    Awesome cookbook!

  5. 5
    Nora B

    …and I follow dover on pinterest! 🙂

  6. 6
    Steph

    I love vintage cookbooks my fav restaurant is Peter Luger in Brooklyn

  7. 7
    Steph

    I liked Dover publications on Facebook

  8. 8
    Steph

    I followed Dover publications on Pinterest

  9. Have you been to this shop in NYC: http://www.bonnieslotnickcookbooks.com/

    It’s amazing! I bought a few old cookbooks (for my collection) last year.

  10. Following Dover Publications on Pinterest.

  11. 11
    Gabriella

    Found your blog accidentally. I like your plans. Thanks for a giveaway. You asked my favorite restaurant…..hmmmm…I guess my own kitchen. I love to cook and bake

  12. 12
    Sarah P.

    The cookbook looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. I collect Vintage cookbooks, and I can’t believe I don’t have this one! How fitting for Halloween. Thanks for posting the giveaway–and for all the wonderful recipes and great menu planning!

  14. 14
    Anne Pik

    My local favorite restaurant is Sawadee Thai restaurant. They never disappoint.

  15. 15
    Mona

    What a great cookbook!

  16. 16
    Cora

    My hand is raised so high I have to use my other arm to support it. PICK ME!!!!

  17. 17
    Lynn BB

    I am just starting my copper cookware collection. What a great cover photo!

  18. 18
    Heather B

    I had no idea this edition existed, I’ve been meaning to find a copy of the original for my cookbook collection forever.

  19. 19
    BONNIE ELLIS

    My husband would love this! He is the chef in the family, and we would rather cook at home than eat at restaurants. Dover is fabulous!

  20. 20
    BONNIE ELLIS

    I like Dover on facebook!

  21. 21
    Vicki Tunell

    This looks so fun! I can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  22. 22
    Aimee

    This looks like a really fun cookbook!

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