What were the most popular cookbooks in the 1950s in the US? I have seen lists that cite the many Betty Crocker cookbooks, but what about other authors (or companies)?
Elizabeth David (or was it davies) is another classic author who is is often credited with the food revolution in the UK. She may have been slightly later than 1950s however.
Her books include "Mediterranean Food", "French Country Cooking" and "Summer Cooking".
I'm guessing a little bit, but the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook and The Joy of Cooking were both in print in the 50s (both were initially printed in the 30s). As already stated Betty Crocker.
Per Wikipedia, those three have all sold very well over time:
- Better Homes and Garden - 1930 - 38 million copies
- Betty Crocker - 1955 - 27 million copies
- The Joy of Cooking - 1936 - 18 million copies
Fannie Farmer's cookbook has been popular for years and years.
The Be-Ro Book in our house in the UK - Mum referred to it all the time. I still have a copy a bit old and battered