First, the old books:
Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book–for all those cookie recipes! I got my hands on a 1963 edition.
The Cheese Cookbook, by Good Housekeeping and the Culinary Arts Institute. On of several 1956 pamphlet-style cookbooks that went in a big green binder.
Now, the books you can actually order today (without pouring through boxes of books at garage sales)
The Century in Food: America’s Fads and Favorites by Beverly Bundy. Not a cookbook, but a great source of information!
Encyclopedia of Bad Taste by Jane & Michael Stern
Square Meals : America’s Favorite Comfort Cookbook also by Jane & Michael Stern
Better Than Homemade by Carolyn Wyman. And like the Sterns’ books, a fairly critical look at the plasticization of food.
Articles from Newspapers, Magazines, and Internet Sites:
Biscuits: “Refrigerated Biscuits part of food history.” Toledo Blade, Nov. 11, 2008.
“Cheese in a Can …” Ask A Fat Guy.net
Product and nutrition information, Snackworks.com
“Chex Mix,” Food Timeline.org (also covers other cereal snacks)
“Original Chex Party Mix,” Chex.com
“The Authentic Original Original 1952 Chex Party Mix,” Deep Dish South
Cool Whip: “Cool Whip,” by Patrick Di Justo. Wired Magazine, April 17, 2007.
Green Bean Casserole:
“Campbell’s Family Tradition,” Chief Marketer. Nov. 1, 2003
“Holiday Traditions,” Campbell’s Kitchen.com
“Ham for the Holiday” by Deborah Hartz, Sun-Sentinel (FL), March 17, 2005
“Keeping the Brand in the Family,” John Carroll University, Entrepreneurs Assoc., Jan. 14, 2004.
Ad from New York Times, April 23, 1961, pg. 298
“Two Cooks and a Bath,” (redirects to “Food Dehydration Technology”) American Chemical Assoc, National Historic Chemical Landmarks
“Aaron S. Lapin, Reddi-Whip Creator, Dies at 85.” New York Times, July 14, 1999, pg A21
Charles Goetz Papers, Iowa State University eLibrary
Turkey: “Butterball Timeline,” Butterball Corp.
“A landmark idea, yes, but whose..?” by Roy Riverburg Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 2003, Style, pg. E1
“Gilbert C. Swanson,” Clinton House Museum of Fayetteville, AR
“Who Invented the TV DInner?” Everyday Mysteries, Library of Congress.gov