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Christmas Foods: Sources


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.

Cheeses/Aerosol Cheese:

Cheese in a Can …” Ask A Fat Guy.net

Product and nutrition information, Snackworks.com

Chex Mix:

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

Honeybacked Ham:

“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.

Mashed Potatoes:

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.

TV Dinners:

“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