Better Homes & Garden New Cook Book (1st Edition 1953)


For years cookbooks have come and gone, but never before has there been a cookbook (series) like Better Homes and Gardens. Beginning with the My Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book in 1930. What has made this unassuming cook book such a runaway hit? For one thing, cooks loved the revolutionary ring binding that the series introduced, allowing the book to open flat on the countertop. No cookbook had ever offered this feature before.

And those clever tab dividers? Readers loved them – when closed, the book resembled a mini-filing cabinet. In short, it combined the advantages of both a book and a recipe card file for a true all-in-one kitchen resource.

The 1953 “New” edition is one of the most sought after of all the editions. It was an extremely popular and beloved cook book of the 1950-60s. It is difficult to find 1st editions of this cookbook in such great condition. They are usually well used and worn.




Better Homes & Gardens Tasting-Test Kitchen Staff, Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book, Meredith Publishing, USA, 1953, 1st, 4th printing, 416 including index. VERY GOOD/NOT ISSUED WITH DUST COVER. Hardcover 5-Ring binder, with red & white plaid hard cover with drawings of black pots & pans. Light edge wear, clean and complete. Cover page is torn loose from binder rings. All other pages have very light discoloration at edges, but otherwise in Near Fine Condition.