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This is the Pillsbury's BEST 1000 Recipes BEST of the BAKE-OFF Collection. In 1949, homemakers across the nation paused in anticipation as 100 of America's best housewife-cooks walked excitedly into the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. They were about to bake their best recipes for Pillsbury's first Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest.

The ladies were competing for $100,000 in prizes and the title "Cook of the Year". What had been created? They all found out quickly enough. Next day the nation's press geeted the winning cook with a delighted front-page whoop and the BAKE-OFF was established.

Between the covers of this book are the 1,000 best baking recipes from the first ten Pillsbury Grand National Bake-Offs. Each famous Bake-Off prize-winning recipe is in easy to follow style. All recipes are arranged in sections. You will also find ideas and inspiration for every occasion, from every day family fare to the most elegant paryy dessert. In addition, there are service ideas and baking hints to speed and simplify your work. (intro)

Second top right photo shows the 100 finalists baking off. There were no losers that day. Each contestant got to keep the GE ranges and mixers they were using. Powder blue ranges and lemon yellow stand mixers. Could you just die? Also did I mention there are 1000 recipes? Let me put that into perspective. If you tested out one recipe a week, it would take you nineteen years to get through all the recipes.

Hardcover, no dj. Grosset and Dunlap. c 1959. 608 pages including index. 7 x 9.5".

Excellent condition. Minor cover wear, no exposed corners, nick on spine. Pages and binding tight. A few of the recipes have couple word notes written in pen. Light foxing. Couple of small stains on fore edge.

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Pillsbury's BEST 1000 Recipes Best of Bake-Off Collection 1959 / Breads, Main Dishes, Cakes, Cookies, Pies and Desserts


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