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"Balanced Recipes by Pillsbury," 1933, is an 11-ring binder that is 9” x 6 1/4" x 2 ½” with a stamped aluminum hinged box for a cover. Unique. Tabbed dividers separate individual recipe cards of approximately 3”x5” in such sections as bread, cakes, cookies, desserts, lunch and supper dishes. macaroni and spaghetti, meat and fish, pie, salads, soups and sauces, and vegetables, plus plain cards for entering your own recipes. No one has written on any of the blank cards.

Some pages have foxing or stains you might expect with an item of this age. The black art deco logo on the aluminum front is in good shape except for a diagonal scratch shown in the photo and a few nicks on the stripes. There is some surface wear and staining to the aluminum case, but overall the condition is good. With care, the aluminum case could be cleaned, but I am leaving this to the discretion of the new owner.

Some versions of “Balanced Recipes” has another section at the end called “Menus” with cards numbered 225-238, but this one did not come with that section. Some of the cards are out of order, but they can easily be put back into order. All of the cards appear to be there except numbers 1, 214 215, 219, and 220. Almost all copies of this book are missing cards. The whole idea was for cooks to pull the cards out and use them to cook from so naturally a few may have gotten misplaced.

You will find years of enjoyment from this marvelous art deco binder.

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Balanced Recipes by Pillsbury, 1933 aluminum cover cookbook


  • Materials: aluminum, paper, ink, steel
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