Hello..... Welcome to Famous Brandname Recipes on the Web!
Free or low cost recipe pamphlets and booklets have long been another popular way for food companies to supply home cooks with new ways to use their products. Manufacturers of cooking and baking ingredients began offering small recipe booklets in the late 1880s.
Most of the cookbooks in my Mother's recipe drawer were from promotions like these. Many were from mail order offers on boxes or labels or in magazines and newspapers. Some were given away free at grocery stores, fairs or festivals.
This picture is from the front page of a "Spry" cookbook from the 1930s. Spry, a solid vegetable shortening made by Lever Brothers is no longer made, but many other brand names that have been advertising their products with promotional cookbooks for decades... through the great depression, the wartime era, and the fabulous fifties are still alive and well today, and they still want to give us their recipes. Although cook booklet offers can still be found, most brand names have also taken a time-honored tradition into cyberspace. Everyone from Charlie the Tuna to Chiquita Banana to The Pillsbury Dough Boy has a website and they all offer free recipes. The vintage cookbooks shown on these brand name pages are links to the online cookbooks for those same bands.
There´s never been a better source for brand name recipes. The internet is a round-the-clock, easy to use virtual cookbook.
Brand name food manufacturers are not the only links in the food chain with great websites. Fruit and vegetable growers, from berries to watermelons... artichokes to Vidalias, have websites with recipes that need what they grow. Many state agriculture organizations have outstanding websites with large recipe collections, information about ripeness and determining freshness, facts about nutrition, storage and handing tips and much more. Some also include colorful charts demonstrating different varieties of their fruit or vegetables. Many have special kid's pages with fun recipes, coloring and games.
Stores that sell the brand names also have websites. Nearly every supermarket chain offers free online recipes and cooking tips. Some feature new weekly menus with recipes. Others have complete online cookbooks.
Most cookware and small appliance manufacturers have online recipe collections tailored to the kind of cookware or appliances they make. If you've lost the instruction manual for your food processor, mixer, deep fryer or other small appliance, you can usually download a new one at the manufacturer's website too.
Most popular magazine websites include recipes from past issues. Some have huge recipe archives. A few restaurant websites also offer free recipes. A popular sporting goods giant has pages full of fish and wild game recipes on their site.
As you surf through the sites of the brands you know and love, you might find a lost or forgotten recipe. You´ll also find enticing new recipes.... recipes that will send you straight to the supermarket for all the brand name ingredients you'll need to make them!
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