Vintage Rumford Cookbook


One of our community grande dames, MMHoney, gave me three copies of the vintage Rumford Cookbook. Two of these copies are from the 1948 edition while the third is the 1918 edition. (The two copies in red above are the 1948 editions.) If you are a vintage cookbook collector, stay tuned. I HAVE A GIVEAWAY.

I examined the cookbooks for clues. I’d never heard of Rumford!

The first few pages tell us about Count Rumford. Benjamin Thompson was “the American ennobled by the courts of Europe because of his pioneer discoveries in cooking.” His accomplishments include being the first to study diet, to invent an effective oven, roaster, and tea kettle, to advocate drip coffee, and to suggest holes in the handles of pots and pans so they could be hung. He designed efficient kitchens, the modern air-tight stove, and the construction of oven doors.

But is this all true? Was there really a Count Rumford? Or was he like Cap’n Crunch who sailed the seven seas in the good ship Guppy and discovered crunch berries? Count Rumford was, in fact, a real person, but the Rumford Cookbook was written by Lily Hayworth Wallace (a food specialist and consultant) for Rumford Chemical Works, which developed and sold Rumford baking powder. The first edition was printed in 1908 and it continued to print subsequent editions until the late 1940s.

Baking powder was invented in the 1840s and was sold in two separate envelopes because baking soda and cream of tartar could only be combined at the last minute before baking. In the mid-nineteenth century, a chemist named Eben Horsford developed the concept of replacing cream of tartar with calcium-acid phosphate, and with the addition of cornstarch was able to make a combination baking powder that could be sold in one package. Together with his business partner, George Wilson, he started manufacturing this new combined baking powder at Rumford Chemical Works. Rumford joined with Calumet in 1950, which was the end of the Rumford name in the baking aisle and explains why we’ve never heard of Rumford today.* (see update note)

But my, oh my, do we owe them our cookies. And their cookbooks are a piece of culinary history.

The Rumford Cookbook does not, by the way, limit itself to baking recipes, despite its promotional foundations. It endeavors, according to the 1918 foreward, to present “the best dishes of their kind rather than take up space for repetition of the same general recipe” and covers the gamut from soups and salads to meats and vegetables to pastries, breads, cakes, and pies. It’s a fascinating look into the heartbeat of the kitchens of its time with lots of quaint extras. (What is a gill? A half a cup! Odd, that.)

*Update to note: This is an interesting page here. Apparently sometime after 1950, Rumford changed hands again and is now owned by Clabber Girl while Calumet was taken over by Kraft. According to that site, Rumford is still available (who knew? not me!) in New England and the Northeastern U.S. (though it sounds as if from the comments it can be found elsewhere). I’ve never seen it. Now I feel obsessed with the idea that I need some.

I’m keeping the 1918 Rumford Cookbook for my collection, but I’m giving away both copies of the 1948 edition–one here, on this post, and another today on Farm Bell Recipes. TWO chances to win! (One winner will be drawn from comments on this post, and another winner will be drawn from comments on the matching post at Farm Bell Recipes.)

For a chance to win here: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. ONE winner will be drawn from comments on THIS post by random comment number to receive one of the 1948 Rumford Cookbooks. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (December 13). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (December 14). Return to this post to claim your prize!

For a second chance to win the second 1948 Rumford Cookbook, go to Farm Bell Recipes and leave a comment there for another shot!

UPDATE 12/14/10: The winning comment number, drawn by, is #107, Charley. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!

Find the second winner at Farm Bell Recipes here.



  1. bonita says:

    Wow! Rumford had interests far and wide. In physics he is remembered for recognizing that motion (as in boring a cannon) could generate enough heat to boil water. I’ll pass on cookboook…I would dearly love one but I have to stick to paring down. (rats)

  2. Bev in CA says:

    Dear Suzanne, I have news for you. Rumford is still in the baking ailes. For years I have been using Rumford Baking Powder. The reason I use it is because it does not contain any aluminum. It says on the red container, Aluminum-Free. All other baking powders do contain Aluminum. Not sure why they add it. Probably a preservative. I had to go look at my container. Amazing, found out it is produced by Clabber Girl Corp. in Terre Haute,IN. Does a great job when baking. Bet there are a lot of great recipes.

  3. Raeann says:

    Like Bev, above, I have Rumford in my cupboard! I used to stock it in the grocery stores, too, when I was a vendor! Now I purchase mine from a food co-op. But since Bev and I are on the West Coast, perhaps that is where it is sold now?
    I would love to win one of the cookbooks! What a fun and generous giveaway! Off now to Farm Bell Recipes to try again!

  4. Sheila Z says:

    Nope, I’m in upstate NY and Rumford is here on the shelves. I buy it all the time. Old cookbooks are fun. I pick one up occasionally at used book stores.

  5. Blessings says:

    I’m not familiar with the name but I would love a cookbook…

  6. Laura Newton says:

    I have never heard of either, but love old cookbooks.

  7. Jane says:

    The only thing I do collect is vintage cookbooks, so add my name to the hat please! I have Rumford BP and cornstarch in my cupboard. I guess they brought the name back at some time. Anyway.. I have Rumford which MUST mean this book is meant for me?!

  8. Therese says:

    I have some Rumford in my cabinet, and I bet I’ll need a pick axe to dig any out of the can. Humidity! I’d love a cookbook.

  9. melody says:

    I would love an old cookbook. I had to leave mine all behind in wisconsin when I moved to West Virgina.

  10. Kathy says:

    I love vintage cookbooks! :snoopy:

  11. Vicki says:

    I know a store nearby where I can buy Rumford baking powder! What fun cookbooks, I would love one.

  12. Deborah R says:

    Throwing my wooden spoon in the ring for a chance to win “The Rumford Cook Book” – thanks for the chance!

  13. glenda says:

    I use Rumford too because it is aluminum free.

    Put my name in the hat for the the cookbook.

  14. Minna says:

    I love cookbooks! This sounds interesting!

  15. Teri says:

    would love to win this!

  16. Darlene in North Ga says:

    I’d love to win this book. I have some Rumford in my cabinet even as I type this. And I live in GA, so it’s not just the west coast that has it. I buy it because it’s aluminum free.

  17. judydee says:

    The things I learn from all you folks!! I’d loveto win the cookbook, AND I’ll be looking for Rumford baking powder. Haven’t seen it here, but didn’t know to look for it.

  18. Ms. Donnie says:

    Would love to have this cookbook. My mother had an old, old cookbook when I was a child. Had lots of interesting and fun stuff in it along with great recipes.

  19. Wendy says:

    Wow…I would just love this book..Something new to learn

  20. Richelle says:

    I love old cookbooks! Hope I’ll win!

  21. Margaret Rusnak says:

    Put my name in the drawing for the cookbook!

  22. Ruthdigs says:

    Oh wow – I’d so love to win this. I have a collection of vintage and up to date cookbooks and it’s the old one’s that fascinate as a social history. Fingers crossed! :happyflower:

  23. Peggy says:

    I own many vintage cookbooks, but have not heard of Rumford. I would be interested in winning one to add to the collection. Oh by the way, I use many recipes from my older books, because they use the simple ingredients that I always have on my shelf.

  24. carol harrison says:

    I have Rumford in my cupboard. I remember the red cookbook that my mother used all of the time. I am 72 and recall the pages were speckled with batter and stains from years of cooking use. I would love one of the books. It brings back fond memories for me. Thank you for providing this to a lucky winner.

  25. Vera McPike says:

    Ooooh, I’d love to win a vintage Rumford cookbook!! I remember seeing the Rumford baking powder tin in the kitchen when I was a kid! Love old cookbooks.

  26. Maureen says:

    I would love to win this interesting book.

  27. CindyP says:

    I haven’t heard of or seen Rumford Baking Powder. I Googled it, and yep, it’s available, but I’ve never seen that can! It is part of Clabbergirl now though and we have that in the grocery stores here.

    Would LOVE to have the cookbook! I love, love, the old cookbooks!

  28. carla says:

    I would love a chance to win. I have Rumford in my cupboard that I just purchased. Thanks.

  29. dkyoung says:

    What a neat old cookbook! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  30. christina h says:

    I would love to win this and add it to my collection of cookbooks

  31. B. Ruth says:

    Shucks……I was hoping for the 1918 Rumford! LOL…but I would love to have the 1948 one….All I have are the little brochures about Rumford Baking Powder as well as some other ones…I keep mine in a scrapbook of old pamphlets and brochures….The graphics are amazing and some of the recipes can be converted to these days with a little tweaking….Thanks Suzanne

  32. Teresa from Lancaster, PA says:

    I just love cookbooks and would love to add a Rumford to my collection. Thank you for the history lesson and for the chance to win. Have a great day!

  33. Tonja says:

    I love old cookbooks and would love a chance to win one of these…

  34. Tonja says:

    I would love a chance to win one of these…love old cookbooks

  35. Myrna Mackenzie says:

    Yes. Rumford is available here, too (Chicago suburbs). I’m pretty sure I bought it at a Whole Foods when I needed gluten-free baking powder. But very interesting info about the man. I had no idea (even though his silhouette is on the can).

  36. Denise says:

    I love cookbooks and so does my Mom. If I win, I will give it to her for her collection.

  37. Sherie Adams says:

    I had never heard of Rumford – but I HAVE heard of vintage cook books. Yes, please enter me for one!

  38. Mark Garner says:

    I would love to have this for my collection!

  39. Kochernut Mama says:

    Thanks for giving us TWO chances to win :0) I most definitely need another cookbook ;0)

  40. Vicki says:

    I’d never heard of Rumford but now that I have, I hope to have one for my cookbook collection!

  41. Marlena says:

    I collect cookbooks and would LOVE this πŸ™‚

  42. tsmith says:

    I would love this cookbook! Thank you!

  43. melissashea68 says:

    I would love to have this cookbook!

  44. Jan Petersen says:

    I love cookbooks, especially old ones. Had never heard of Rumford but sounds fascinating.

  45. Kathy McDonald says:

    I would love the cookbook!!! Thanks for having the giveaway!

  46. kris morgan says:

    I love old cookbooks

  47. Joycee says:

    We have it here in Arkansas too! I have my Grandma Keeling’s old Calmulet and Clabber Girl cookbooks that I must look through and try recipes. I treasure those but put them away rather than enjoying them. Thanks Suzanne for the reminder!

  48. Miss Judy says:

    I would love to have the cookbook. I collect older cookbooks but don’t have any before 1935.

  49. Carol Radtke says:

    I would love the vintage cookbook. The oldest one I havein my collection is 1955.

  50. BethieofVA says:

    I would not like or love it. I would ADORE it!

  51. Basic Living says:

    I have heard of and used Rumford baking powder, but I had no idea of the man/history behind it. The cookbook sounds fascinating!

  52. Donna Davis says:

    I love anything ‘vintage’, especially cook books! Love the wording in the old recipes and such. It’s entertaining as well as interesting! Would love to be a winner of this particular cook book!

  53. CraftyK says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! We have Rumford Baking Powder here in GA, too!

  54. Amy says:

    The cookbook looks like fun, I have seen Rumford may even have some.

  55. Leslie Jones says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE OLD cookbooks! Please enter me, Suzanne! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  56. Miss HomeEcs Daughter says:

    This would make an awesome addition to my collection. I would like to be considered…

  57. Turtle Mom says:

    I use Rumford Baking Powder! I would love to win this cookbook!

  58. LeaAnn says:

    I like reading old cookbooks too and would like to win.

  59. Nita in SC says:

    I would love that cookbook!

  60. CntryLadi says:

    I would love to have this book. :snoopy:

  61. Joy says:

    I would love to win this cookbook! how cool!!

  62. Martha in KS says:

    It’s so fun reading old cookbooks – a teacup of this, a glass of that. I’d really like to win this book.

  63. Lisa Cummings says:

    I collect cookbooks,so I would love to win this one!

  64. Annie says:

    I’d love a 1948 cookbook!

  65. windspiritwhimsies says:

    Vintage cookbooks are wonderful! Would love to see what magic awaits inside!

  66. Rebecca says:

    Love, love, love old cookbooks. If I win it I will put it on the shelf right beside the 1948 Good Houskeeping Cookbook the belonged to my Grandmother, where I can check it often for
    out-of-the-ordinary recipes!

  67. Kat says:

    I love old cookbooks! Pick me, pick me!

  68. Imperious Fig says:

    I would love to win a vintage cookbook! Rumford baking powder is available in northern WV and is the brand that I trust the most!

  69. Heidi says:

    what an amazing giveaway! Please enter me in this one.

    I love old cookbooks. I have my great-grandmother’s cookbook that was published in the 1880’s.

  70. annabel52 says:

    I vowed not to add to my collection of cookbooks, but if I win it will be you that adds to my collection. Think my hubby will buy that?
    I would love to add it to my shelf of vintage cookbooks.

  71. Maria says:

    Rumford is here in CT, too!!! The vintage cookbook is wonderful. I would love it!

  72. Carmi says:

    I too will also be looking for Rumsford in my grocery aisle. Please enter me for the cookbook drawing. Thanks

  73. Sailsagain says:

    I truly enjoy old books – and cookbooks are a special treat! They usually have recipes for the best down-to-earth foods.
    I liked your link to the Baking Powder page. The tip about stirring baking powder into hot water to check for freshness is great!
    I have always used a marker to mark the date on the can as soon as I’ve opened it, in order to avoid wasting ingredients (and time) by using inactive powder, but this test will be a double-check. I’ve had a few of those “should I or shouldn’t I?” moments when my baking powder has been open for 3 or 4 months.

  74. katherine jenson says:

    I would love to win this cookbook. The old ones are just the best!

  75. Patricialynn says:

    I’m pretty sure I have seen that cookbook before, on my Grandmother’s kitchen shelf. Unfortunately, I don’t know where it went after her death – probably to one of her daughters (she had eight kids total).

    Having that book would be like having a piece of my Grandma living in my kitchen. How cool would that be?

  76. LisaAJB says:

    Suzanne, that is VERY cool. I hope I win.

  77. Angie T says:

    How cool is that?! I would Love to have it for my collection.

  78. Mim says:

    Please include me in the contest..

  79. Gayle says:

    We have Rumford brand here in San Diego @ Albertson’s. It even comes in aluminum free. I make breakfast muffins once a week and freeze them, I use Rumford’s. Woo! Include me in contest, please. πŸ™‚

  80. Gerry says:

    I love old cookbooks. I would love to have this one.

  81. Kristen says:

    Please enter me? 98 Percent of the recipes I make are vintage, and there’s always room for another vintage cookbook on my shelves! Thanks for the generous giveaway! πŸ™‚

  82. Sarah K says:

    I would like to win the cookbook.

  83. Faith says:

    I can’t get Rumford baking powder :no: The only options are the Clabber Girl and store brand, both with aluminum. I don’t understand why Clabber Girl makes one with aluminum and one without, it’s my understanding that without aluminum is always superior. Please include me in the cookbook drawing!

  84. kim smith says:

    I would love a new cookbook for X-Mas!!

  85. LeAnn says:

    I haven’t seen Rumford on the local grocery store shelves, but I buy it in a 5lb tub from a food co-op. I know 5lbs is a lot, but it’s cheap and I can share it w/my daughters, mom, the neighbors, whoever needs some baking powder! It’s also double acting, so it makes beautiful biscuits. I also like that it doesn’t have aluminum in it.

  86. NBC in Roane County says:


  87. Sharon R says:

    I love to read old cookbooks, they’re fascinating. Thanks for giving us a chance at this one!

  88. BJ Cunningham says:

    Would love to win one! I collect interesting books of all kinds (previously owning an online book store), & hubby collects cookbooks (& reads them for leisure! often trying recipes he finds interesting).

  89. Julie Hardie says:

    How cool is that! The old cookbooks are the BEST!!! They really knew how to cook without all the flair we have these days…no microwave or food processors…LOVE IT!

  90. leavesofthefall says:

    Love the history…. enter me in the drawing, please. πŸ™‚

  91. GrannyB says:

    I would cherish a copy of this cookbook.

  92. Crystal says:

    I have some Rumford in my pantry too. I’d LOVE to win this. I’m a wee bit obsessive about cookbooks. I purge and purge, but then buy and buy. I can’t help it, I love them! Especially vintage ones. My vintage collection is still pretty small, because they are harder to find (and pricey when I do!)

  93. Blyss says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. I too use Rumford as it is aluminum free.

  94. Becky (central oregon) says:

    I love he old ones….
    finding out what was important for the time… and what everyday things are no more…
    would love to have this for my by the bed reading…

  95. Carol H says:

    This is such a neat giveaway! I love finding old cookbooks in thrift stores. Please enter me, thanks!

  96. Bonny Drake says:

    What a find for a collection!! I would love to have it for my collection.

  97. Melissa says:

    OK deary, I would love this cookbook. Thanks for sharing the history I loved it.

  98. QuietStorm says:

    Please!!!!! I Love old cookbooks

    Thank you Suzanne & MMHoney!

  99. Nena Rybarczyk says:

    what about that. you learn something new every day. I collect old cookbooks and this would be a great one to add to my collection.

  100. Zusiqu says:

    Please enter me in this contest! It would be a cool book to own!

  101. Merlin says:

    Awesome!! Not sure if I have heard of Rumford, but I’ve used both types of Clabber Girl baking powder, and love the history of it linking to Rumford! I don’t know if they have any Rumford here in central Texas, but I’ll keep a look out. While I am not a vintage cook book collector, I have a few vintage cook books and would love to win one! :sun:

  102. Kathleen H In Indiana says:

    Would love this cookbook to add to my collection! So interesting, I always learn new tidbits when visiting your site. Thanks! :sun:

  103. Rebecca Kirk says:

    I got chills reading this! The history of it all. And the chemistry! This is an awesome book. I would LOVE a to win one of these.

  104. Charley says:

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook! The older ones are the best πŸ™‚

  105. Amy says:

    I love old cookbooks, but my sister loves them more and this would be a great Christmas gift or even Birthday gift to her!

  106. JOJO says:

    :woof: :woof:
    I have been collecting cookbooks for 60 years, and have some very old ones. I can sit for hour and read them, it takes me back to a different place and time. So many of them offer chapters other than recipes on such home and health care and organizing a kitchen, amazing how very different cooking was, it was an all day ordeal. Then there was taking care of the home and doing the laundry! Not much rest for Mom in the old days.

  107. Ashlee M says:

    I’d love to check out this cookbook! Count me in =)

  108. Angela says:

    Hey Suzanne!

    I’ll look for it the next time I’m out to see if I can find it here in the Charleston area and let you know if I find it.

    Please enter me in the giveaway too! :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy:

    Angela :wave:

  109. Cyndi B says:

    I’m in Michigan and haven’t seen Rumford on the shelves. Count me in on the giveaway…I love vintage cookbooks!

  110. Marion says:

    My Mom would love this to add to her collection!

  111. Meghan says:

    Hello, Suzanne-

    Well, how is everyone out in the hills with your six inches of snow? Can I win a cookbook, please?! Best Christmas present ever for my mom.

    Thanks so much!

  112. Donnely Barber says:

    Oh I love vintage cookbooks…. I have a few that belonged to my great grandmother, my daughter has all the rest.
    What a delightful giveaway!

    Thank you

  113. pdelainey says:

    The cookbook sounds amazing. I would love to win one.

  114. Landodixy says:

    I really want to win this Rumford Cookbook!

  115. sal says:

    Nice! I love finding and researching old books. Always have an eye out for them at garage sales etc. Hate to be selfish but I hope I win!

  116. Rita Withrow says:

    I would love to win one of these cookbooks. I have a couple of other old cookbooks and I love finding old recipes to use. :snoopy:

  117. Luann says:

    What a beautiful cookbook, I too own some old cookbooks, I will find out the year when I get to unpack in the next few weeks, they were from my grandmother, I never met, she passed when my father was a teen but I have always felt a kinship/sisterhood with her. I have been blessed with a beautiful picture of her also, one I would sit for hours and look at. Thankyou for sharing this wonderful old book. I just bought a copy of,” The American Frugal Housewife” by Lydia Maria Child, of course it is a reprint by Dover Publications but a wonderful old book, I enjoy reading…Have a wonderful day all!

  118. Diane says:

    I would like to win this cookbook.

  119. Miss Becky says:

    vintage cookbooks are awesome, just like this most generous giveaway. Thanks Suzanne and MMHoney, for the chance to win a cookbook! I just love those photos of her, and I only wish she were my neighbor :yes: :hug: :wave:

  120. Rosemeri B. says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these. I love vintage cookbooks. They are so interesting.

  121. Su says:

    We used Rumford baking powder all the time when I was little. I’d LOVE the book!

  122. AimeeS says:

    Hi Suzanne!
    I would really like to have one of these!!

  123. Amanda says:

    Oh, wow! I’d love a copy, please.

  124. Ramona says:

    I luv cookbooks. What a great give-a-way.

  125. June McWhirt says:

    Old cookbooks are my favorite thing to collect.

  126. Julia says:

    oh, yes, please! Thank you

  127. Kathi N., says:

    I would love to include this in my collection. Please include me in the drawing! (Thank you)

  128. Tobey says:

    What a treasure! I would certainly like to win one of these cookbooks.

    Thank you.

  129. ellie says:

    Wow! I love old cook books. My mom has one that has the best Irish-soda bread I’ve ever had in it. Please sign me up! And thanks!

  130. Amber says:

    I’d love a copy! I am obsessed with old cookbooks!

  131. Kathryn says:

    Would love to win the cookbook! I’m on the West Coast and have never seen Rumford baking powder.

  132. Stacy says:

    I would LOVE a cookbook. I have hundreds of old cookbooks, most of them from churches in the upper mid-west. My grandma picks them for me at garage sales. I love reading them, especially the ones from farmers’ wives (this makes 12 loaves of bread!).

  133. brookdale says:

    Would love a cookbook…I collect the old ones. Rumford baking powder is available here, in a red box I believe.

  134. Sally says:

    I have “Rumford” in my cabinet…but is a tin I refill with bulk I buy from a co-op. Would love an old cookbook. How cool would that be!

  135. brookdale says:

    I tried to enter on the other page too, but it would not accept my name/password. Do I have to re-register for each blog page separately???

  136. cricketjett says:

    I would also like to add this cookbook to my collection!!

  137. Daria says:

    If I win I’ll send you a can of Rumford straight from Maine. πŸ˜€

  138. glenie says:

    I would love, love, love the old cook

  139. WFDixon says:

    Rumsford used to be a baking soda company, yes? Maybe this its THE Rumsford? I’d love to win a copy of that cookbook! Ahhhh!

  140. Sandra says:

    I still buy Rumford whenever I find a little country store. It’s a fondness from my childhood and my Grandmother Hattie’s WV kitchen. When I can’t find Rumford, I buy Clabber Girl…can’t fight nostalgia!
    It would be wonderful to win one of those little jewels so, please, count me in the drawing. Merry Christmas!

  141. ticka1 says:

    I love old cookbooks and would love the chance to win this one.

    Thanks for posting about this – I love reading about old historical cookbooks.


  142. auntbear says:

    Thanks for the baking powder lesson.Now I want to try to make some since I bought cream of tartar yesterday.

  143. Sharon Dziekonski says:

    I would LOVE this! Old cookbooks are the best when you live in the country and the nearest grocery store is miles away!

    -Sharon Dz., NY

  144. lavenderblue says:

    Old cookbooks are always best, with some minor adjustments. Sometimes the flour measurements are a little different in some of my old ones. I used to use Rumsford all the time. It was listed as an ‘exemplary’ brand of baking powder in Nikki and David Goldbeck’s “Guide to Good Food”. At least I think that that was the title of the book. They were two ‘foodies’ from the ’70’s, and my sister and I did everything they said to do. For about a week and a half. But buying Rumsford stayed with me until I just didn’t see it one week at the grocery store. I wonder if I asked, if the manager would be willing to stock it for me.

  145. Julia says:

    I love old cookbooks, AND LEARNING ALL THE “TIME SAVING” TIPS AND HOW TO BE A WONDERFUL WIFE. I read them like some read a good mystery novel, cover to cover.

  146. ScreamingSardine says:

    What a great giveaway! Yes, please enter me for the 1948 Rumford Cookbook.

  147. Cin says:

    Please count me in.
    Thanks Cin :snoopy: :butterfly:

  148. KELLY says:

    I really enjoy reading vintage cookbooks , but if I win I would like it to be sent to my sister Britt in North Carolina . She collects vintage cookboooks and I have given her a few over the years. She is having some troubles right now and winning a vintage cookbook would , I am sure ………..put a smile on her face .

  149. Grammie Earth says:

    So sweet of MMHONEY to give them to you…she probably knew you would share them! I’d love to have one of the copies.

  150. Grammie Earth says:

    It would be great to have this book. Thanks MMHoney and Suzanne!

  151. Barbie says:

    I would love to win the 1948 Rumford Cookbook. I’ve been using Rumford baking soda for years! It’s available in the grocery stores here in NE Ohio. I have a vintage set of my Mom’s cookbooks that I use all the time.

  152. mommafox says:

    I have several cookbooks that belonged to my Mom. Another one would look right at home with hers. Please enter me for a chance to win.

  153. Darlene says:

    I love old cookbooks! Count me in.

    Darlene in Ks

  154. Darlene says:

    Love vintage cookbooks! Count me in.

    Darlene in Ks

  155. jan~n~tn says:

    Serious collector of cookbooks, here!
    Old or New, they all fit in my life.
    I would love to receive one of these.

  156. Diane Edwards says:

    I have Runford baking powder in my pantry, and I live in California. I got it from the local health food store; it’s aluminum-free and supposedly better for you. I would love to win the cookbook!!

  157. Jan says:

    Sounds facinating, would love to have this cookbook.

  158. Mary Lund says:

    Hey Suzanne,

    I do use Rumford’s baking powder that I buy at New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City. Hope this makes me the lucky winner:)

  159. Claudia says:

    I have a collection of Rumford baking powder cans and Clabber girls cans and advertising memorabilia. I’d love to win a cookbook to add to my collection.

  160. Beth says:

    That would be so much fun to read and cook from! I’m in. A huge thanks to MMHoney for donating. πŸ™‚

  161. Judy McCormick says:

    I would love this – 1948 was a very good year!!!

  162. jeepdriver says:

    I’ve look to peek at this old cookbook. Susan W.

  163. Bobbi says:

    My Mom has a HUGE red rumford tin on her hoosier. I’d love to have the cookbook to give her for Christmas!

  164. Sonyaw says:

    Please include me in your drawing:) Have a great Day!

  165. Gem says:

    I hope I win! I live near a town named Rumford!

  166. jan~n~tn says:

    Can you enter more than once, per URL, per page?

  167. Anna says:

    I would so love to win this. Cookbooks are my weakness!

  168. Jeanne says:

    A vintage cookbook sounds wonderful! Please count me in.

  169. Mafong says:

    I would love to add this book to my collection of cookbooks.

  170. Maria says:

    I would love to win the cookbook!

  171. Gen-IL Homesteader says:

    :snoopy: What fun! Thanks for a fun giveaway! Please enter my name! Thanks!

  172. wvdreamer says:

    Would love a Rumford. Thanks for the opportunity..I have a ton of cookbooks but my favorite is the oldest ethnic one. Incidentally, it’s the only one I have where the still use the word l#*d [shhh, you know… lard]. Love it!

  173. Sheila says:

    I would like to be entered please πŸ™‚ , I think it would be cool to own a vintage cookbook (to see how things were cooked and baked when my mom was a little girl) :).

  174. Whaledancer says:

    It’s nice to find so many other vintage cookbook enthusiasts. Most people just look puzzled when I say I collect old cookbooks, like “WHY?!!”

    My 1917 Universalist church ladies’ aid church cookbook has my great-grandmother’s recipe for “Buckeye Baking Powder”:
    “6 oz. tartaric acid, 8 oz. English bi-carbonate soda, 16 oz. corn starch; sift together at least 10 times through fine sieve. I have made and used this constantly for more than twenty years. It never fails if materials are pure, sieve fine, and one is willing to sift it till thoroughly mixed. I had sieve made at tine shop; it wears ‘forever’ with care.”

    Or you could buy it ready-made from the Pastor’s Aid and Mission Circle for 35 cents a pound, as a fund-raiser.

  175. farmershae says:

    I would LOVE to win this! I am a cookbookaholic! Thank you!!!!

  176. mygirls01 says:

    put me in for the giveaway please!

  177. Mother of a ROCKSTAR says:

    Please put me in too.

  178. Spiderjohn says:

    I would love that cookbook.

  179. BuckeyeGirl says:

    I’ll sign up for a chance to win this suzanne! I love the old books myself.

    Thanks for the opportunity! :sun:

  180. Clarissa says:

    I use Rumford (Aluminum-Free) Baking Powder all the time her in CA. It comes in a nice little red container with the counterfeit of Count Rumford above the brand name and a “golden” plastic lid on top. Thank you for the chance to win such a precious cookbook. I would sure like to win it.

  181. Nikki says:

    I love vintage cookbooks! Enter me please.

  182. Lesa says:

    Your post inspired me to pull out my 1918 Rumford Complete Cookbook, fascinating. I would love to win the 1948 version – enter me in please!

  183. Senta Sandberg says:

    I have come to looking at cook book in junk stores now that I reak your blog. I even gave a few at xmas time last year. I have become partial to hand writing in books. I would love to win a book .

  184. Meg Hildreth says:

    I would love a Rumford Cookbook. I kinda collect vintage cookbooks.

  185. Christa H. says:

    I would love this. I teach 9th grade Foods classes.

  186. tinamanley says:

    I would love to have the Rumford Cookbook. I collect and cook from old cookbooks on my farm in South Carolina. Love your blog!


  187. Janice Jewett says:

    I would love the chance to win but if I don’t congradulations to the one who does!

  188. AnnieB says:

    Wow – just home from a week away and would love to sneak under the wire to win this!!! Thanks for the chance!

  189. drucillajoy says:

    oh yeah, we have Rumford around here. I have a big red empty can, probally 5 lb., that I bought at a co-op one time…took a long time to use it up. I’m not real sure where it even is anymore, out in the garage I think.
    I’d love to win the book & if I don’t, I might see if I can find it on or ebay…it sounds very interesting….Thanks MMHoney for your gift :yes:

  190. Terry Stites says:

    Please put me in the contest pool. Thank you

  191. Kathy W. says:

    We have Rumford in NH! Who knew it had collectable status in the southern tier?

  192. Hannah Elise says:

    Please include me in the drawing! Thanks. πŸ˜€

  193. Amanda,momof 3nOK says:

    I would love to be entered to win this cookbook.

  194. kellirc says:

    I would love to get one of these. My mother and father love vintage cookbooks.

  195. patrice says:

    I’d love to be in the drawing for this.

  196. Willamette Valley Girl says:

    As the daughter of a Home Economist I would love to add this cookbook to my collection. Thanks so much.

  197. Sundownr / Bev says:

    I collect old cookbooks and would dearly love, no, NEED :hissyfit: , one of the 1948 Rumford Cookbooks (would really like the 1918, but one of the ’48 models will do).

    I roll my own baking powder as I need it, and I don’t have to worry about running out.

  198. Chris says:

    I would be HONORED to win this wonderful cookbook!

  199. Courtney says:

    Oooh, I’d love one! One of my favourite cookbooks is my 1945 edition of the Purity cookbook. It’s full of awesome (and hilarious! and very very frugal) recipes.

  200. Shar says:

    I’d love to be in the drawing as this would be a cookbook that is just my style! Thank you to MMHoney for donating the books! Thank you, Suzanne for having the drawings!

  201. joanne says:

    Random Number Generator…PLEASE PICK ME!!!!!

    I would love to have this cookbook. It just may inspire me to do some baking…which I never do. Thanks Suzanne

  202. Karen Anne says:

    Photo of Rumford bakng powder, available here in RI:

  203. Maria says:

    Oh wow, I would love the chance to win this cookbook. I seriously dig old cookbooks…

  204. Donna says:

    Please enter me. Thanks Donna

  205. irishhillstrish says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmunster :)Enter moi!

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  207. Chickenlady says:

    :hissyfit: Looks like I’m 11 months too late to enter the contest for the cookbook. But I bet Charley has put it to good use all these months. I’m finding all sorts of interesting stuff on here today. Thanks Suzanne for some entertaining reads!!!! :happyflower:

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