Plano library’s virtual seminar to focus on vintage food from various eras and regions
Discuss your favorite childhood comfort food dishes and recipes from various eras and regions, including North Texas, at a virtual seminar hosted by the Plano Public Library on July 20.
Library staff members plan to discuss their favorite vintage dishes and desserts, and participants are invited to discuss theirs, as well. Registration is free and can be completed online.
Resources provided by the library include a page of screenshots of vintage recipes from Plano and other parts of North Texas. More historical cookbooks and recipes are also available through Portal to Texas History.
Dishes up for discussion range from vintage appetizers, dinners, and drinks to cakes and healthier takes on childhood snacks, based on a list of suggested books from the library.
To help get the recipe ideas and memories flowing, the library has compiled a list of books for suggested reading. All of the titles below are searchable on the library’s website or can be purchased from retailers.
Comfort food and vintage recipe books include:
- “Betty Crocker lost recipes: beloved vintage recipes for today’s kitchen,” by Betty Crocker
- “Modern comfort cooking: feel-good favorites made fresh and new,” by Lauren Grier
- “Momofuku Milk Bar,” by Christina Tosi
- “Real snacks: make your favorite childhood treats without all the junk,” by Lara Ferroni
- “Retro recipes from the ’50s and ’60s: 103 vintage appetizers, dinners, and drinks everyone will love,” by Addie Gundry
- “Salt smoke time: homesteading and heritage techniques for the modern kitchen,” by Will Horowitz
- “The vintage baker: more than 50 recipes from Butterscotch pecan curls to sour cream jumbles,” by Jessie Sheehan
- “Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today’s Sweet Tooth,” by Julie Richardson
Other books listed by the library feature recipes with explanations by the authors about why they enjoy the food as well as why they make it. They include:
- “One dish at a time: delicious recipes and stories from my Italian-American childhood and beyond,” by Valerie Bertinelli
- “The turmeric trail: recipes and memories from an Indian childhood,” by Raghavan Iyer
- “The best cook in the world: tales from my momma’s table,” by Rick Bragg
- “Summers under the tamarind tree: recipes & memories from Pakistan,” by Sumayya Usamani
- “Nothing fancy: recipes and recollections of soul-satisfying food,” by Diana Kennedy
- “Maman’s homesick pie: a Persian heart in an American kitchen,” by Donia Bijan
- “Hallelujah! the Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes,” by Maya Angelou
- “Kitchen Yarns; Notes on Life, Love, and Food,” by Ann Hood
- “Bong Mom’s Cookbook,” by Sandeepa Datta Mukherjee