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30 May 2012 @ 11:25 pm
McCall's Cocktail-Time Cookbook, 1965  
WHAT ROUGH CHEESE, its olives come round at last, jiggles towards America to be born? (With insincere apologies to Yeats.)

Twice as nice, without the annoying text.

YES. It is cheese molded to resemble a pineapple, then studded with olives, then given an actual pineapple hat. According to the book, it is 15 1/2 inches around and makes enough spread for 180 crackers. 180 crackers.

I do, however, love the art work.

But wait, what is this?

THE GAYEST WAY. (Not quite, but come for the cocktails, then stay for the, um, cocktails.)

What else do I need for this gayest of partays to assure success?

Yes. That seems accurate.

I always feel like, some olives watchin' meeee...

It's a deviled-ham-a-bration! Especially those not particularly gay ham boats that look like lady parts. For gay ladies! Equal opportunity genital food!

In fact, this book was obsessed with boats. Ham boats, date nut boats, fruit boats, boat boats...

And finally, fish on toast. You're welcome.
leichenkellerfalling_empress on May 31st, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
omg what is it with these vintage cookbooks and nasty looking hors d'oeuvres

crackers + gelatin of some sort + cheese or cheese spread + gross deli meat or canned meat + some sort of thinly sliced vegetable + cream cheese spread of some sort + olives = winning platter

Edited at 2012-05-31 03:44 am (UTC)
airsucker on May 31st, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
"Dips That Are Definitely Different" Is that a threat?

The wacky rectangle tray in the middle: Is this your attempt to define chaos theory with appetizers? Its really more a description of the elder gods, I think.

The deviled ham swirls: So this is how they hypnotize you into into riding the ham boats. Enjoy baby.
Darling of Stage & Screamcustardfairy on May 31st, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Dips that are defiant!
ninglorethningloreth on May 31st, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
What gorgeous graphics, though, especially the contents page.
Archbishop Melkerarchbishopm on May 31st, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Good point. The sixties and seventies were far and away the apex of cookbook illustration. And yet oh so not of food. :-p
Darling of Stage & Screamcustardfairy on May 31st, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
I tend to really love the graphics in these (McCall's, specifically) because they are really appealing to my sense of awesomeness. They have little (color!) graphics in between recipes that are delightful, but quite a pain to scan/crop/etc. Maybe I shall, though.
Darling of Stage & Screamcustardfairy on May 31st, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Also, would you agree that the contents page graphics are made with colored tissue paper? That's what it looks like to me. Awesome if true.
airsucker on May 31st, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
To me it looks like wood block printing by 6 year olds.
ninglorethningloreth on May 31st, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
I think that what they probably did (because I used to work in a graphics studio in the days before Macs) is: draw the outline of each area of colour, then instruct the printer to fill the area with colour, but not print the outlines. But, I agree, it does look like tissue paper. And I particularly like the orange stuck with cocktail sticks :-)

The recipes are so aspirational. I wonder how many wives ruined their husbands' chances of promotion serving these?
SarahMichigansarahmichigan on June 1st, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
I actually love the drawings/paintings as opposed to the photos. I've always liked that look in cookbooks. But much else - yes, terrifying.
Emily BrungoEmily Brungo on June 9th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Do you by any chance have the recipe for the cheese-based pineapple which is studded with olives? I am ready, willing, and able to make it as long as I have the original recipe!