The following is a list of the cookbooks being featured in this blog post:
HOME TOWN RECIPES by Boy Scouts of Lancaster, Ontario, Canada (around) 1985
LUNDSTROM COOK & LOOK BOOK compiled by Connie Lundstrom, 1992
Recently, I received three boxes of cookbooks from my penpal, Betsy, who lives in Michigan. She buys and reads the cookbooks when she finds them—and then, not having a lot of storage space, she sends them to me. I may not have enough space for any more cookie jars or recipe boxes, but I haven’t quite run out of space for cookbooks. But for now, the new stacks of cookbooks – all club and church types—are waiting for attention.

Since I wrote recently about my collection of recipes in 3-ring binders (which, I confess, I continue to collect as I go through women’s magazines and cut out pages using an Exacto knife) – I thought I could start with a few club-and-church type cookbooks, all spiral bound, that are family cookbooks—that is, some cookbooks compiled by individual families.

I know how much work (never mind cost!) goes into one of these cookbooks because in 2004 my family cookbook finally got off the ground and published before my sister, Barbara, passed away. I took some of the published Schmidt family cookbooks with me to Tennessee for Barbara (who the family called Becky) to give out to her own children and grandchildren.

Actually, the Schmidt family cookbook – which was titled Grandma’s Favorite—was twenty years in the making. It was at my father’s funeral in 1984 that we first discussed compiling a family cookbook and then it took the next twenty years to get the family members to send me their recipes.

It went to a publisher that specializes in this type of cookbook with my sister Becky and I footing the bill. We figured we could sell enough of the books at $10.00 each to defray the cost.
In 2002, my work office had decided to publish a cookbook as a company fund raiser. I did a lot of the work on that cookbook but didn’t have to concern myself with the cost. THAT cookbook, believe it or not, was also twenty years in the making. The Office employees began collecting recipes in 1985 or 86…eventually we had over 400 recipes (and the more recipes you have, the more it costs to publish it)—so another employee and I typed up all of the recipes, printed it at work and put the collection into a large 3-ring binder.

When the Office committee decided to publish The Office Cookbook, they reduced the number of recipes by about 200. The end result was a lovely cookbook. When a co-worker of mine learned about the original 400, he asked if he could copy it. I told him of course—as a way of saying thank you, this coworker, whose name was Garrett, made a beautiful copy of the original 400 recipes for me. What I have loved all along about the original 400 Office Cookbook is the many recipes contributed by employees who retired or passed away. It’s still one of my all-time favorites. This just gives you a bit of an idea what you can do with family recipes—but above everything else, you do need financial support. Becky and I, between us, came up with enough money to get our family cookbook published.

Here’s the thing about publishing your own cookbook—whether for a church or club or personal family; when it’s a family project, the publishing company wants the entire amount of money up front. When you are with a church or club, you have something like 90 days to pay it off. If you can incorporate ads into your cookbook by means of visiting various businesses in your area—that money can help you get your cookbook publisher paid off early in the game.

All of this being said, as a means of introduction, I want to share with you five other family or small church cookbooks. I should also mention that a lot of individual women have published their own collections of recipes. This is ideal course for someone who has a large collection of personal recipes and their friends and family are constantly urging them to get their collection published.

(Needless to say, these urgers are totally unaware of the cost of publishing your own recipes.) Oops, I lied—I just found two more personal family cookbooks. And I want to reaffirm that all of these came with the three boxes of cookbooks my friend Betsy sent to me recently. I have NO idea how many others like these are amongst the cookbooks on my shelves and in the garage library.
In any case, the first one I want to mention is HOME TOWN RECIPES, subtitled “Be Prepared” that was compiled by the 1st Lancaster Boy Scouts of Lancaster, Ontario, Canada.

This is a slim spiral bound cookbook that boasts of many sponsors—from a Lancaster Flower Shop to Feed & Farm Supply, some banks and insurance companies. All you need from a sponsor, when you want to sell them some space in your cookbook, is their business cards. Selling space for ads is a great way to defray the cost of getting your cookbook published. HOME TOWN RECIPES is undated but it appears that one of the buyers, named Eve, gave a copy gave a copy to someone else and then dated it January 24, 1985. I’ve done something like this myself, many times, when I participated in a cookbook project and then bought extra copies to give as gifts.

I am reminded of the first church cookbook I ever owned – it was a Methodist church in Cincinnati in 1961—and my father bought about five copies to give as gifts to my mother, sister, me – and whoever else. Those books were only a dollar each.

Not surprisingly, the Lancaster, Ontario, boy scouts HOME TOWN RECIPES from the 1st Lancaster Boy Scouts of Lancaster, Ontario, Canada isn’t listed on—but if you like the title and it has whet your appetite, you can find a slew of “Home Town cookbooks” to be found in many different cities – one I am interested in was Home Town Recipes by Friends of the Volunteer Center Auburn CA (Jan 1, 1969) – I have friends who live in Auburn, California. Home Town Recipes has a fair amount of tried-and-true recipes in it – I know because they are some of MY tried-and-true recipes—recipes such as Beef in Red Wine (called Beef Burgundy in my cookbook)—are in Home Town Recipes. There are a lot of ads in the cookbook as well.

Next is a spiral bound cookbook titled TASTEFULLY YOURS which was compiled and edited by Janice Conklin Hesselink. Recipes were submitted by the Missionaries of the Reformed Church in America, sponsored by Reformed Church women in 1977. What is especially fascinating about TASTEFULLY YOURS is its collection of recipes from other countries—starting with American Indian, Canada, Mexico, Ethiopia, Arabia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and wrapping it up with recipes from the Philippines. Listed as a separate category are Southern recipes. A lot of work went into this cookbook. Tastefully Yours is listed in, listed at $7.16 for a new copy or $3.17 for a pre-owned copy..

A Privately compiled and printed is an 1989 endeavor called GRANDMA LOVEY’S COOKBOOK. It has 3 rings holding the whole thing together, and subtitled “A collection of recipes gathered over the past 73 years. Inside is a dedication for Mother’s Day, May 14, 1989, and offered as a tribute by “Ma Ma’s” children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Also inside is a list of all the family members, listing all the names and dates of birth. Grandma Lovey dictates a lengthy introduction, starting with her birth in Germany and leading up to her brother Ehler and her, Greta, coming to America. Greta’s story about her life in Germany is really interesting –I am especially interested in her story about Christmas; the Christmas tree not being put up until Christmas Eve and when the children came home from church, there it would be in the living room. She also notes there were not many gifts, but mostly things they could use, like knitted stockings or mittens. (this is almost exactly how Christmas arrived in my mother’s home—although we didn’t go to church Christmas Eve—we went to my Grandma Schmidt’s house. I remember taking my two younger brothers downtown to shop on Christmas Eve day and then taking the bus back to Fairmount to our grandmother’s. My father would be sent to pick us up in his car when all was ready, and sometimes my godmother, Barbara, would be with him).

Getting back to Grandma Lovey’s trip to America, she relates that it took 10 days and 9 hours (which I think is a misprint), The first place she saw was Ellis Island and she didn’t speak any English, so she was fearful she wouldn’t be allowed “in”—she recalls if anything was found wrong with you, you would be sent back to your home country. (I understand that a lot of the foreigners who crossed the ocean and arrived at Ellis Island didn’t speak English. It boggles my mind when you think how they all managed to find their destinations).

Then Greta took a train trip to South Dakota to live with an uncle for a few months. In 1927 Greta met her husband, Roland Lovelace, who worked in a shoe shop. Six months later, they were married and not too long after that, the newlyweds moved to Fargo, North Dakota. There is a great deal more to Grandma Lovey’s memoirs—I could easily be swayed to write pages about her memories but this is a cookbook review!! What a wonderful tribute this was for the family matriarch—I can’t imagine how or why someone gave away or sold this copy.

Recipes include German Potato Salad, Home Made Noodles, Sauerkraut and Pork Roast, Angel Food Cake (about 1 ½ cups of egg whites—about 10 eggs) and my favorite, Home Made Sauerkraut—and more. Grandma Lovey’s Cookbook will have to be kept on the same shelf as my copy of Grandma’s Favorite—so many of the recipes are similar to those of MY grandmother. Well done, Lovey family. **

Another family cookbook was that of the Sias Family; their West Virginia Heritage Cookbook compiled by family member Judy Blevins, was in honor of Thomas and Maggie Garlin Sias. Ancestor Thomas was born in 1873 and died in 1962; Maggie was born in 1883 and passed away in 1932. They had seven sons and four daughters. Included in the cookbook, along with recipes, are family photographs of various family members, which is a lovely touch for everyone.

Look for traditional southern family favorites such as Blackberry Pie and Blackberry Cobbler, Pecan Pie and Old Fashioned Bread Pudding , Blackberry Cake (that I want to try) as well as some unusual recipes, such as Vanilla Cherry Fudge, Cupcakes Filled with Cream, or perhaps Sweet Potato CAKE—we see a lot of sweet potato pies but I have never before found one for Sweet Potato Cake—another recipe I look forward to trying.

Sias Family Heritage Cookbook was published in 2003, printed by Morris Press Cookbooks who did my family cookbook as well as The Office Cookbook that I was involved with compiling. I didn’t find it listed on but you may find a copy if you start searching for one. Judy Blevins, the family member who got the cookbook compiled, is listed at PO Box 502 in Huntington, West Virginia 25710 – in case anyone is interested.
Another cookbook compiled and had published is COOK & LOOK BOOK by Connie Lundstrom. She mentions that this cookbook was her 7th published book so I began to check into her history on I found 9 published titles; remember not all of her published works are cookbooks.

I learned that Connie is the author of OUR FAVORITE RECIPES, 1982
MY HOME, THE HIGHWAY, published in 1986,
CONNIE’S HOLIDAY COOKBOOK published in 1988 and
COOK & LOOK BOOK published in 1992

She is the author of FROM FEAR TO FAITH, 1994, as well as:

OUR FAVORITE RECIPES co-authored by husband Lowell and Connie.
As I searched for more titles from, this is what I learned about Connie:
“ Connie Lundstrom, Christian singer, author, conference host and speaker, wife of Pastor/Evangelist, Lowell Lundstrom, went to be with the Lord, December 13, 2011.
She and Lowell attended four years of Bible college together at what is now Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota. Both were good students; Connie was elected valedictorian and Lowell salutatorian of their class.

The couple began their evangelistic music ministry, traveling in a little Nash Rambler station-wagon to churches in the Midwest. Since then, the ministry has grown tremendously. Connie, Lowell and eight team members traveled in two buses over 300 nights of the year throughout the United States and Canada holding city-wide interdenominational outreaches, seminars and rallies for over two decades.

In the fall of 1996, Lowell and Connie launched Celebration Church in the Minneapolis suburb of Burnsville, Minnesota. They continue their soul winning outreaches and marriage seminars across the United States and Canada as well as being pastors at Celebration Church.

Connie is the mother of four children, Londa, Lisa, Lowell Jr. and Lance and grandmother of five, Chase, Connor, Reagan, Gracen, and Zeke. All of the children traveled with the Lundstrom Ministry team, participating in crusades and rallies while they were growing up. Connie has written about the many challenges and blessings of this itinerant lifestyle in her book, “My Home The Highway.”

Her most recent outreach project, one she was very enthused about starting, was the Good News Radio Show, a 15 minute weekly Internet podcast which is broadcast from Lowell and Connie began producing these shows in April of 2011”.

The cookbook I am presenting now is the Lundstrom Cook & Look Book; Connie writes on the cover, “A collection of photographs of our life on the road and recipes from special friends we’ve made along the way.

Within the pages of COOK & LOOK, I have found many recipes spanning decades of my own collection—for instance, Easy Pralines was a favorite candy recipe of mine—it has a box of butterscotch pudding and pie mix in the recipe. I’m not sure why I stopped making it but I think it was because I graduated on to some other praline candy recipes, but there is a recipe for Rye Bread that I discovered and-as luck has it—I have a package of rye flour that I’ve been meaning to make into rye bread. I may have to send some of it to my brother to Keep it from becoming wild bird feed.

Connie was a stunning beautiful woman, as evidence by photographs featured in the COOK & LOOK COOKBOOK, which, she writes, is a collection of photographs of their life on the road, and recipes from special friends they made along the way. I think this one is going on a baker’s rack, where I keep the cookbooks I use most often. And there are many recipes in this cookbook—lots of muffin recipes, for example, including my favorite muffin recipe that is made with bran cereal. There is also a Date Nut Brand Muffin recipe (2 cups all bran cereal) that I bought a container of pitted dates to try Connie’s recipe. Here is a rhymed recipe you may enjoy, if you remember all the rhymed recipes that I posted a couple years ago;

“She guessed at the pepper, the soup was too hot
She guessed on the water; it dried in the pot
She guessed at the salt and what do you think?
For the rest of the day, we did nothing but drink.
She guessed at the sugar, the cause was too sweet
And by her guessing, the spoiled the meat.
What is the moral? It was easy to see

This completes “The First Five”—if you enjoy reading about other cookbooks, I will work on the next five.



3 responses to “THE FIRST FIVE

  1. Finally have a working computer… Sandy, you could make recipes for shoe leather sound great! Your descriptions of these books, especially the ones with ethnic/regional flavor have me wanting them for my own collection. Unfortunately, as you know, lack of space reins in my desires.

    Anyway, count this as a vote for more reviews from you.

  2. I am glad you enjoy the books I send. I have fun looking for them. I wish I knew who owned them and why they gave them to the library book sales. The reviews are great. Keep doing them.

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