Not THE Andy Warhol, I thought, as I tucked the tome into my purse. Little did I know.
Turns out THE Andy Warhol is the artist behind the charming pen and ink illustrations in this cookery classic. And so, I like it even more.
Published in 1961, Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cook Book has been out of print for more than 30 years, but it's not exactly out of circulation. In fact, after buying my $3 copy, I noticed that my parents already had one kicking around. It had certainly been in my house for all of my young life, but I never noticed. (Then again, why would I? I wasn't exactly a Jr. Martha.)
The recipes are certainly dated, which is, in part, why I haven't tried any of them. Though I always intend to, I just never get around to it. The book's all about things like cheese souffles, salads of marshmallows and jellied ham, but there are plenty of classics in the mix as well.
I don't know why I tell you any of this. This is just one of those vintage books that is nice to own. Even if I don't use it, even if the thought of marshmallow salad makes me gag, I love owning this book.
Before I sign off, I'll leave you with some morbid, but interesting facts: Warhol was the victim of an assassination attempt, as I'm sure you know (though, since Kennedy was shot just days later, the event was sort of overshadowed), but did you know that Vanderbilt died from a fall out a second story window in New York? And to this day, it's still not known if the fall was an accident, or if she committed suicide. Why bring it up? I don't know. I guess I just find it interesting to see the difference between those etiquette and art celebrities of old and the famous tastemakers that are around today. Our scandals are of a whole different sort, no?