Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Fun To Cook Book


This hardcover book has a white plastic comb binding. The front cover, turquoise with green diagonal lines and purple design, has a drawing of a young girl mixing muffins using Carnation Milk. The title is in large white letters with designs inside the letters of "Fun to." The back has the same turquoise pattern with a small white vase with three red carnations at the bottom. the first page has a letter from Margie Blake, the daughter of Mary Blake, Home Service Department of the Carnation Company. There is a two-page table of contents with a border of drawings of foods and cooking utensils. There is "My First Day In The Kitchen (That's when I learned about mixing bowls and kitchen spoons; to be careful with knives, too)," "So That I Could Cook Again...(I had to learn about cleaning up the kitchen)" and "Safety First Rules." Recipes range from basic (soup from a can, sandwiches, cake from a mix) to more involved (meat loaf, scrambled eggs, strawberry pie) and have many illustrations showing utensils used and steps in preparation. There is a narrative from Margie throughout the recipes and a promotion (by Margie) for five free pamphlets of Carnation recipes ("If your mother will write to my can have any or all of these free books for your first cook book library"). There is one page promoting Carnation products ("Other good Carnation products your mother likes to use!").

Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Author: Blake, Mary

Brand Name: Carnation Milk

Publisher: Carnation Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.)


48 p.

20.3 x 15.9 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: Blake, Mary. Fun To Cook Book. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

illustration of king running with tray of tarts


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